Friday, January 23, 2009

Broadcast Expo visit

I'm planning to go on the Tuesday (17th) - anyone else going that day?

S :-)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Next meeting - Feb 9th

I so nearly got it right in the last message. It is the second Monday in the month from now on, and the year has indeed changed to 2009. But it's the 9th Feb not the 10th.

It's looking promising for another big demo night, we have agents working on our behalf with Sony, and Richard is promising a big name to (gasp) talk about editing programmes, so it won't be all tech.

More details when we've inked the names in....

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Notes from Jan 09

This is the blog equivalent of blowing down the big Alpine Horn then:

Yes, a reminder to all who were present, in body if not in spirit, that we decided to switch meetings to second Mondays in the month. Back to tradition, then.

So the next date to circle / highlight is Monday Feb 10th. Or in the conventional calendar, that's Feb 9th. Thanks to Nick for pointing this out.

Quick links from me:

> the ever-so-clever BBC iPlayer app for the Apple TV is called Boxee (not Beebox as I said last night, which was something altogether different). To make it work you have to 'modify' the AppleTV too, which is an adventure in itself. Boxee is found here. There's a good introduction on the wikipedia entry here. As I mentioned last night, the boxee support for iPlayer (on XBox as well as other platforms) is thought to be a Good Thing by BBC insider bloggers, but they issue a caution about changes in iPlayer to come which might break it temporarily. This I interpret (in my usual 2+2=5 fashion) to be an oblique hint about Dirac adoption for iPlayer rather than the alpha nature of the Boxee app.

> read down a couple of posts to find out more about the iPlayer on the Mac platform

> and finally, this month's free software is Dropbox, cloud storage and syncing across pcs, mac, unix, etc. 2GB of storage for free from the Amazon/S3 folk. The web interface works well on iTouch/iPhone too. Register or read all about it here.

Watch this space for news of upcoming events and resumption of raffles.


PS Thanks to my friend Quentin who was first (amongst several) to point me in the direction of Dropbox. Now why did so many people think I'd be interested in freebie software?

Friday, January 02, 2009

Next meeting - Jan 12th 2009

Happy New Year to all wefcpug members, and the wider community of readers to this blog who appear to be out there, from my user stats!

The next wefcpug meeting is a week later than our usual pattern, so we can all readjust gently from the holiday season: It's Monday Jan 12th, 7pm at the BBC Bristol as usual.

Nothing fixed yet on the agenda, though pencilled in are a catchup on the BBC iPlayer's move into the Mac highground, unfounded rumour and speculation about MacWorld (why should we miss out on the fun) and a chance for YOU to help plan the year ahead for wefcpug.