Restyle, make it simpler!

Whenever you see something flashy and eye-appealing web design, at first glance you are attracted to it, you may even consider using it. Now that the web 2.0 bubble is over, things are starting to get back at a more sane level, simpler, cleaner, faster. Google, Facebook, Techcrunch, Stackoverflow... everybody seems to be in the right track. Finally.

I've been looking for a new theme for quite some time, and I can say that after many years of research Ii finally found one that satisfies me: it's simple, easy to read, clean, lightweight, almost pure-css and elegant. Not surprisinly, it's called " SimpleFolio". Thanks to Omar E. Corrales for the Wordpress theme and to BWPanda for the Drupal porting.


Thesis: Open Source implementations of encoding algorithms for video distribution in the HTML5 era

I finally finished and presented my thesis. I'm releasing the work under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike Works 3.0 license.


This dissertation will cover the basics of video encoding and distribution over TCP/IP, focusing on Open Source technologies and the future prospects of podcasting and video fruition in general. Particular attention will be given to the state of the art technology (MPEG-4 Part 10 specifications) and the new possibilities of HTML5 and the integration of the patent-free video codec Ogg Theora.



Gmail Voice and Video chat first impressions

This is quite revolutionary. I have been waiting for this feature for a long time. Just like Justin Uberti said video and voice chat were added today in gmail.

gmail video chat

"We've tried to make this an easy-to-use, seamless experience, with high-quality audio and video. And we've built this product using Internet standards, such as XMPP, RTP, and the newly-standardized H.264/SVC video codec."


Radiohead - House of cards video shot with lasers and Google code releases sources

Radiohead just released a new video for its song "House of Cards" from the album "In Rainbows".

Radiohead - House of Cards

Radiohead - House of Cards
Radiohead - House of Cards
Radiohead - House of Cards

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.


Google helping Burma with the Cyclone Nargis

Google is showing "Support disaster relief in Myanmar (Burma)" due to the Cyclone Nargis, at least in all English speaking home pages, as far as I could see.

Google Helping out with the Burma disaster: donate to UNICEF

Consider a donation to UNICEF.

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