It looks like the Writers Strike will keep going for a while, but we have found that you just can’t keep a good writer down. Those from “The Office” produce “The Office is Closed,” and fans, like those for John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, offer pleas to settle. There are even viral spoofs, such as this one by National Lampoon. Our favorite has to be by the writers of The Simpsons, who come out of their animated closet. How ironic that the very medium they are fighting over has in fact become the battlefield.
You can now have the capability of turning your cell phone into a Bluetooth or USB webcam for plugging into your laptop. Warelex’s Mobiola can screen capture you on Skype, Yahoo, YouTube, ICQ, AOL, and other IMs. The cam is compatible with Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices including Smartphones, several Nokia phones, and some by Sony-Ericsson.The Mobiola is available for a free trial session for a week for up to 5 minutes at a time and is priced between $4.95 and $19.95, depending on your mobile phone.
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It certainly helps to have partners in high places on the Net. Logitech, working with the YouTube Video Toolbox, has decided to offer its one-touch instant uploading for the site with its QuickCam software (version 11.5.) Once your clip is secure, you receive a link to it for distribution to those who are either the subject or object of your humiliation. With all the cameras, software, and now free and simplified connect, you have no excuse not to join up with the YouTube school of infamy. Download it at Logitech, if you already have the urge and proper equipment.
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Another new mini-cam has come out for YouTube fanatics. Aiptek has now released the GO-HD, a five megapixel cam with a 1280 x 720p resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio at 30 fpm using H 264 technology. It also has a 3x zoom with auto-focus and a CMOS sensor. Featuring a 2.4-inch TFT color LSD display, you get instant playback or can connect to your TV, monitor, or PC for viewing. The Go-HD carries an MSRP of $279.99.
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If it says Oprah, it’s got to be good, right? La Winfrey began her own YouTube page this week and debuted it on her show yesterday. Her guests included its creators Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, as well as some top “stars” from the site itself. She even went as far as capturing her own show on her Flipvideo, but we will spare you the results. While she may be excited about her new pet project, we just want to say, “What took you so long?”
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This year is teeming with mini-cameras and the VholdR has become part of the line that is made for those on the go that want their exploits seen online. The cam is only 3.7-inches and weighs merely 4.8 oz. Shooting 640 x 480 footage at 30 fps, it utilizes a microSD card for storage. Its lens has a twin laser alignment and can rotate, and the unit itself is waterproof and shockproof. The VholdR will be up for grabs sometime during the holiday season for $349.99, although the company is encouraging pre-order with a deposit of $50.00. Online retailer Twenty20 Cameras claims that there will be only a limited supply, but we figure that there are plenty of other mini-cams to choose from that we can actually touch before buying.
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The market for point and shoot digital cameras gets crowded. Casio’s Exilim EX-S880 is a standout. The EX-S880 comes in at a diminutive 2.4 x 3.7 x .7 inches and weighs 7 ounces, making it perfect to slip into a pocket or purse for the evening. Despite the small size, the EX-S880 packs 8.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, H.264 MPEG 4 video capability, face detection and anti shake technology. Read on to get our full thoughts on the Exilim EX-S880.
YouTube has finally released the means to automatically remove copyrighted clips. Although it has been eliminating most of those videos per request, the site is hoping that this will have a more positive impact on complaints such as Viacom’s suit against them. Working with its parent Google, the technology also allows companies to sell ads on their material if they will allow them to remain on YouTube. Unfortunately, the method of copyright protection requires copies of the videos that need protecting to be given to YouTube for comparison. This certainly doesn’t appear to be the solution that the studios desire and we suspect that YouTube will have to go back to the drawing board on this one.
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The University of Washington LUG (Linux User Group) was told that they needed more females among their ranks to attract them into the WSU’s computer science programs. The nerds came up with a plan to auction themselves off. They suggested that the delegated male students can fix the females’ computers, help with homework, or act as dinner partners.
LUG President Ben Ford says that he and a selected sorority sister will host the event, which he hopes will become a YouTube extravaganza. Unfortunately, although the club has contacted many of the sororities on campus, there have been no takers thusfar. We suspect that any female who is using Linux is already intelligent enough to fix her own computer and can do her homework by herself, thank you very much.
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Pitzer College has begun to offer college credit for students that watch YouTube. Approximately 35 students attend the class where they watch videos and make comments about them. They are also encouraged to submit their own work. Professor Alexandra Juhasz, who set up the “Learning From YouTube” course, believes that one can learn about the “corporate-sponsored democratic media expression.” This sounds to us like one of those excuses not to have to issue and/or do real homework on the part of both the instructor and students, and suspect it will soon have the popularity of such classes as basket weaving and Dummy Math 101.
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