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View Article  It's alive
Well my good people the site has gone live, from Monday students and staff will begin using it in earnest.  IMO the site is about 90% bug free, so the next few weeks will be very telling, browser support is reasonable with only Safari causing a headache because the Ajax commenting system won't play ball.  The main things is that there is some excellent video content on the site and that learner now have a focal point for their efforts.

Over and out
View Article  Progress Report

Hi folks,

This is just an update on progress. We have completed some filming which we will shortly upload to ...   more »

View Article  Web Streaming Technologies
Over the past few months I've been looking a range of video streaming and delivery methods for the project, here are a few items of note:

CDN (content delivery network)

View Article  Setting up the web tools...

Just finished setting up most of the initial hosting environments for the project site and this blog. So we now have the following main domains.

This is the main project hub and consists of a netvibes universe that pulls together all the parts of the project including this blog, twitter, the main TV website & the project page on jisc as well as various widgets and feeds of interest to the project team.  It essentially just a way to bring everything together under a web 2.0 environment.  The choice of netvibes was down to me as I'd used it before and was comfortable with the environment... looks pretty good too.

You're looking at it! This is going to be the main project blog once I get all the users set up and do a quick awareness session for everyone involved in the project. So stay tooned... for lots from Ben, Gary, Jayne, Tony, Kay, Sophia, Jeff, Jonny et al.

You'll see a few retrospective posts appear over the next week or so as we bring in some of the content from our previous project blog and get the story so far up to date.

Also hoping to have lots of photos posted here too, to bring the project story alive

These are the main TV site, and will slowly evolve into the full service with many and varied channels.  A basic holding page will stay until all the search engine submissions and email set-up is completed.  A soft launch page will then follow with proper brand identity and a video trailer/teaser.  Followed by V1.0...

Technologies being used to put that together will be:

Linux hosting
Apache, PHP, MySQL
JW Player from longhorn video
Coming along later will be..
CDN hosting with Flash Media Server or WOWZA

And finally...

Here's a photo of me standing by the Monty Python and The Holy Grail Clapper board at Doune in Scotland... if to prove my cimematic credentials lol

Neil Stapleton
Project Technical Advisor, Solutions Architect
& Web Monkey
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View Article  Welcome
Hi Everyone

Just a quick post to get the blog going, so what else to say... Welcome!

Neil Stapleton
Project Technical Advisor, Solutions Architect
& Web Monkey
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