Nothing whatsoever. Why? I was foolish enough to move to Virgin Media recently, and have paid my £14.95 to watch it live tonight. However, I have had a blank screen since the first five minutes, no reboots will solve it. I’ve established from some UK wrestling forums that other Virgin customers are having the same problem. There is no-one available at Virgin to help, as they close their helplines at midnight. Further reading also established that they messed up last years Wrestlemania too. So what the hell is going on? Why haven’t they learnt their lesson from last year? Put a few people on just in case the same thing happens again. Last year they refunded everyone (according to what I’ve read). Don’t Virgin want my money? Are they stupid? I’ll update when I’ve actually spoken to them about it tomorrow.
I’ve tested this out, and my own results seemed rather sensible, they were indeed by and large people I knew. I’m waiting for the “people I knew and lost touch with” feature though, that might be more fun. Or “people you were bullied by at school”.
Okay, you’re a member of several Social Networks now. There is probably one you use a lot, likely the one you started with, but you haven’t done much with the others. What if you could post messages or updates to several of them at once? This is where ping.fm comes in. Presently supporting Facebook, Jaiku, Pownce, Tumblr and Twitter, and soon to add support for Myspace and Bebo, this is a simple web-based app that will allow you to post to all of these networks at once. Nice and simple to set up, and it does what it promises fine. It’s still in a private beta at the moment, but let me know if you want to try it, I have a code that may (or indeed may not) still work for signup.
You can also bundle up what you’ve been doing at the other end too. Friendfeed will gather together feeds of your activities on several social networks, blogs, photo sites, Youtube, Last.fm and several other places, and offer them all up as a single feed (this is mine). You can also add all your friends, and follow their feeds too. I personally find that last element a little intrusive, as you can do that without asking. You can do so and choose to keep it private, but for now I won’t do either for anyone that hasn’t tracked me down and added me in Friendfeed.
There has been a little surge of these bundling services, taking the API or feeds of several different sites, and offering them up as a whole new site. Both definitely offer something to the user, and I’m using both daily now. I do wonder though if they strip away some of the individual features of different sites to fit what all of them have. I am sure there will be several more such ideas coming in the next few months though.
I’m feeling a bit odd, full of cold or something, and thus a bit out of it. I’ve been passing the time by catching up on a great little web comic, Questionable Content. It’s been going for coming on for five years now I think, and I’ve been reading through the archives to learn just what has been going on. It’s all making even more sense now, but even without doing that, it’s well worth a read.
Songkick may be worth a look if you want to keep track of your favourite band’s gigs, or see what’s on in your area. They’ve even got a downloadable client which will scan your music collection, and see if any of the bands you have listed are on tour. Nice (except the client doesn’t work in Linux. Makes grumpy geek face).
Sweding is the process of copying a film by remaking it yourself, as per the wonderful Michel Gondry film Be Kind Rewind. Sweded remakes of films are now starting to crop up on Youtube, such as this version of the original Star Wars. It’s alright to begin with, then just gets better and better.
Twitterfox is a handy little Firefox Extension for all users of Twitter. It keeps you up to date with your friends twitters, and gives you a nice quick interface for posting. It takes up a tiny piece of real estate on your status bar (an issue if like me you have a lot of extensions that place things there, I have run out of space on some of my installs, and Firefox gets a bit ugly when that happens).
What is also worth mentioning is that it is really nicely designed, the alerts and interface for reading/posting twitters is tiny and well done. I suspect that the style may well end up influencing other similar extensions, as it is the way to do it. I’d love similar for status updates to Facebook for instance.