Windows live writer

Just came across newest Microsoft attempt to dominate Internet space: Windows Live Writer. It’s part of the new Windows Live Messenger installation along with some other tools (photo gallery, email client …). It has a nifty setup process which runs through your existing weblog (in my situation) and correctly figures out the publishing software as well as other settings it needs in order to set up the client correctly. It also some how captures the feeling of your template (background image, fonts, colours) and uses them as the background in client screen.

It’s still in it’s 1.0 version (although it’s passed a rigorous beta testing).

Take a look and let me know about

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Joost, IP tv?

I stumbled upon joost tonight while surfing the Net. The TV over IP or IP TV has been in spot light for a long time. Here in Toronto Bell started the buzz almost two years ago but so far, it’s been only smoke and light and no word on when it might be out and now it seems the wait is over.

The way it works is through a software with a fairly good UI. The quality of the shows are fairly good although it flickers some times and in a couple of cases, sound and image were not synched. I couldn’t find the shows I wanted but it’s an unrealistic expectation from something free to compete with good old TV. However, the day has already come for cable companies to feel a real competition.

Bottom line, joost is only the tip of the iceberg in this market and with cowboys like Google, it won’t be far when we see some real TV on the Net.

Songbird

songbirdmail.gifI found Songbird a while ago while hanging around on the Net. It’s a browser/media player/ media download manager developed on Mozilla’s Firefox engine. With a long list of features and the reputation of Firefox, it’s going to be another good open source software.