Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for March, 2006

Any experts on web stats out there?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

We’re seeing something odd in our webstats for downloads of Democracy Player: we get almost as many ’206 Partial Content’ status codes as we do hits to the installer files. This seems like a very, very high ratio. It would seem to suggest that a lot of downloads are being interrupted or cancelled part way through, but we haven’t heard that complaint from anyone. Anyone know why this might be happening?

Here’s one theory: when you try to get the installer in IE, the default SP2 settings will say ‘IE blocked this page from downloading a file’ since we use javascript to start the download. Does that blocking count as a ‘partial download’?

Volunteer Needed

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

We’re looking for a quick, reliable volunteer to help us notify software sites when there’s a new version of Democracy Player. It’s not a big job and you’ll only need to do it every couple of weeks, but it would be a big help to us.

If you’re interested, and if you’re sure that you’ll able to do this quickly when a release comes out, drop me a line: nicholas(at)pculture.org.

Update: we have some volunteers now, thanks!

Command-Line Version of Democracy Wanted

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Our development team has been focused on trying to make sure new versions of Democracy Player work exactly as they are supposed to, no more, no less. A big part of doing this is making sure the testing process is thorough and expansive, which is to say that a command-line based front end for Democracy Player is much needed.

A command-line front end is less complicated than the graphical front ends for Windows and Mac. You might be interested in helping us make a command-line front end if you want to see Democracy Player for other OS platforms that don’t take to embedded web browsers, create a more flexible Democracy Player or want to be able to use Democracy Player in the background of your MythTV box.

If you’re interested in making a simple but really important contribution by taking this task on, please email me directly at tyc at pculture dot org. Our development team and I would love to talk more about this.

New Channel Guide Features

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Aross, our man from way back in the day, has been fixing up and improving the Democracy Channel Guide. Just moments ago, he made 2 new features live.

The first is channel reviews. You can now submit a review for a channel and you can rate reviews that other people submit. This should make it easier to get a sense of what a channel is really all about. Try it– you can be the first review of the channel of your choice.

Second, we’ve been seeing a growing influx of channels in non-english languages. So we added a new link in the nav on the side called ‘More Languages’, which will let you see what’s out there. Someday, when we have even more non-english channels listed, we’ll probably have full front-pages for each language.

Also, and this is more of a usability tweak, when you load the front page we will randomly select which of the category tabs are selected on those 2 rows of channels in the center of the page. That way, you’re more likely to run across something interesting that you didn’t expect, instead of just seeing ‘animation’ and ‘movies’ everytime you go to the Guide.

In addition to the new features, aross has been fixing a ton of bugs in the Guide. If you still run across any problems, let us know and we’ll get them fixed.

As always, you can view the Guide in a browser, Democracy Channel Guide, but it’s mostly built for you to use inside Democracy Player.

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