Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for April, 2006

May 1st and immigrants’ rights events on internet TV

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The social-issue media group MediaRights is using Democracy for a very cool project — it’s a perfect example of how open internet TV works as local, community media. MediaRights created an open-submissions channel for anyone to submit video of the recent actions around immigrants’ rights — such as the gigantic March 25th event in Los Angeles, where upwards of half a million people gathered to peacefully protest Congressional bill HR 4437.

May 1st will see more actions around the country supporting immigrants’ rights — if you’re planning on attending an event, and if you document some of the rallies on video, head on over to www.mediarights.org/may1 and include a link to your video in the channel. And if you have any video footage of previous rallies from March 25 or April 10th, or other relevant videos, you’re encouraged to post a link to that as well. Spread the word to anyone who’s taking part in immigrants’ rights actions, the channel is open to everyone.

Of course the best way to watch these actions from around the country is to subscribe to MediaRights’ open channel in Democracy player — here’s the feed — and you’ll see the latest videos as they’re added. You can also keep your eye on the web gallery of videos over at the MediaRights’ Broadcast Machine page as people submit videos over the coming week. Another place to find videos about immigration issues is the Videobomb page of “noborders”. This is an exciting use of Democracy internet TV: creating a national overview of local May 1st actions, the way that only decentralized, independent community media can capture it.

Asking for your help

Friday, April 28th, 2006

As development moves along towards Democracy Player 1.0, we need to raise money to be able to continue our work. Participatory Culture Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which we think is absolutely crucial to our mission. However, this means that we depend on donations– we are not looking to venture capital to fund our development which lets us focus on users, not profits.

We want to ask those of you that support our mission and believe in our products to make a donation. Your support will go directly towards our efforts to improve the software, things like speed and stability, one-click subscription, integrated publishing, and lots of little touches that we hope will put Democracy Player at the center of your internet video experience.

If you can make a donation of any amount, now is an extremely important time to do it, and thanks. Make a Donation >>

Linux Versions Are Out

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

We are officially cross-platform now! We have just released the Linux version of Democracy Player for all you serious and caring open source people who fight the fight and keep it strong. Get it at GetDemocracy.com. I’ve really liked using this version because it is very fast and because we have been looking forward to really going cross-platform.

Congratulations to Chris Lahey for jumping on PCF staff and making the Fedora Core 4 and 5 packages so quickly. And congratulations to Uwe Hermann for making the Debian and Ubuntu packages. Thanks Ben and Nick for the small things on this release.

Congratulations to everyone who helped us get this far, it’s great to see it finally out there. Please pass this message along to your Linux friends– we’d love to get more people using and testing and coding.

If you have a digg.com account, you can help spread the word by digging this story.

For those of you interested in filing bug reports, please go to the developer center.

Translations in EFX

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Our new programmer, Chris Lahey, jumped on board a few weeks ago (pictures coming soon). While he has been getting his feet wet, he swiftly set the Democracy Player up for translations. So far, he has localized most of the app on the Linux side. But. we’re still 1 and half steps away. And we’re 2 steps away from translating our website, www.getmiro.com.

We have lots of volunteers on our translation list and they have been patiently waiting for our translation project. Thanks to them for catalyzing this effort. Maybe you’re one of them — thank you for volunteering.

As much as this is great news, we’ve run into a blackhole, I think. I haven’t seen a simple user interface for translations of applications like Democracy Player, or for websites for that matter and am not sure if there are projects like this out there. Most translation systems involve using command lines or sending files back and forth. We’re very keen to translate our website and Democracy Player so that everyone in the world can read it, but we’re worried about how the translation system will work.

I have been unable to find the perfect solution for translations — a translation system that posts the text that needs to be changed onto a webpage, accepts translation candidates, verifies, chooses and displays translations on a webpage, and presents changes of text to previous translators and automatically updates the site or application.

Late edited addition: Do you know of any websites that are voluntarily-translated in bulk? Do you know of any website or application project with a system for getting translations from people to put on their site that is the most automated and able to keep up to date? Do you have any information on previous systems that have been worked out for translating websites and applications? Do they work well? How do they deal with changes or “fuzzy” translations? If you can point me to a webpage, that would be great. Please email me directly at tiffiniy at pculture dot org. Thanks a lot, everyone.

Translations of our website seem really important for everyone, is this not the general thinking on translations — most international non-corporate sites don’t do it from what I can tell, though it seems like this is due to difficulty rather than importance. Like I said, translations are almost ready to go, I just wanted to double-check on the general wisdom out there.

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