Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for October, 2007

Help Test

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

The release candidate builds for are now posted on the testing builds page. You can help by downloading the builds for windows, mac or linux source.

We have also updated our test procedures. We are now using litmus, a Mozilla tool to present and manage our test cases.

To help run a few test cases, please do the following:

  • Go to litmus.pculture.org and sign in.
  • Select the miro quicktest from the list of active test runs.
  • Enter your configuration information, using 20071020 as the build id.
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  • Click submit configuration.
  • On the next screen the testgroup and subgroup are selected by default, so just click submit.
  • Follow through the screens to run the tests and submit your results.
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    I, and some of our great volunteers will be available in the chatroom (irc.freenode.net@#miro), if you have any questions or need help.

  • Thanks!

Please rate more channels!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Paul, our Miro Guide developer, is about to get started on a system for making personalized channel recommendations.

This morning Paul wrote a blog post asking for more ratings. When he has a significant sample of data, he will begin programing the algorithm that will help you find more personally relevant channels to watch!

So if you’ve got a few minutes, browse the guide and rate some stuff.

PS. Eventually you will be able to rate channels straight from Miro.

Video: The Mission Behind Miro

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Last week I recorded Nicholas Reville, our executive director, giving his presentation on Miro and the importance of open video.

If you’re wondering how a piece of software could possibly pave the way to a more independent and democratic media space, definitely watch this video.

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Announcing the Miro Store

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

I’m psyched today for the grand opening of the Miro Store.

We have some beautiful t-shirts for sale. These aren’t your average, crappy-shirt-that-I-got-because-I-like-the-thing shirts. You’ll actually want to wear your Miro shirts just because they look good. And everything you buy helps support the project. Check back often, we’re getting a few different artists to create shirts and will be adding new stuff regularly.

There’s one shirt in particular I’d like to highlight, which has been a big hit when we’ve shown it to people before now. It was designed by Dan Funderburgh. Here it is:

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And my personal favorite is a shirt from graphic artist Jamie Buckmaster.

For the store itself, Andrew made us a great storefront, with nice simple functionality, I really like it. It’s based on OS Commerce and we’ll probably post the source code when we get a chance. I’m a big fan of the single page store with the shopping cart on the same page. It feels so nice and easy, especially when you only have a few items for sale, as we do.

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All our shirts are printed on American Apparel t-shirts, which are the best fitting and most comfortable around.

Anyway, enough talk, try out the Miro Store yourself.

One last nerd note: as we made the store, we decided that we aren’t going to support Internet Explorer version 6. Screw it! It’s been the bane of web developers for years and seemed like it would never disappear. But now it’s being used by only 13% of the visitors to getmiro.com and Microsoft has finally decided that they will be pushing it out to all Windows XP users over the next couple months, so I expect that number will drop dramatically by the end of the year. It feels great to say that we aren’t going to bother with a million hacks to get IE6 to display things correctly. If you are using IE6, the store is going to look kind of messed up. Get Firefox!

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