Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for June, 2008

New flash drive version of Miro

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

u3 logoWe’ve recently created a version of Miro that can run directly from a U3 USB drive. Get it here:

Miro U3 Download Page

This version is very handy for folks who keep everything on a USB drive and move from computer to computer. Miro will store all the video you download, your channel subscriptions, and your settings on the drive; just pop it in and run the app. It’s also a good way to get your videos from a desktop computer to a tv-connected computer, without copying files over.

Best Browser Alive

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Tha Firefox III

Firefox 3 has launched! In addition to being the fastest browser on the planet, it’s simply a joy to use. For example, the new auto-complete system for URLs, aka ‘the awesome bar’, is almost as revolutionary as tabbed browsing. It already drives me crazy to use other browsers that don’t have it.

Today is also Download Day: Firefox will set a world record for the most downloads of software in a 24 hour period. You’d be crazy not to download Firefox now.

And does anyone honestly believe it’s a coincidence that Firefox 3 is launching exactly one week after release of Tha Carter III?

The best rapper alive and the best browser alive both use incredible skill and intelligence, but what truly carries them to greatness is passion that comes from putting their heart at the center of everything they do. It’s absolutely true.

Here’s the Microsoft dis track from Carter III: Lil’ Wayne – Playin’ With Fire.

“So you got so many diamonds,
you wear all the finest clothes,
and your grill is shining,
as you’re driving down the street of gold,
but you can’t blame me if I set this stage on fire.”

Spotlight on Video Creators: Ryan Is Hungry

Monday, June 16th, 2008

This is the first in a new series of blog posts featuring interesting and independent creators making an impact with online video. Accompanying each posts will be a live chat interview, the first of which will be held tomorrow at 4:30pm EST (20:30 UTC — see below for more details). I’d also like to take this time to introduce myself: my name is Chris Markman, one of the Miro Summer Interns. I’ll be one of the folks regularly coordinating these events.

Ryan Is Hungry

Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson of Ryan is Hungry are a couple of “green geeks” eager to inspire. Both creators are ex-tv producers/editors and co-founders of NODE101 – making for a transitional story strikingly similar to that of Miro, the free and open-source internet tv and video player. Featuring these two in this first installment seemed like a no-brainer, and I’d channel anyone to view their Miro Channel and tell me otherwise!

The basic premise behind the show may be familiar, but if you’re like me you can’t get enough of the great online info about sustainability. More importantly, this one is different. It lives in a space where Cinéma Vérité meets Documentary and the two collide into an amazing, thought provoking self-produced program that stays true to its claim; they say do-it-yourself and follow through. Episodes include a wide range of topics and pace, from Urban Farming to Solar Decathlons, and are packed with useful information, practical tips and world changing ideas.

Similarly, their website itself points toward this same ethic. Both in their utilization of the Show in a Box WordPress Plugins developed by the community they also co-founded and in the inclusion the media using the open source video codec Ogg Theora. These leafy greens are ready for harvest, so dig in!

Meet Jay and Ryanne tomorrow!

This Tuesday, June 17th Team Miro will be hosting a live IRC chat with Jay and Ryanne @ 4:30PM EDT / 20:30 UCT. Field and vote for your favorite questions before event with the Live Question Tool and grab a transcript after the event on our Wiki. Watch and participate from our website or navigate your IRC client to #miro on irc.freenode.org.

Update: A transcript of this event is now available via the Team Miro Wiki. I also wrote a brief summary in my most recent blog post here.

Chat with Miro Developer – Today 4:30 EDT (20:30 UTC)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

In less than an hour (4:30 EDT), we have a live Q&A session with Will Guaraldi, who is a full time Miro developer.

You can post and vote on questions here, starting any time.

Join the chat room or go to #miro on irc.freenode.net

Details and transcripts will be on the wiki.

Kyle Hunt, a PCF summer intern, has organized today’s chat session.

We’ll be doing this sort of thing more often (with all sorts of people and topics), so keep your eyes peeled.

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