November 2008 Blog Posts (52)

The best articulation of Twitter yet.

Tim O'Reilly knows a bit about the interwebs.

He's credited with coining the term Web 2.0.

He has a hugely success tech publishing empire.

And now he's gone… Continue

Added by Michael Coulter on November 30, 2008 at 11:30 — No Comments

Analogue Man in a Digital World

What do they say about food for the soul...

We are doing loads of work with our fab clients Qmorphic - and because they have a division that is a music video factory (Popmorphic) we get to hear some breaking bands.

The favourite at DF HQ is a wee band called… Continue

Added by Colin Gilchrist on November 29, 2008 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

An idea shared is an idea worth something

Part three of a series of posts on the elements that have made the best propositions to 4iP work well.

One the big questions about 4iP is what the 'iP' stands for. On a simple level, it's Innovation for the Public. On a metaphorical level it's Internet Protocol, the technology that we're interested in making things… Continue

Added by Ewan McIntosh on November 29, 2008 at 10:00 — 5 Comments

4iP pushing forward, the right way...

All too often I hear about ideas where the success of the project lies in having a large number of users – the usual “and then with all these users it works amazingly like this and that and opens up the potential for so and so”. This is the point where in mid-conversation I frown; I’m not listening to the potential, I’m listening to the mechanisms that get it to the point of providing this potential.

This is really a simple thing: a huge following of people can pretty… Continue

Added by Sam Collins on November 28, 2008 at 14:08 — 1 Comment

New media on the terraces

I had been talking to my friend Chris Willshaw after Ewans 4ip presentation at Edinburgh Uni business school last night and had mentioned how essentially a football crowd is a 'Flash Mob' in waiting. Lo and behold today I find that a group of researchers from the University of Glasgow are set to revolutionise football terraces with the help of mobile technology.

Added by David White on November 27, 2008 at 19:30 — 12 Comments

4mations offline

Channel 4's fledgling animation site has been offline since Tuesday while the broadcaster struggles with various "editorial and procedural issues" that have allowed controversial content onto the user-generated animation site.

Sensitive to post-"Sachsgate" criticism, the broadcaster is understood to have pulled the site to remove a handful of clips designed for adult viewers, including a shoot 'em up game called "Mr Mucky" set in a crack den that included S&M imagery… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on November 27, 2008 at 18:54 — No Comments

Get your Kvetch On

It's not about whether or not you like twitter, it's not about who you are, it's not about how many people know who you are. Get your kvetch on.

Kvetch is an anonymous oracle of complaint. Kvetches are displayed randomly and anonymously. There are no permalinks and no search mechanism. Just enjoy the moment.

What? A Kvetch is a funny complaint. This site randomly displays kvetches sent via Twitter.

Why?… Continue

Added by heidi proven on November 27, 2008 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Hubdub Nominated For Best Social News Site

It looks like Hubdub is proving to be quite a challenge to, last year’s winner of Mashable’s Open Web Awards for Best Social News site. According to Mashable’s blog post today:

In the week since kicking off the voting round of The Open Web Awards, there have been nearly 40,000 votes cast across our 26 different categories. In Social News, last year’s winner Digg is seeing strong competition from upstarts HubDub and HARO… Continue

Added by Nigel Eccles on November 27, 2008 at 10:18 — 2 Comments

A Social Network for Creative Pioneers...

Here's a lovely project from SUSO:

The SUSO Project aims to "...bring creative and determined people together to create something amazing. People with unlimited imaginations and skills who come from everywhere, making the project's collective thinking uniquely global. Basically, we want to create a social network for thinkers and doers. The dream is to grow The SUSO Project into a creative network where the user’s imagination, creativity and knowledge is… Continue

Added by Sarah Tierney on November 26, 2008 at 10:56 — 1 Comment

The Tech Meetup

Last summer, I spent a few months in London and once happened to go along to a small event for techies called the "Hacker Meetup". It was hosted by Ian Hogarth from Songkick (a London based startup) at their office. A bunch of tech startups and freelance developers came along and chatted, demo'd their projects and then we went for dinner. While this sounds very simple, I was amazed at how productive this time was – I made some really good connections and found everyone around me doing… Continue

Added by Sam Collins on November 24, 2008 at 20:18 — 11 Comments

Want to collaborate with other 38minuters?

Then you could do worse than joining the brand new ‘WANTED’ group. Although the group might be a little ahead of the curve at present, 4iP could be making their first commissions any day now. The WANTED group is intended to be a place where companies that need/want some additional resource and/or skills for their 4iP project can post their… Continue

Added by David Brown on November 24, 2008 at 16:25 — No Comments


Short of strapping a breathalyzer on to your keyboard, for anyone out there who has ever typed an e-mail while under the influence of alcohol there's always:

Might be worth developing a version for social networks to stop ...err ...dodgy blogging during the wee small hours.

Added by David Brown on November 23, 2008 at 5:00 — No Comments

The New York Times on the Teasmaid of Technology:

The New York Times has an intelligent and informed piece on the power, usefulness and importance of Twitter and other micro-messaging platforms.

HELLO: That's; "intelligent and informed", for the benefit of all those Twitter kickers, who, er, don't, um you know, have never, well now you come to mention it,… Continue

Added by Michael Coulter on November 22, 2008 at 20:30 — 4 Comments

Gulp - A trojan?

It can be very hard when you are in a team of one. Whatever problems come up there is nobody else to go to for help. You are it!

I've been coding this game on and off for nearly 4 years now. It started out in JBuilder 3.5 and Java 1.3 and has been designed in JDeveloper, Sun Studio, Eclipse and now finally Netbeans. It has had to be changed to work in each new Java versions. The worst part of Java is always the deployment step. Its ok making jars and exe s for small applications but when… Continue

Added by Rosie Wood on November 22, 2008 at 16:46 — 2 Comments

Say moNo!

So you're moving studio to a new bit of town and you want to raise your profile in the local neighbourhood so what do you do? Throw a welcoming party? Have a party in a local watering hole? Sell cookies door to door? How about campaign on the streets to raise 5000 names on a petition to get you ejected from the premises. This has to be one of the best ways I've seen creatives use to make an excuse to show off their portfolio of… Continue

Added by Richard Scott on November 22, 2008 at 9:48 — 2 Comments

Future Media Conference

C21's Future Media Conference.... anyone else going? Just trying to evaluted any drinking buddies there...

Added by Simon Meek on November 21, 2008 at 22:04 — No Comments

Kids and Computers apparently good for each other.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rather than wasting their time, children who gab on Facebook or play online games are gaining valuable social skills and learning some technology basics, according to a study to be released today.

The report, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, contradicts the idea held by many educators, parents and policymakers that children should be blocked from online social networks…

Added by Matt Johnston on November 21, 2008 at 15:50 — 2 Comments

4iP at the Glasshouse event

I went along to the Glasshouse event last night sponsored by 4iP at Channel 4 hq.

Panel was introduced by Jon Gisby (who I'd never heard of): Jon was appointed as Channel 4's Director of New Media and Technology in November 2007 and has the task of expanding Channel 4’s presence in online digital media. Jon is responsible for overseeing the 4iP fund while also sitting on the board of ‘Project Kangaroo’, the BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 video-on-demand joint venture. Prior to… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on November 21, 2008 at 9:41 — No Comments

19-year-old Commits Suicide on

[True or hoax?]

In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged on by commenters on and fellow forum users on Biggs overdosed on pills while on camera and appeared to be… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on November 21, 2008 at 9:13 — 16 Comments

Help Wanted

SQA are working towards the validation event of a new HND in Interactive Media if you are interested in being involved in validation of this award please contact

Added by Joe Wilson on November 20, 2008 at 17:08 — 5 Comments

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