(InfoWorld) - Blinkx has enhanced its Blinkx.tv multimedia search engine by creating an online library where amateurs and professionals can upload, for free, videos they have created to make them available for viewing to Web searchers, the company announced Monday.
Videos submitted to the library, called My Blinkx.tv, get transformed into Flash format, and whatever is said in them is transcribed and indexed. The videos are also tagged with metadata, such as their creation date, length, title, owner's name and any other relevant information about them.
Once that process is done, videos can be retrieved and viewed by visitors to My Blinkx.tv via keyword searches through the My Blinkx.tv service. At press time, the service wasn't yet operational.
My Blinkx.tv visitors will also be able to create "channels" based on a specific search term. For example, a user might create a channel for all videos that My Blinkx.tv finds for the search term "Hurricane Katrina," said Blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake.
Users who clear their browser cookies, lose their My Blinkx.tv channels, he said. If there is demand for it, Blinkx may add a log-in system to let users register and keep their channels without the need for cookies to retain them. But for the moment "we don't want to be intrusive," Chandratillake said.SEE ALSO:
By Juan_Carlos_Perez@idg.com (Juan Carlos Perez). [InfoWorld: Top News]
Primavera Launches Public Sector Group And New Project Management Software Solution For Government
Type: Press Release
Central Park: Virtual to real. A reporter spends a day in New York's gem of a park, following a virtual tour designed for him by the creator of CentralPark.com.
Photos: Finding nirvana in Central Park [CNET News.com]
Well the time has come to get this pet project off the ground and out to the public for use, may I introduce to you a new community resource: Triple D Design Wiki.
The first question you may be asking is what is a wiki? In short this is a website that allows users to add content. What makes this different and unique is that anyone can also edit the content when a change needs to occur (new release, features set changes/additions, better explanation, etc...).
The second question you may be asking is if anyone can edit this what about malicous users? The wiki is based on a SQL database and gives us the ability to track who made what changes and should an incident occur we can "rollback" the malicous changes in a matter of seconds.
The software we have chosen to run our wiki platform is MediaWiki which is the same platform as the popular wikipedia. We have instituted a phased implementation to cover muliple software platforms. Phase I includes Architectural Desktop while Phase II includes plans for Revit Building. Phase I currently has a rough shell of topics and some areas are filled in as a starting point while a few others a more finished out. If you see an area that interests you or notice an item that has not been added yet, take a moment to edit/add this section.
We are looking forward to the growth of this wiki, one edit at the time. If you are interested in getting started please see the User's Guide for usage and configuration help. I will be posting a video showing how to use this later in the week for anyone having trouble.
All the Triple D Design Wiki content will be distributed under the Creative Commons License.
Autodesk Maya???. The rumors are true, Autodesk to aquire Alias for $182 million in cash.
Press Release: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/Autodesk_Alias_Press_Release.pdf
Fact Sheet: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/Autodesk_Alias_Fact_Sheet.pdf
General FAQ: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/Autodesk_Alias_External_FAQ.pdf
Courtesy of Shaan
happy rendering... [Will render for food...]
ISP spat blacks out Net connections. A financial dispute between major Internet backbones Cogent Communications and Level 3 Communications has led to dropped traffic between their networks and annoyed customers. [Computerworld News]
DARPA Grand Challenge Finalists Announced. Xerotope writes "DARPA announced today the 23 finalists[pdf warning] of the DARPA Grand Challenge at the closing ceremonies of the National Qualifying Event. Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team will start on Saturday with the first and third positions, with 'H1ghlander' taking the pole position and 'Sandstorm' following 10 minutes later. Stanford's 'Stanley' will start second. Of the 43 semi-finalists, 23 robots managed to finish the 2.2 mile course at least once. 5 robots (Stanford, Red Team, Red Team Too, Axion Racing, and Team Teramax) completed all of their runs. CMU's 'H1ghlander' and 'Sandstorm' finished the four runs with an average time of 10 minutes, 20 seconds each. Stanford's Stanley average time was 10:43." [Slashdot]
Clustering vs. Fault-Tolerant Servers. mstansberry writes "According to SearchDataCenter.com fault-tolerant server vendors say the majority of hardware and software makers have pushed clustering as a high-availability option because it sells more hardware and software licenses. Fault-tolerant servers pack redundant components such as power supply and storage into a single box, while clustering involves the networking of multiple, standard servers used as failover machines." Perhaps some readers on the front lines can shed a bit more light on the debate based on both proprietary and Linux-based approaches. [Slashdot]