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Digg adds Screencast for user-education

Digg.com, the hugely popular social news site, has just released a screencast which demonstrates Digg’s latest features (original blog link).

Strangely they have chosen to use Flash version 8 which isn’t available on many Linux machines (losing them a portion of their audience) though the screencast works fine on Windows and Mac machines.

In 3 minutes they [...]

New ShowMeDos – Resources for the Python Community (Jeff Rush)

Jeff’s second new series is Keeping in Touch.

“The Python community is a busy community, with people activities and coding developments everywhere. This series surveys techniques and resources to help you stay current and find what you need to make the best use of Python.”

View Watching the RSS Feeds to learn about RSS resources:

“Come along [...]

New ShowMeDos – Learn Python with Code Walk-Throughs (Jeff Rush)

Jeff Rush has started work on an excellent new ShowMeDo series – in Python Source Walkthroughs Jeff talks you through existing Python code to show you how and why the code has been written this way.

This is a great way to learn Python from an experienced coder (Jeff is also a member of [...]

New ShowMeDo – Djange ReST Wiki for PyCon

Doug Napoleone adds a 5th video to his PyCon-Tech: The Python behind PyCon series and this time talks about the switch to a 100% Django wiki for PyCon 2008:

“As organization for the next PyCon2008 US ramps up, we decided to move off of PMWiki (a PHP based system) and go 100% Django, or 100% [...]

80% of UK users stream video

This comScore study (June 2007) discusses the rise in use of streaming video in the UK:

“The report shows that 80% of Internet users in the UK stream video, and that the average Briton initiated 80 streams in the month of April”

This study also stated that 76% of US users watched video online. This statement [...]

eXpansys using streaming video to show products ‘in action’

[Update - Amazon adds video of products]

eXpansys sells mobile phone and wireless devices in the UK, I’ve been using them for years and can’t recommend them enough. I noticed last week that they link to YouTube videos which show their products in-use by a ‘normal person’.

You can see it here for this Dell Stowaway [...]

IBM uses video to help you install a memory upgrade (Thinkpad X40 and X41)

IBM are now using streaming video to show you how to install a memory upgrade inside your laptop. The video is for the Thinkpad X40 or X41.

Memory installation on a laptop is often a difficult job – it is nice to see IBM take the time to show a video (along with a text [...]

GoToMeeting – easy remote desktops

Under our new ShowMeDo Services arm I’m working with Cliff of eAdvantage to help him build and host videos which demonstrate their software.  Today Cliff made and published his first video (it’ll go live next week).

Cliff suggested I use GoToMeeting to remotely configure his PC – it took 5 minutes from accepting his invite (on [...]

New ShowMeDo – 2nd Django Tutorial ‘Adding Search to the Wiki’

Siddhi continues his Django tutorial series and adds another 30 minute tutorial, this time he adds wikiwords and search to his Django wiki:

“We are going to add support for a menu and auto linking of wikiwords. In the process we will look at template inheritance, filters and custom filter libraries.
Finally, we’ll see how to [...]

Google rank improvements continue – SEO keeps paying dividends

Our search-engine-optimisation efforts continue to pay dividends.  In my last post on SEO we had climbed Google’s ranks quickly.

This week we continue to climb and several of our terms are now on the first page of google’s results.  We still have more work to do and the results so far are very encouraging.

Below I list [...]