XBMC 11 Beta Released

I’ve been jailbreaking my Apple TV2 essentially from the day I got it. My family and I use two main features on it:

Netflix streaming and XBMC.

If you are not familiar with it, this add-on available either as an install via zip or using the ATV Flash (Black) makes your Apple TV into a streaming powerhouse that allows you to access nearly all television content like a DVR. XBMC works on nearly any OS and has been in development for years.

The beta version of XBMC 11 has now been released. Version 11 “Eden” adds lots of new features and improvements to the open source home theater software for both Mac and Windows. See more after the break Continue reading

Google Plus Adds Games

A bit less intrusive than the Facebook gaming as I hope not to get constant Farmville updates in my stream. Google+ Games

These will be available above your stream and you can choose to share scores and only see news when you choose to, vs having to view what others are playing every time you log in.

Integrate Facebook & Twitter with Google Plus

I have been trying to leave Facebook for a while now and may have a real alternative with Google +.

There has always been something that keeps me checking Facebook, though; all my friends and family who are posting there.  Now there is a Chrome plugin that will allow people to link their Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as let them post directly to those sites via the Google + page.

This was created by computer programmer Zane Claes. It’s called Start G+,

In addition, there is a nifty little program to import all your Facebook albums and photos into G+. If you visit startgoogleplus.com after installing the extension, you can choose to import your photos from Facebook. The photo importer syncs photos from Facebook and displays the photos in a slideshow format as they are imported to allow you to monitor the progress. Continue reading

Streaming Reality

The site I’ve been working on went live today at BlairCollinsAudio.com. I worked in conjunction with Cornerstone Designs to put it all together. I was focused on the design; creating the icons, graphics and layouts. Michael coded the database and the structure of the PHP.

It was a great relationship and I hope to work with him again soon. I was reminded of when we worked together back in the 90s starting Brawley Web Designs. A few differences back then; we created static pages with tables and HTML. We were pretty proud of those rollover buttons. Now we started and ended the job without ever seeing each other, wrote the code in PHP and scripting, its cross browser compatible, 508 compliant, and dynamic.

It is not just that the world is changing around us and that there is new technology, innovation, communication and sophistication around and available TO us. It has to do with how we grow and change in response to those forces. I myself, feel differently about my environment because of the things I learn and, therefore, act differently towards my environment. The circular feedback loop causes me to develop with my community and environment. On that note;

This week I had the first meeting regarding a new consulting project. I will be heading up the user experience research and design for an exciting new multi sensory haptic interface. Like the touch tables, iPhones, and shaking game controllers.

I am just wrapping my brain around what they are doing and it is really cutting edge and will be a part of the way we interface with, affect change to and learn from our newest toy; Web 3.0- Symantic, Social and becoming the REALity.

Second Life was only the first step. SEGUE: There is a film premiering at SXSW about reality and its permutations in the gaming world called Second Skin.

We leave for Austin tomorrow and I am excited to hear music, learn about interactivity and see films. As well as partying all week because Audrey passed a licensing exam. We have had a stressful winter with many changes , good and bad. I think the spring is here and we are about to experience the new growth that always happens so naturally on our world.

I wish you all the best.