Skip to main content

Using other media forms in blogs

I've recently discovered the next blog button (top right) and I have to say there are tons of interesting blogs out there. I've found more mac users and other forms of media. Theses are the interesting ones I've found which use video and audio on their blog.

vidsofwati - video on blogger
AuralFixation - audio on blogger

The amazing thing is you dont need to be a genius to do this, but there is a catch. you need web space somewhere else. Webspace in a uni or a .Mac account. I've not tried using the picture attach button to attach an mov file, which I might try in a while. Not hopeful.

Upload, link and "tada" a more intersting blog experience.


Oh yeah, check out the a free mp3 from boards of canada! I didn't realise that download.com did audio downloads as well.

--- Date: 25th Dec 2005

Looks like there's this website that does videos as well and its like full lenght music videos that you can link to your blog.

check out http://www.youtube.com

Comments

NabeelC said…
If viewing other media format blog facinates you so much, it means you haven't seen PodCasting in action yet. Thats what I am hooked into now.

Here's how PodCast works:
1. You subscribe to blog through RSS in iTunes
2. Someone record an audio/video (termed podcast) and upload to their blog.
3. iTunes download the audio/video from blog and automatically attach it to the "Unplayed PodCast" playlist
4. You wake up each morning and attach your iPod to your PC/Mac
5. iTunes upload the new PodCast to your iPod while you get ready for work
6. iTunes deletes the PodCast you listened on your iPod (iPod has the ability to count the number of times a file is played. Unplayed file count is zero and played count is more than zero. So iTunes delete all files with genre "PodCast" and played count more than zero - you can also disable this function so it doesn't delete)
7. You pick the iPod before heading out the door.
8. Listen to the latest podCast on your commute to/from work.

There are many podcast out there with topics ranging from latest technology release, comedy, life muse etc etc. I am totally addicted.
Melven said…
I hate radio. How do I start my own podcast channel so I can stuff my own music down other people's ears?
NabeelC said…
For making your own PodCast and stuff vile down people's ears, look at the following links:

http://www.vsbrown.com/blog/news_item.asp?NewsID=37
http://www.vsbrown.com/blog/news_item.asp?NewsID=36

Make sure you advertise (for free) on iTunes since most people go there to search for PodCast
Wati said…
Hi,

Saw your comments on VidsofWati. My other blog, which is a uni blog that I use mainly for academic purposes uses ExpressionEngine, a commercial version of content management system by pMachine.com. It's pretty powerful and expensive but the functions EE has are numerous. It seems that EE is geared more for industry and professional users who want more than just a basic CMS.

Popular posts from this blog

Multiple Broadlink RM mini 3 integration using MQTT

Broadlink now has quite a lot of integration options almost out of the box. If you enable Broadlink IHC, you can directly link it to Alexa by giving the device a unique name.

There is a homebridge plug in for homekit integration but I haven't tried or tested this. https://lprhodes.github.io/slate/

I wanted to put the device in domoticz so I can have more control over what can trigger my broadlink. I decided to use broadlink-mqtt for this, which is a fairly easy method to trigger from any source.

Setup Instructions for broadlink-mqtt

1. git clone https://github.com/eschava/broadlink-mqtt

2. vi /home/pi/broadlink-mqtt/mqtt.conf

3. Update the mqtt.conf file with the device type set as multiple_lookup

device_type = 'multiple_lookup'
mqtt_multiple_subprefix_format = '{type}_{mac_nic}/'
4. Start the python script and check that it started and detected all the RM devices.
Check the log file to see what the IP / MAC addresses are. DEBUG Connected to RM2 Broadlink device at …

Fibaro HCL Virtual Device Slider

How to setup Fibaro home center lite (HCL) slider for virtual devices.

As the Fibaro HCL does not support LUA. The question was how to update the number value of the slider to send to the HTTP string. Thanks to this site which is a really good reference https://www.vesternet.com/resources/application-notes/apnt-88/

The 2 use cases here are;

Sonos HTTP API Volume

To allow for volume control for all Sonos devices, add a virtual device with the IP address for SONOS HTTP API and specify the default port to 5005. Create Slider and put the following text into the string.

GET /volume/_sliderValue_ HTTP/1.10x0D0x0A0x0D0x0A


Domotiz Virtual Devices

GET /json.htm?type=command&param=switchlight&idx=XX&switchcmd=Set%20Level&level=_sliderValue_ HTTP/1.10x0D0x0A0x0D0x0A

Replace XX with the device ID.

Restart Fibaro HCL when it stops working automatically

It seems that the Fibaro HCL seems to hang every now and then. Instead of trying to restart it regularly, which doesn't really work, as it's almost impossible to predict when this will happen.

This method checks that the HCL is actually running and in the event it stops working, trigger a script that will restart it.


1. Get a non Fibaro controlled power plug and scripts to control it.

I used a wifi smart plug, TP-link HS100 and downloaded the scripts from

https://blog.georgovassilis.com/2016/05/07/controlling-the-tp-link-hs100-wi-fi-smart-plug/

2. Create a bash script to restart the Fibaro, e.g. restart_fibaro.sh

#!/bin/bash

ip_addr=
scripts=

$scripts/tplink-smartplug.py -t $ip_addr -c off
sleep 10
$scripts/tplink-smartplug.py -t $ip_addr -c on


3. Create a test global variable in the Fibaro HCL

Go to the variables panel and create a test variable, e.g. Test


4. Add a cron entry to test that the Fibaro API is still working and restart if it's not.

The cron script is scheduled ev…