Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A little bit of internet history being made... twicket!

http://twicket.info/ Coverage of the first village cricket matched to be streamed live on the internet was broadcast on Easter Monday 2011 - Wray versus the rest of the world!

This is a proof of concept. If they can do a cricket match, think what else can be done... live streams from events which wouldn't necessarily attract mainstream media coverage but which have supporters around the world. Communities can promote all sorts of events and activities - from the quirky to the bizarre to the deadly serious.

The point is that we need stronger broadband infrastructure to handle this sort of live event - and currently there are probably only three villages in the UK which could do this... just three! out of all the online communities in the UK, and Wray came up with the idea to showcase what can be done.

Over 2700 people tuned in during the match to watch it - none of those could get to watch it in person, but with a live stream could still be a part of them as they happen. It means we don't have to wait for kind people to take pics and upload them, we don't have to wait for someone to process their video footage and upload a film some days later. As wonderful as having those things are, we can aspire to something even better and that is live coverage such as was seen from Wray today.

It's the first step in the journey to next generation broadband - a campaign which is actually being lead by folks from Wray village itself and it will benefit rural communities especially, as those are often at the back of the queue when it comes to technological progress.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

World Backup Day

31st March has been designated World Backup Day, which is a useful reminder that if you store data on your computer, you really should safeguard against its loss by backing up to another location.

The big danger is that people might think they should only do a backup once per year! The truth of the matter is that if you have data you do not want to lose, you should back it up every time you make a change!

Simple, sensible backup routines are available to everyone, regardless of ability or equipment. Depending on quantity and frequency, you can back up to an external disk drive, a network drive, a thumb drive, a writeable CD or DVD, or an online backup repository or cloud backup.

Easy to use software can automate the process for you too, so you can set it and forget it. One we like especially is Karen's Replicator from Karen Kenworthy http://www.karenware.com - it's freeware and so easy to set up a child can manage it.

With such easy ways to do it, there's no reason why you should not be backing up daily or weekly. Go try it out and save yourself a lot of hassle if your hard drive fails.

To interact or not to interact, that is the question...?

The ability to interconnect different bits of social networking with a website is quite exciting. By integrating Facebook or Twitter buttons into your webpages you can enable easy sharing of your content by your visitors.

The huge growth in popularity of social media sites means that any site can benefit from linking to them: not only in terms of spreading the word, but also as a means of raising the bar with search engines, as all the social media sites seem to score highly in results terms.

The code to add links or widgets into a webpage code is usually fairly simple to incorporate, especially in plain HTML pages. Many php scripts can include them too, but a good number of those such as Wordpress, PHP-Fusion, Joomla, etc. have mods (add-ons) that do this to save you having to hack (and possibly break in the process!) the code.

Go on, give it a try, you might be surprised as to who drops by!