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Web-video codec war over?
May 15, 2012 – 4:24pm

2 Years ago (May 2010)  an open source, royalty-free video codec container was released to the public by Google Inc. (1) – WebM (2).

This has led to some multimedia player programmers to focus on WebM in an attempt to discourage using H.264 (royalty) (3).

Dejavu MP3 (royalty) vs OGG.

So where do we go from here?

Video CODECS(4)

Given that H.264 is built into many digital camcorders (i.e., Sanyo HD2000 (5)), will there every be enough interest to sway the net toward Web…whatever?

Will WebM be relegated to the OGG, Theora interest group?








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Open Source Illustration
December 14, 2011 – 2:22pm

Why not use open source illustrations to include with your open source LibreOffice software?

Just download an Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) or PNG file.  SVG can be used in LibreOffice or imported into an SVG compatible illustration software.

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Digital Archive or Self-Delete

Originally published on Athabasca Landing site:
August 29, 2011 – 4:50pm

A definition of the word ‘archive’ does not include the element of time.  Yet time is critical to human communication and the digital environment.

I submit that as communication becomes more digital,  the digital data will become more volatile, fragile, and inherently weaker to future retrieval.

While continuous backup provide a temporary solution.  A digital archive solution that compares to the longevity of cave paintings in France has yet to materialize.

I would have thought this would give pause to those digital knowledge workers developing in closed and encrypted digital environments.  However, the digital flow through seems to follow a more consumer oriented model of ‘use and throw away’.  Hence DVD Regions codes, software keys and activations are a very short term commercial mindset, and horribly unfriendly archive solution.

Therefore, open-source and copyright free digital environments will have the greatest advantage in future retrieval and repurposing.

Think cave paintings – if they had been encrypted or copyrighted for destruction – would there be much of human history left?

Does anyone expect to pass on an office file 100 years from now?