Monday, July 23, 2007

webFed: Mac Mini newspaper vending machine

This is a pretty unique use for a Mac Mini!

Scott Walker has taken an old newspaper vending machine, slapped in a 17" LCD display on the front, and then hooked up a Mac Mini to stream newspaper front pages and more. Cool!
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7/23/2007 09:52:00 a.m.  


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July 31, 2007 6:47 p.m.  
Anonymous RichC said...

You are my guru when it comes to improving the video I'm using at work, non-profit site and for personal use; I respect your insight and thoughts.

My question: What's the best way to handle video content to ease management of content, improve scaling for higher traffic needs and keep costs down as well as possibly profit from clips getting heavy use? I'm familiar with some of the ones I've see you use as well as the google/youtube stuff, have distributed using unprotected H.264 embeds and have been looking at companies like Brightcove and

This might make a great segment for your CommandN? (or have you already covered that ... I do miss a few episodes)

August 16, 2007 2:21 p.m.  
Anonymous John said...

Completely unrelated, my wife, daughter and I are traveling out with my parents to Lunenburg for a week at the end of September. We're doing Halifax for one, if not two days. And Cape Breton, for the last three. Aside from Keiths, the Citadel and the Mariner's museum is there anything else must see in the area for a first timer?

We also have the Glenora Distillery on our to-do and Fort Louisburg…

I am pretty excited about this trip!

August 23, 2007 7:31 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

JOHN: You should definitely give Halifax two days - lots to see here (just walking along the boardwalk, checking out the battlement ruins at the city park, beautiful Victorian Public Gardens open to the public, Pier 21 - Canada's Ellis Island, etc.). If you give me some notice, I might be able to give you a little driving tour around after you arrive!

RICH: A couple of tips I'd suggest is keeping a hi-res copy of anything final so that you can distill that down to lower qualities/other formats without having the video needlessly compressed twice. I'd also get a Flash version of anything up online for easy viewing/distribution ( is great for this - better Flash encoding than YouTube in my opinion AND it will host your original video files too). I'll write this down on the "future segments" list.



September 07, 2007 1:33 p.m.  

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