Archive for February, 2009

Is television being redefined?

February 26, 2009

As the boundaries between the internet and other forms of media become increasingly blurred, what now defines television for us?
One website that has been drawing much public attension, particularly in the music and arts genre is Balcony TV which broadcasts from its own website and Youtube. This querky style of presenting live music sessions may seem home made, but it is gathering momentum and has already expanded to London and Berlin also.
So how does this compared to television content produced by RTÉ or other television stations. The style may be different, but the format has its own merrits and has proven popular so far.
Here you can see Irish band The Script performing on the Balcony.

Code verification to plague internet users even further

February 19, 2009

In the care free days of 1990s World Wide Web things could only get better. Each year saw new developments and inovations which enticed more and more internet users to spend more and more time browsing the web.
However, recently something called “Captcha image validation” has been severely inhibbiting some internet users and creates great annoyance amung the rest.

Captcha image validation will be a familiar concept to anyone who has used social networking sites such as Myspace,BeboorFacebook. These internet users will be familiar with the process of typing the letters and numbers they see in an image, aimed at preventing automated programmes for infiltrating the sites. However now it is not just users of Social Networking sites who will have to contend with these code verifications, many blogs now require code verification to add comments, and even Google has added code verification to randomly appear for those using its search engin. The developments are particularly worrying for anyone with a visual impairment, as many of these sites using Captcha image validation do not allow for an alternative method. Is this a sign of things to come on the great digital platform of the internet. If it comes to a stage where one has to fill in one of these verification codes for most pages on the internet, will they be pining, full of nostalgia for the days when our entertainment, information and education was all based around the virus free environs of the Newspaper, Television, Radio and Library.