Hailin's Weblog

December 21, 2008

Open Source Video Solution

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 5:50 pm

One principle that everyone at Automattic cherishes is open sourcing.  WordPress is 100% open sourced product, and thanks to the tremendously supportive community, it has risen to become the leader in the blog software space.

Automattic just open sourced the video framework which is used to power wordpress.com.  The package contains video solutions framework, including transcoder and administration interface utilities,  written in PHP.  It supports multiple formats including standard, DVD and HD.

If you are looking to build your own video solution for your WordPress MU installation, or even start a video company to compete with Youtube (eg, in a niche market), you should definitely check this out.

December 6, 2008

Blog Research

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 12:11 pm

Read a few papers presented at last International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.

Some interesting findings:

“web-based knowledge market” – monetary award is not a significant incentive for people to participate in a task on a knowledge sharing market.

Competing to Share Expertise: the Taskcn Knowledge Sharing Community – In general, forums in Yahoo answers tend to have broad
out-degree distributions. In the Programming category this represents a few highly active individuals who consistently help others with their tasks and problems, but do not necessarily ask for help themselves. In the Marriage category, these could be users who regularly offer advice, or are there for the fun of discussion, as is the case in the Wrestling category.  Note that this separation of roles is evident even when one considers whether a user posted a single question or answer.  For instance, in Programming, about 57% of the users who asked questions did not answer any during this time period, and similarly 51% who answered questions did not ask.  Overall, YA is very broad but not very deep.

And you can decide whether you can befriend with one or not by  looking at his or her Facebook profile in 6 seconds.

December 1, 2008

Change

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 2:54 pm

Change has been a hot topic in the past presidential election.  Americans are tired of the failed policies and perennial inertia. Obama saw this and seized the moment to win a historic election.

Companies win or lose according to their ability to adapt to changes.  Those who survive are not necessarily the fittest, but are the quickest to adapt to changes. In the early eighties, Intel saw a losing battle with the Japanese companies in the memory chips business. It exited its familiar turf completely and refocused on microprocessors – opportunity brought forth by the PC revolution, and has reined in the new arena ever since.  On the contrary, Yahoo failed to react quickly and decisively to the enormous changes in Web search field, and resulted in losing the race to Google.

Entrepreneurs and even ordinary engineers need to adapt to changes as well.  It was a big change when I came to U.S. for a graduate education, leaving behind familiar culture, language, and connections.  Before moving to the Web field, I was one of a few experts in the silicon valley who know how to design SSL in the kernel.  Change is hard as it can make all your previously possessed knowledge irrelevant, and force you to start from zero.  Change is good because it is when you pack your old stuff, move forward, and enter a new promising land.

Keep your mind open, maintain high level of curiosity, and happy sailing.

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