Videocamp Vienna 2010 Pictures

Thanks and shout-outs to all sponsors, visitors, talkers and hosts at Videocamp Vienna 2010! Organizing the event together with Austrian television station ATV and Datenwerk was a great experience – and we’re all very satisfied with the premiere of Austria’s first online video barcamp. Knowledge was transferred, experiences were shared, a lot of visitors had to update their “met in real life” Twitter list – just the way we like it. I’m already looking forward to Videocamp Vienna 2010!


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No bright future for Google Wave?

When Google launched their latest gadget “Wave”, everybody was so keen on getting an invitation – I’ve sent out about 60 invites via my blogs, yet I haven’t been using Wave a lot. Neither in the beginning nor lately: it’s lame (even when used with Chrome, large multimedia Waves are basically unusable on netbooks), it lacks a lot of important features and – most important of all – it’s generally quite unsexy, According to Silicon Alley Insider, I’m not alone with this opinion.

Their Chart of the Day clearly shows a rapidly decreasing number of users, even geeks seem to have abandonned the ship for now. It won’t probably sink any time soon, but it definitely won’t replace e-mail (that’s on of Google’s idea behind the system) in the near future.

This kind of launch scenario is pretty unusual for the big G: usually, when a new service gets launched, an immediate success story follows. Just remember Gmail or Analytics – those products basically took existing services like web statistics or web mail inboxes, improved them in a major way and gave them away for free: Gmail offers nearly unlimited storage, Analytics is a mighty tracking tool (I still prefer Clicky by far though – it’s all about the realtime), but Wave is actually the first genuinely new service which Google has ever offered.

So I wonder if we’re just witnessing a temporary decrease in usage numbers, or if Wave just offers the wrong bells and whistles. Because this might be the first #fail in the company’s history… So what’s your opinion on the future of Google Wave?

Stoni Mountains: HiKE – A Freeride Project in the Austrian Alps

I got to know Martin Stoni when I worked for Project Powderstorm, an online snowboard / skate community. When T-Mobile took over our main sponsor max.mobil, the German company cancelled all skate-sponsoring activities and decided to go sports-mainstream. The job was great though: spending nearly every winter weekend in a different ressort, we covered various snowboard events online and we always found time ride the slopes ourselves. Martin Stoni did all the videoclips back then. He stuck to his genre and got even better: these days he published his freeride magnum opus “HiKE” online – enjoy the wonderful pictures but don’t blame me mor any resulting mountain craving!

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Video Camp Vienna 2010: Moving online pictures

Vienna’s first VideoCamp ever (a BarCamp specializing in digital video) takes place at Media Quarter St. Marx on the 30th of January 2010. ATV, Austria’s leading private tv station, Datenwerk Innovation Agency and datenschmutz (aka my German-language blog) are extremely proud to invite podcasters, tv professionals, video-freaks and other moving-picture geeks to join an intense day of sessions and discussions.

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New Job Title: I’m a Digital Renaissance Man

Effective immediately: I hereby declare that I’m a Social Media Consultant no longer. When every other script kiddie started to call themselves a SEO Expert, I switched my job description. But nowadays our web 2.0 is full of Social Media Consultants – and some of them send me questions like “How can I publish a trackback?” or “What’s the difference between a Facebook page and a group”? I wonder what kind of “consulting” their customers get… And this is why I switch again: from this day on, I’m a Digital Renaissance Man.

Btw: in German, this title translates to Digital Universalgelehrter. Plus: it’s about time to give DRM a completely new meaning!

Dexter, Season 4: Dex vs. Trinity

If you haven’t seen the 4th season of “Dexter” yet, then don’t watch this video – not even the first few seconds, because they contain a serious spoiler. In case you already know how the cat-and-mouse game between Dex and Trinity ends, you are going to like this sitdown with Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow:

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WordPress 2.9.1 – Minor Updates, Simple Tags Hack

WordPress 2.9 is still quite fresh, but today the team released a new version including some minor bug fixes. WordPress 2.9.1 fixes scheduling-errors which occurred on some hosts. The update can either be triggered via the admin or you can upload the files via ftp, no database update necessary this time.

But there’s another plugin-related issue: since the upgrade to 2.9, many WordPress bloggers miss Simple Tags: the tag management plugin just stopped to work, but worry not: it’s just a hard-coded version check, a simple hack makes the plugin work again. Read more