A river that needs crossing political and tech blogs - On the political side, there is arrogance and ignorance, on the geek side there is naivety and over- complexity

My videos are on these two youtube channels visionontv 3,832,876 views and undercurrents 22,689,976 views

 

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Mobile Review - The HTC desire Z leaves some things to be desired...

The hardware is soled, its very well made, screen is good, keyboard OK (though can be a stretch to reach the keys).

Battery life is pretty bad, have not made it through a day yet.

Android is kinda clunky in a lot of places, not shore if this is HTC sense making it better or wares?

Camera is average, its hard to get a good focused shot and low light generally sucks. Ergonomics, of the camera is very bad, generally it is hard to hold the camera, to find the buttons and then actually know that you are pressing them.

Processor is fast and the UI responsive but the phone seams to suffer from wifi signal drop while holding it naturally to type with.

Conclusion: bad battery life, clunky software, problematic ergonomics as a camera.

7/10

NEXT: must be a better phone out there? Wright more about using it as a grassroots journalism tool soon.

Mobile Review - Nokia 95-8GB

A highly regarded early smart phone.

When you get used to Symbian the functionality is there is the best that could be said.

Its well made and has good battery life (though drops if use smart functionality).

Has an excellent camera best I have used on a smart phone But impossible to use the web beyond a basic level through lack of any keyboard.

Lots of geeky applications, but software support starting to fall behind

Conclusion: OK phone, excellent camera, some geeky potential, but limited as general web smart phone due to lack of keyboard and touch screen.

6/10

The recent police violences at the student demo's is nothing new - rather a new group of people are experiencing systematic police abuses.

The recent police violences at the student demo's is nothing new - rather a new group of people are experiencing systematic police abuses. This film is about what happened at the Kingsnoth Climatecamp 2008, at the big G20 demo after this they killed a man.

The harassment and exclusion of legal observers, the violent arrest of women refusing to be searched, the aggressive interrogation of local residents, the threatening of journalists with arrest for doing their job, the confiscation of 100s of items such as childrens' costumes and crayons, attempted dawn raids on the camp, the use of batons and CS gas against peaceful protesters, and the forced search of 1000s of people and the adding of their personal data to a secret database. This type of political policing has to stop, and the right to legitimate protest re-established. 

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The battle for the internet is switching from a cold war to a hot war

The battle for the internet is switching from a cold war to a hot war, and the proxy battles over piracy have spilled into the open war over freedom of speech. The government/corporate extra-judicial attacks on the funding and domains of such groups as wikileaks and the counter-attacks of groups like “anonymous” are the visible fire of a wider battle. The open internet is under sustained and systematic attack, and we can't be sure that there are strong enough forces in the field to keep in place the “stupidly simple and open” standards that the the web/internet is built on. The danger is that a “peace settlement” over net neutrality will replace them with something “better” and it is in this that the danger lies.

As the battle lines are now clearly drawn, it's time to rally the forces of openness to counter the forces of closure.

How to help with building a news Channal on visionOntv

its interesting times... here are the editorial guidelines http://visionon.tv/wiki/-/wiki/Main/Editorial%20guidelines

The channels have a separate login at the bottom of the channel page (to do with the software we use) you need to create an account there then send me the user name so can make you an admin. if you click remember login it stays logged in for a long time so you don't have to keep putting in PW.

When you are logged in all you need to do is "submit video" at top of channel page with the video URL from youtube, or video file URL etc. Then its up to you if you wont to promote it to featured area if its very good.

Then we send out the link to the channel rather than the individual video - to promote the film as for alt-media flows are more important then individual videos http://visionon.tv/grassroots

London Anarchist Book Fair - Catholic Worker

Are a community of the international radical Christian ‘Catholic Worker’ movement. The Catholic Worker is Catholic, ecumenical, pacifist, communitarian and anarchist in the spirit of gentle personalism. The London Catholic Worker was brought together by the action of the Jubilee Ploughshares in 2000. Those who came together had long sensed the need for a Catholic Worker community of hospitality and resistance in the world’s second imperial city. Our work is now made up by two houses of hospitality, a community café and a drop-in soup kitchen, and continue to focus our resistance on the ‘war on terror’, British nuclear weapons and the arms trade. More info at http://londoncatholicworker.org/

Lets make opensource tools - the mediaplayer

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visionOntv - Channels guide

 

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Main channels

visionOntv's 5 main channels are aggregators, which automatically post trusted feeds of quality films from around the world. We manually promote other good films as well. This means there are interesting new films to watch every day. We are in the process of adding new aggregator channels, such as climatecamptvolympics, and noborders.

If any cool films catch your attention, drop us an email at info (AT) visionon (DOT) tv, and we will add them.

Inside each aggregator channel there is a menu tab with the channel name on the far right. Here you will find useful  resources:

Crew - tells you who is a member of the channel community. You can join the community here, to be kept up-to-date and help organise the channel.

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More channels adds a large number of channels covering different topics, places and people. You can easily embed any visionOntv channels in your website or blog here. They will update automatically as new films come online.

Feel free to suggest a stream of content not already covered - write to us at info (AT) visionon (DOT) tv, and you can embed and curate your own channel. If you'll embed it, we'll create it. It's a really cool way for distribution of quality independent films to grow.

End of the internet as a open-platform comes much closer

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey anoucment means that the end of the internet as a open-platform comes much closer http://bit.ly/cpDh2j can't help feeling we are sleep walking into this. Though as the undead of the corporate media is riseng from its coffins - we are seeing the peasants with burning torches in the streets #demo2010 but will site such as #fitwatch still be accessible when we lose #netneutrality and do you think your ISP will allow tools like this http://tcrn.ch/c7Ah15 #Adblock any more? As paula at @fossbox says "well, they're just handing the entire UK infrastructure to corporate empires - no discussion, no appeal :( "

Its a HUGE problem, at http://visionon.tv we wont to be at the centre of the open-internet debate do you wont to help make this happen – if you do join the site and make it real the DIY way.

Many films on the background to this subject here http://visionon.tv/plugandplay

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