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I frequently find myself in a situation where I’m either a) using a different computer for playing my music than the one I’m using for working/browsing/whatever or b) using some software that although it might scrobble to it does not Growl the song.

So what I really want is a little piece of software that polls my RSS feed and Growl notifies me on song changes. I failed to find it, so I made it myself :)

It needs Python and the GrowlNotifier module. Should be packaged into a nice little dmg, run in the menu bar (possibly with a “love this track” button), etc…. yeah yeah, ‘some day’ :) You need your own API key though, as I doubt I should be redistributing mine… dunno if there’s a way around that?

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Joost and Open Source

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As Robert writes, we do use massive amounts of open source at Joost. Mozilla/XULRunner is just a small part of it all.

With the latest release out, I hope I’ll have some time to blog a bit about how we use Mozilla and XULRunner, etc. I think I promised that quite some time ago, but time flies in this crazy adventure.

Fosdem 2007

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Together with some other “Joosters”, I’ll be at Fosdem 2007. We’ll be there from Friday evening. I’ll leave again Sunday early morning, since I have the silly idea of running 15km in Rotterdam at 11am. The rest will be there all weekend afaik.

CU there!

Heh, the Haiku-and-Limerick-Your-Way-to-a-Free-Joost-Token Contest winners are announced.

There once was a fisher-geek named Proust.
Whose love life needed a boost.
So a rhyme he created.
That left his sweetheart elated.
And it netted them their token for Joost.

Royal Sex Change?

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Hmm, sex changes seems popular among the Dutch royals :)

(from the official homepage of The Dutch Royal House)

The Venice Project is now Joost

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Our “real” name is now revealed:

With new and shiny website and all. Check it out, and register for the beta test!

Finally I can tell a bit more about what I’ve actually been doing the last couple of months since leaving Spain, and of all places, moved to The Netherlands. The project I am working on is called: The Venice Project which is now a little less stealthy :-) So we can actually tell a bit about what we do.

Basically we are trying to revolutionize how you watch TV. You should be able to watch tv where and when you want to, and see TV that actually interests you. This includes using/extending the features you already know from “Web 2.0”, f.x. creating and using community-based information — sounds a bit like marketing mumbo jumbo, but it just my poor way of describing something which you have to see for yourself, and which is still in the making :-) The project is started by guys with a background in Skype who have tried doing these forms of “disruptive things” before, including Janus and Niklas.

From a more technological point of view, we deliver TV to you using P2P and the client software itself is based on XULRunner. We use tons of open source software, and a lot of W3C technologies. We’ll target the same main platforms as XULRunner: Windows, Mac and Linux. It is pretty cool to see the Mozilla platform used in this new way, and it is quite an adventure being part of it.

I’ll try to blog a bit more about this as we progress.

Want more? :-) Watch our blog and sign up as a beta tester.

Helsinki :-)

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