• Tips for streaming video with Amazon CloudFront + Flowplayer

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    Flowplayer is a Flash-based video-player that supports streaming video using the Adobe’s Real-Time Messaging Protociol (RTMP). Amazon CloudFront is a content-delivery network (CDN) tied in with Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and can stream via RTMP. Great! This is a simple-to-set-up, cost-effective, and reliable video-on-demand system. Where you can get a little bit tangled up is the way the video resource is identified to the player. Following the recipe for Flowplayer with the RTMP plug-in, you need two values, the[...]

  • MCERTS

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    OCC software is being submitted for approval by MCERTS. This is the Environment Agency (EA) Monitoring Certification Scheme. As OCC provides software for air quality monitoring, we have attracted interest from “MCERTS for Software” which is new. As the EA document puts it: Problems with Data Management can have a number of serious adverse effects Nothing new there. So what’s involved in MCERTS certification? It’s one of those happy occasions where a standard imposes reasonable and not too onerous restrictions[...]

  • Choosing agile development

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    The oldest software process is “code and fix”. This actually works on small one-man projects, but as a system grows, bugs become harder to fix. A typical sign of such a system is a long test phase after the system is “feature complete”. Such a long test phase plays havoc with schedules as testing and debugging is near impossible to schedule. The classic response comes from engineering, whose methods try to plan the software process in detail for a long[...]

  • How IT is changing the way we generate and distribute energy

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    Have you heard of the “smart grid”? The national generation and transmission of electricity is one of the defining problems of our time driven by concerns over energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience. To make the most of our resources and incorporate new power sources, such as wind, we will need a grid that is flexible, responsive and efficient. At National Grid work towards the smart grid has long been underway.  Traditionally power is “broadcast” from a few central[...]

  • Online video content using Amazon S3 for TaxTV

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    The conventional approach to making videos or other data available online is to buy a server and host it at an ISP. This requires up-front capital costs for the server, and development of systems to keep track of backups, redundant copies, and scaling up as your needs increase. An alternative approach is to use storage web services, such as Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3 for short. Your files are stored on the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive[...]

  • iPad, iAd and Me

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    As of yet the iPad is not available to buy in the UK, but should you be thinking about it? If you have a public-facing web site, you might be wondering, Do I need an iPad version of my site? How will I deliver content without Adobe Flash? Do I need an iPad app? Because the iPad can display full pages at close to the size of a laptop or desktop screen, there is no need for a specific version of the site[...]

  • Antisocial, social networking: How businesses have got social marketing all wrong

    Reynold Greenlaw Blog Post

    OK, so as a technology savvy business I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you what ‘Web 2.0’ and the whole social networking sphere is, but if you’re asking yourself should I be doing this? or if you’re already doing social marketing and not seeing results, then I may have some answers for you. Now that 2.0 is in full swing, businesses of all shapes and sizes are getting involved and investing significantly in activities around social networking and[...]