Tag Archives | Alternative

…Hulu is growing?

Hulu

As a major supporter of the Hulu movement, I’m glad to see that they’re continuing to develop the online TV alternative with new shows and exclusive viewings.

Their “Fall Premiere Lineup” includes favorites like “Bones,” “Heroes,” “House,” “The Office,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Crusoe,” and “30 Rock”, while shows like “Knight Rider,” “Chuck,” “Life,” and “Lipstick Jungle” are even slated to debut on Hulu more than a week before they go live on broadcast TV.

Even the technology continues to improve, as more and more shows are available in 480p for resolutions that approach HD. (And on most computer monitors, you’d probably never notice any difference above 480p, though that’s not true if you’ve got your computer hooked into your home entertainment system.)

[Hulu]

[Via: Mashable]

…iPaper is a PDF killer?

iPaper

Apparently the web world is fed up with PDFs, because alternatives are popping up left and right.

The latest entry into this world is iPaper, which aims to entirely replace the PDF.

The basic idea is that, like a YouTube video, iPaper documents can be embedded into any existing web page through a Flash widget, and can display PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other document formats without the need for separate readers.

Features include viewing documents without downloading any additional software, monetizing documents with integrated advertisements, social aspects with a built in share functionality, enhanced security, and easy integration.

Edit: Box.net, a free online storage and file sharing site, is one of the first sites to embrace the iPaper technology. You can now view any of your PDF, Word, Excel, or Power Point documents that you have stored on Box.net using iPaper.

iPaper Comparison Chart

[Scribd – iPaper]

…MacBooks are available as other elements?

MacBook Elements

Now that the MacBook Air is out, what about the rest of the elements?

To see what Apple might have in store, DVICE has created a line of alternative MacBooks, including a MacBook Earth, a MacBook Fire, and a MacBook Water.

It’s like Captain Planet Computing!

[DVICE – MacBook Elements]

…CCTV helps make great films?

CCTV film making is an interesting concept that lends itself well to filming alternative and sometimes illegal activities like free-running.

By “video sniffing” the signal from wireless CCTV networks, filmmakers are able to capture the images from these existing cameras and use them for their own creative vision.

This film, called The Duellists, was shot inside of a shopping center using the central control room’s 160 cameras over the course of three nights:

It’s not exactly the highest of quality, but sometimes, low budget is the way to go.

[Via: We Make Money Not Art]

…Google is giving presentations?

Google Docs Logo

Google gave a big FU to Microsoft this week with the addition to their Presentations app to the Google Docs family.

Designed to create presentations (similar to PowerPoint), it’s a free utility that completes the Office alternative.

Though it doesn’t have the features of the Microsoft offering, the price is hard to beat, and when Google gets involved, you know it’s going to be big.

Your move, Bill Gates, your move.

[Google Docs]

[Via: Official Google Blog]