I thought I would share my Perl SOAP::Lite code for creating a WSS(wsse:) header for Web Services Security since it took me a while to figure out all the ulglies. It’s been more then a little frustrating. So if I can save somone the headache I am glad to do it.
Dave Winer wanted to know how to setup a Jaiku server using the Google App Engine. So, out of curiosity I setup up a Jaiku server up on appspot.com using Adewale Oshineye instructions. Everything seemed to go smooth and I learned a little about GAE from setting it up.
To be honest I don’t have much interest in Jaiku or any other type of micro-bloging service for that matter. My interest was mainly learning more about GAE.
BTW, I will probably just leave it up so people can play with it unless it becomes a problem for me.
It seems the cat is now out of the bag; Roku and Amazon have released the new Amazon Video On Demand service on the Roku Digital Video Player.
I was a beta tester for the Amazon Video On Demand on the Roku and I can say I am happy with the service. I really think the Roku is going to become the defacto winner over AppleTV and Vudu and all the other TV devices because 1 it’s $99 compared to AppleTV $229, Vudu $149 (w/0 wifi) and 2 Roku seems commited to adding other content partners to their device.
As somebody who has purchased and rented lot’s of movies and TV shows from iTunes I can tell you that I intend to switch to using the Roku/Amazon service. The Amazon model of allowing me to just stream the show to my TV vs. downloading them is much better IMHO unless you want them on your iPod. I am running out of space on my Mac and would really hate to loose all of that content when my hard drive fails or worse when my backup fails. With Amazon I don’t have to worry about it becasue they store it for me.
Apple could still change the game if they focused on opening up the AppleTV to other content partners(Netflix,Amazon,etc..) and made it worth the $229 by adding a Blu-ray or DVD player.
IMHO President Obama should ask Timothy Geithner for his resignation to go along with Nancy Killefer and Tom Daschle. All 3 had “tax issues”. While he’s at it he should axe William Lynn‘s nomination for being a former lobbyist for Ratheyon.
WTF! Obama, get the pigs out of your house if you let them run loose for too long they will make the Whitehouse into a sty.
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There is no doubt I love my new Roku player which allows me to stream 12,000 NetFlix titles for $8.99 a month. The cherry on the top is that Roku announced that there are adding Amazon Video on Demand directly to the Roku. Amazon has about 40,000 titles for rent much like iTunes movie store which I had been using to buy and rent movies and television shows before I purchased the $99 Roku.
There is no doubt Apple is losing my business to the Roku player and if Roku decides to add other choices such as Hulu, CBS Video, TV.com, YouTube, Cinema Now on top of NetFlix and Amazon Apple will have a tough time ever selling me an Apple TV which I really wanted because I have purchased quite a few TV shows and movies from iTunes over the past couple of years.
Even if I did purchase an Apple TV now; I like most people now have an issue of too few(2) HDMI connections to my TV. I have 1 for my DVD player and 1 for the Roku. If I purchased an Apple TV then I would have to buy a some sort of splitter or switch or just manually un-plug and plug-in between the devices.
IMHO, Apple TV could be the iPhone/iPod of TV players if they gave me choices and consolidated my TV peripherals.
Here are my suggestions for making the Apple TV a multi-billion dollar winner for Apple.
- Add a upscaling DVD player to the Apple TV capable of 1080p output. (in the future add blu-ray support)
- Allow me to view my instant watch NetFlix que.
- Add Hulu and some other commercial providers sort of like Boxee has done.
- Not 100% necessary to add Amazon video-on-demand since it competes directly with iTunes but the more choices the better.
- Here is the bonus idea, You could easily make a new remote (or add-on remote) like the Wii and make the Apple TV into a game counsel as well.