We can solve it

posted: 03 Apr 2008

I just wanted to post this. I support anything that gets the voice of action on climate change heard. And this seemed like a good way, they have a video on their website that you can view, so I thought I'd put it here.

We Can Solve It


Flash video with FMS 2

posted: 16 Jan 2008

I've recently started playing with Flex with particular interest in video. I've studied a lot tutorials all over the place but when I tried to use Actionscipt's NetConnection and NetStream functions rather than the simpler VideoDisplay tag I kept encountering connection errors when trying to connect to a Flash Media Server. I could find nothing on Adobe (that's not to say it's not there, but I just couldn't find it) but eventually, after much searching found a blog post about the default encoding. It appears that Actionscript 3 has introduced a number of new features, one of which is a new Action Message Format (AMF3). It would appear that AMF3, the default format chosen by Actionscript3, is incompatible with Flash Media Server 2 (FMS2) and as such, connections to FMS2 fail.

The answer, when you know it, is simply to set the defaultObjectEncoding property of the NetConnection object to use AMF0, easy when you know how!

NetConnection.defaultObjectEncoding =

For other interesting quirks when using Flex 2 and FMS 2, check out this very useful page:

(I'll look for the other page I found which was also very useful...)


Been a bit rubbish

posted: 22 Aug 2007

I don't think I have a huge readership, in fact I'm pretty sure of that, but I hate to see my site looking the same all the time and for the handful of people who come past, I'm sorry about that. So what has been keeping me busy? Well that's difficult to say, since although I can't recall anything very large keeping me away from posting anything, I still don't recall a single evening that I've had where I could spend the time assembling my thoughts. My recent interest has been in looking at how I can remotely record and access television from the UK. The process is a little undefined just yet but it will take the form of something like: - A machine hosted in the UK, probably a mini-ITX motherboard with digital tv receiver - A small wake-on-lan script to wake this machine up - Reconfiguration of the gateway in the UK to allow the WOL packet entry - A scheduled tv listing collection, daily, and UI to view and mark for recording - An FTP server on the recording machine to allow remote access - Possibly a transcoder to compress the recorded files to something easily downloadable So far, I have the PC and the magic packet for WOL working, but it's looking like in principle, it should all work. Fingers crossed... Other than that, I'm off to the UK for the first time in about 4 months, visiting the family and going to a friends wedding. Will chuck in a couple of days at the office too, at least I don't need to take that time off as holiday. Well I'm about done here, will post again when the tv recorder is working. Until then, y'all take care of yourselves.