Formula-E 2017 Season

Formula-E 2017 Season

The 2017 season was a little more processional than the Mario Kart style (unpredictable) racing of the first two, as the effects of team money, R&D and technology and innovation get more pronounced. However, the Formula E season finales have never been predictable or dull. What a season finale in Canada! Street racing in its truest sense.

I still love the new look of the cars, a simple change (a top front wing) make the cars so distinctive. Furious and tactical racing right in the heart of cities world wide. Plus, with the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche committed to joining in future and the soon to be supporting Robo Race.  The formula should remain an exciting series to watch.

Looking forward to the next season in Hong Kong in December.

How We Got the Favicon

And just like that, the favicon made its way into Internet Explorer 5, which would go on to become one of the largest browser releases the web has ever seen.

The next day, Sun was reprimanded by his manager for letting the feature get by so quickly. As it turns out, Shyam had specifically waited until later in the day, knowing that a less experienced Program Manager would give him a pass.

via How We Got the Favicon – The History of the Web

How can we make more people watch web conference videos?

A response to How can we make more people watch conference videos? | Christian Heilmann

No follow ups?

My main annoyance with web conference websites in general is the lack of follow up. The event happens and then silence, the site is archived or a left for the following years event to happen.

A roundup update is a great opportunity to thank all involve, to promote other attendees follow up posts, include a Twitter Moment of the tweets it inspired, and chance to embed to or highlight the conferences video content. It can keep the discussion going after the event and isn’t that the goal of any conference?

Conference Video

That’s why it is a shame to see just how low the viewing numbers of some great conference videos are. When talking to conference organisers, I heard some astonishingly low numbers. The only thing to boost them seems to be to deliver them one after the other with dedicated social media promotion. Which, again, is a lot of extra effort.

I will seek out Conference videos, but I wish many took extra care when posting. You went to the trouble of taping it, but often there is no promotion of the content. A simple playlist can set the video content apart from others on an events YouTube channel. Things like description are often short or blank, and tags not applied, missing out on search traffic. I appreciate that these steps require an additional time investment.

The quality of videos, audio and stage presentation has improved immensely, I find it frustrating this attention doesn’t seem carry through to releasing them online.

Having recordings of conference talks is an amazing gift to the community. People who can’t afford to go to events or even can’t afford to travel can still stay up-to-date and learn about topics to deep dive into by watching videos.

The promotion of video content and some extra attention to the presentation of the content are how I see web conferences can ensure their video content is seen more widely. They are the best advert for the event next year.

Raising Our Common Voice For The Web – Internet Citizen

I’m excited to share that this morning Mozilla is introducing Project Common Voice, a crowdsourced initiative to build an open source data set for voice recognition apps.

That sounds wonky, but you use voice recognition apps all the time. They’re behind the services from Google, Apple and Amazon that recognize your voice and make your devices do things on command. Example: “Siri, download Firefox!” 🙂

Experts think voice recognition applications represent the next big thing. The problem is the current ecosystem favors Big Tech and leaves out the next wave of innovators. These are the people who will take this incredible technology to the next level.

via Raising Our Common Voice For The Web – Internet Citizen

Solar park and ride ‘carport’ planned for St Ives would be country’s largest – Cambridge Independent

Solar park and ride ‘carport’ planned for St Ives would be country’s largest – Cambridge Independent

Cambridgeshire County Council has been granted planning permission to build a smart energy grid at the guided bus park and ride in St Ives.

Solar panels will be installed on canopies above parking spaces to generate electricity, which in turn will be used to power LED lighting and charge electric vehicles. Additional energy will be stored and sold.

The pilot project, which is an amalgamation of innovative and novel technologies, will be three times larger than the largest solar carport in the country if built and, if successful, will be rolled out to other sites around the county.

via Solar park and ride ‘carport’ planned for St Ives would be country’s largest – South Cambridgeshire – Cambridge Independent

Halo: Formula 1 to introduce controversial cockpit head-protection system in 2018 – BBC Sport

The controversial ‘halo’ cockpit head-protection system will be introduced into Formula 1 in 2018, governing body the FIA has confirmed.

It said the halo “presents the best overall safety performance” after the evaluation of “a large number of devices over the past five years”.

The move comes less than a week after a transparent cockpit ‘shield’ proved unusable at the British Grand Prix.

I think most would prefer the sleeker looking shield. From seeing the Ferrari run it in first practice for the British Grand Prix, to me  it seemed that the shield (Ferraris version) reflected the dashboard from the in-car camera and made the drivers head invisible from the outside with a reflection of the sky. I assume that is where this decision came from but I’m not thrilled about the look of the cars going forwards, and dubious about how much safety it will provide.

via Halo: Formula 1 to introduce controversial cockpit head-protection system in 2018 – BBC Sport