DemoCampCalgary17 (2010-04-27) has wrapped! And while Mr. Torvalds was unable to get his “cell processor universe simulator” to run due to his friend Ballmer accidentally updating the PS3 to firmware 3.21, we were still able to enjoy 5 exciting tech demos!
And did we all huddle around a tiny little laptop monitor? Squinting? Jostling for the merest glimpse of fresh new software? No, we only had to gaze upwards, upon the fancy new video projection screen paid for by Microsoft (via John Bristowe, who was MIA and therefore unable to appreciate it’s beauty). Hey, say what you want about Microsoft, at least they don’t sell you a game console featuring Linux compatibility, then retroactively drop the feature a year later with a machine crippling firmware update. Can I sell stuff, then take it back too? No? …shoot.
David Gluzman was on-hand, snapping photos which he then tagged democampcalgary17 and uploaded to Flickr. See, there’s a right way to do something, and there’s a wrong way. Properly tagging photos and uploading at high resolution is the right way. Making a customer choose between online gamplay and running Ubuntu on their PS3 after bragging about the feature as a selling point over the X-Box 360 is the wrong way.
|00:40||Big Nerds In Disguise kicked off the evening with an extremely geo-dependent multiplayer iPhone game called “Own This World“. It looks like M.U.L.E. might have been, had Ozark Softscape not called the police on time traveling Eddie. Words like “iPhone”, “MacBook”, “Internet” and “2010” sounded like gibberish back in 1983: time traveling Eddie got a lobotomy and we’ve had to wait 27 years to finally play.|
|06:20||Brendan Duddridge then reminded us that iPhones aren’t just for gaming. They’re for entering and storing database information via TapForms! Brendan released TapForms 1.0 back in 2008, and has been adding features since. There’s lots of included forms to get you started. Then either customize, or create your own from scratch. And next time your significant other accuses you of wasting time with your iPhone, respond indignantly, “I’m working on my relational database model!”|
|10:56||Ronald Domes of Vaenco then spoke of “not just iPhones”, whatever that meant, and a video service called “ZoweeTV“. Using the internet as a cable backbone, ZoweeTV is a consolidated media portal, offering up high definition content for all devices. Social networking features include insights into what your friends are watching, and what content you’re most likely to enjoy.|
|18:00||Shawn Abbott then gave us an update on Tynt, which just closed an $8,000,000 round of financing! Shawn quickly restated how Tynt helps publishers retain monetization options after the dreaded copy-paste has befelled their precious content.|
|21:22||Reg Cheramy spoke on behalf of VidClipper’s development team. Once again, Reg mistook “mobile development” to mean writing software while in a moving vehicle. This time, the object which was not launched through anyone’s chest by an exploding airbag was an iPad. VidClipper allows you to conveniently bookmark and push YouTube videos of interest onto your iPad. Don’t ADHD your life away when you need to focus. Compartmentalize! The videos will be waiting for you on your iPad when you get home… so back to work!|
Looking back, DemoCampCalgary has come quite a ways… out first DemoCamp was held back in April of 2007 at University of Calgary. That was only 2 years after SONY shipped CDs infected with rootkits to their paying customers in 2005! Ah, the memories. I’d almost forgotten!
Here’s hoping we’ll see you at DCC18, in approximately 2 months time.
If anyone wants to use DemoCamp footage to promote their product, I’d suggest either grabbing the high quality render from Internet Archive, or checking out YouTube’s “start” parameter for embeds, or “t” parameter for hyperlinks.
There’s nothing sadder then a losing video quality for no good reason. Except maybe a puppy with 3 legs. Or a PS3 without Linux.