Flash Video not running on IIS 6 windows server 2003

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Seen this one before but while chatting with some (tech) friends I discovered most seemed to think that this should just work out of the box, well unfortunately it doesn’t. But adding support on you windows driven website isn’t that hard, just a few short steps. So I thought it might be useful to explain here:

You need to add the .flv MIME type to IIS:

First click on the site to configure in IIS, right click – select “Properties”.

Under HTTP Headers Tab, select “File Types” button under the MIME Map section and select “New Type”

Lastly Type “.flv” as the associated extension and “video/x-flv” as the content type and Select “OK”

There you have it, flash videos should now work on that site. See you later

Cheers
Dave

Twitter is great!

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Ok, so I have this problem, I need to find out which is the best domain registration service. Why not try twitter I thought so I twittered the question. To my amazement in just a few short minutes dozens of replies 🙂

Twitter is really great, maybe not in the way people think it is.

Just out of interest most people seemed to recommend godaddy.com as the best domain registration company.

Cheers

Dave

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New BBC News website sucks! 7 things I hate about bbc news.

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I’m sorry but this is what I believe. I have had a lot of problems with the BBC news site in the past:

1. most read, most email varies depending on what page you’re on! How is that possible?

2.Video/Audio/text content is only available in 1 form, you need to support at least text, but many stories are video only. Why? At least have a subtitles option.

3. “Scientists say” stories! Tea is good for you, tea is bad for you… etc. etc. no evidence, rarely do they even bother to name the scientists involved, this is dumbed down nonsense. STOP IT! This is true of the TV news as well as the site.

4. Sources should be clearly quoted at the end of each story; so that we can check these sources and find out more.

5. They boast accessibility but the “new” website still uses tables for formatting!!! Making the site very hard to navigate for the visually impaired. this is a basic stuff come on BBC if you need some help with this please just ask! Other BBC sites are very accessible so just no excuse really.

6. The news ticker on the front page should have a back/forward button, it’s so frustrating when you get a glimpse of a interesting story then have to wait for it to come around again.

7. Very biased reporting on Bill Gates recently, seemed to be just free publicity for Microsoft

The good news is the bbc news site could really be a world class site if it could address these problems. Generally news is the BBC’s flagship product, they must not fall into the trap of dumbing down news to retain more viewers.

Cheers
Dave