Category Archives: Video

Whatever happened to DirectShow?

Some time ago, I stopped following the ins and outs of Windows development. I keep wondering if I will ever return, but it hasn’t happened yet.

I still see echos of the work the DirectShow team did in the 1990’s (I’m aware they were building on the work of others), and today I stumbled on this update from Geraint Davies, one of the original architects.

It was nice to learn what happened next – thanks Geraint!

Sign of the times

I finally got caught up with wiring in several recent additions to our main TV. I needed to replace a 5 way ethernet switch with an 8 way, in order to keep them connected. At some point in the last few years, everything entertainment has grown an ethernet socket. Buying the 5 way felt outrageously advanced, only a few years ago!

Sabbatical Progress

I’m now about half way through my sabbatical year, so I thought a progress update would be in order. You may recall that I wanted to see if I could do two things:

  • Integrate more cycling into my habits.
  • Find out if I have the capacity to start my own software company.

Taking the cycling first, I haven’t much. Indeed, I cycle as infrequently as when I had a full time job. An early start has fizzled out, and my main activity has been to watch this year’s Tour de France. However, I got a nice new cycle computer for my birthday last week, so perhaps the trick of ‘new equipment’ will get me going (it has worked in the past).

On the software company front, I have made more progress, although I don’t claim to have a going concern yet! I have formed Transmission Begins, and developed its first product, My Own TV Channel. This is now just starting to be used by people other than me. It’s well received whenever I discuss it, so my current plan is to improve it somewhat and then focus on building a service business around it. The software itself is available for download with an open-source licence.