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Posted by Marijan Pejic on May 6, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Today was the last day of my final exams for my junior year of college. My junior year has come and gone, and so has the first conference. But, studying and working on the website will still remain part of my schedule. I will be taking the MCAT in July and the website still needs much work.

I've redesigned some major parts of the website. The information from the old conference is now under the Past Conferences tab. I believe that this makes it easier to find everything (especially for new users).

I made an overview page using Flash. This is my second Flash project. The overview is mainly for new users, but I think that all people will enjoy seeing it. The pictures on the conference tab of the overview are put in an automated gallery. The pictures will expand and the motion will stop when you click on the pictures and then go back to normal with a second click. This overview still needs more work, but I think that it's a good start.

The video recordings are in a physical tape format and it will be a while until this is all prepared. Photos and summaries will most likely come earlier. I can understand if people are impatient about this since I want to see the videos also (I don't have access to the video recordings, by the way). Since the speaker sessions were concurrent, nobody saw all the videos. 

In the meantime... an update on the televised session on healthcare reform (the We Speak! session) will be made in May and the forum is the place where the discussions are continuing for all the sessions. 

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Reply DrGNU
4:18 AM on May 6, 2010 
Oh my... you have some reading to do:
FLASH... (note this is under the large DISADVANTAGES section)


Convert your content to OGG instead of using Flash (FLV):
Embedding OGG content is EASY:
Give links for users to get better Free/Libre browsers and other tools...
Give a link to as well. Education is important... particularly when it supports FREEDOM.
People living in places like Rhodesia... may appreciate having Free/Libre software that has no licensing fees or restrictions. See my friend's page regarding this:
He has passed away but the idea is people do not need to use Windows PCs (and they would be even better served to install any Free/Libre GNU/Linux operating system such as instead to use only Free/Libre software).

It is better to point users towards using browsers that are GNU Public Licensed instead of the proprietary trash they are being otherwise naively being coerced into becoming accustomed to... there are many firefox GPL'd derivatives that support Ogg and the latest HTML 5 standards (unlike internet explorer).

Well that is my mustard seed... hopefully it will grow once the ground is fertile.
Reply DrGNU
4:29 AM on May 6, 2010 
Forgot to add this:

Check out the video that Wikipedia is using (OGG format of course, because Wikipedia will only use Open Standards for it's content).
Reply Marijan Pejic
9:46 AM on May 6, 2010 
Thanks for the links! I'll switch over to free software one day...

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