YouTube chooses Flash and MP4 for its higher quality videos

The first news of the day is that you can now officially watch videos with a higher quality on YouTube. Not High Definition videos, but videos encoded at higher quality, better bitrate and better resolution.

The second and really good news is that Youtube chooses Flash Player in its last version (at least 9.0.115.0) as video player for its MP4 video format. It will enforce the last Flash player version penetration, and show users that Flash could play as good quality videos than other web players.

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XFL, the best new feature in Diesel

Colin Moock announced on his blog that Richard Galvan, the Flash authoring product-manager, reveals him a new feature in Diesel, the codename for next version of the Flash authoring tool.

The revealed feature is that "the next version of the Flash IDE will be able to export *and* import a new source format called XFL". XFL is a FLA file but written in a ZIP compressed XML file. Even better, Adobe will open the XFL format to let anyone generate or use XFL files to generate SWF files.

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Tekool.net English posts are now aggregated by MXNA

Until now, my blog was only aggregated as a French blog in the the French part of MXNA. As I want to write more English posts in the near future I have hacked a little my wordpress install to generate two RSS feeds, one for French posts and another for English ones. The last week I have registered the English feed of my blog with MXNA. It must now work.

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Internet, une consommation électrique inquiétante

J'ai subrepticement entendu sur France Info le relevé d'une dépêche AFP qui m'a impressionnée. Le chroniqueur annonçait que dans un quart de siècle Internet consommerait autant que l'humanité entière si rien n'était fait d'ici-là.

La dépêche AFP en question relayée sur le site afp.google.com :
Internet, un monde virtuel à la voracité énergétique bien réelle

On émettra les réserves d'usage quant à l'alignement de cette suite de chiffres appuyés d'aucune étude consultable. Mais le problème est réel, il faut le soulever.