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Prototyping Weeknotes #44 (07/01/11)

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Tristan Ferne | 15:53 UK time, Friday, 7 January 2011

Well, I'm back in the office for the first time in 2011 along with about half the team. The morning stand-up lasts much longer than normal because we can't quite remember what we were all doing. Olivier joins the team this week, he's a "Senior Technologist, Internet Standards" and will be the BBC's new W3C rep, and much of his first week was dedicated to joining the team, the BBC and indeed, the country. Chris L is here for a meeting on Thursday, and he's joining the engineering team later this month.

We review our upcoming projects, we're full up till the end of January. George discovers Kat's wiki page on literary theory. Sean gets a little annoyed about Derrida. I just about finish off my first tech note for about 10 years. And Thursday brings banana cake baked by Akua.

We meet about our position paper for the upcoming W3C workshop on Web and TV where we agree on a solid basis for our engagement. Olivier pulls this paper together and its submitted in plenty of time for the deadline on Friday. Kat and I talk about TV scrobbling and personal data stores for a possible new commission and we continue to research "lifelogging" and data privacy.

Sean turns the Firehose off. We had it connected for 50 days and have stored the equivalent of about 10TB of uncompressed tweets, that's around 5 and a half billion in total, 110 million every day. As Sean says - "Once we've done a thorough scan of all the data we'll get more accurate figures which I'm sure you'll be able to use to advantage in a range of social situations.". Now we're writing up the project.

Mark's been thinking about how to wrap up his Audio Synchronisation project and also starting some research for the Dashboard. When Paul returns he's researching CDNs for the same project.


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