For the first 30 seconds of the video, I thought I was watching some farmers from a remote district in the remote Northern Region of Ghana. I actually had to look hard to see the really shiny buildings behind them to know this was the US. The video below was a random sampling of people by a Googler to find out what browsers they use. The answers were stunning.
Watching the video, questions began to creep in my mind as well as some fog getting cleared. I now know why Apple’s iPad was a hit on the day it went on sale. I also know why proprietary software is dominant across the technological spectrum. Then the question of how Open Source Software developers view their end users jumps to the fore of my imagination.
Generally speaking, the people in the video are those in the majority of end users of all applications, whether proprietary or otherwise. This then begs the question of how to imagine/view your end users. Should you view them as those in the video or assume they are people who are interested in the nitty-gritty of what you are developing? Do these people actually vindicate Ubuntu’s strategy of making Linux usable for such people even if it involves the use of some proprietary elements?
Alas, this short video raises more questions in my mind than answers. Questions that have no clear cut answers but would still need answering at some point in time in the Open Source community. For the time being, please do check out the video and have a hearty laugh. The video deserves it.
Sendshots is the easiest way I’ve seen so far for sending videos to friends and family. It takes three easy steps
Step 1: Allow Sendshots access to your webcam for recording the video
Step 2: Enter the email of the recipient
Step 3: Hit send. That’s it
The reason I like this service is that the recipient need not be online or use the same application. All they need is an email to receive the videos. It being an online application is also a big plus, no hassles about platform. The cleaner and very sleek interface is also a delight to watch.
Though in beta, this free, web based service is bound to go places once it hits the mainstream. So if you are thinking of a way to send a video message whatsoever to someone without the usual hassles associated with such tasks, you definitely need to give Sendshots a look.
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