Rubyconf Videos

by gregg on Nov 26, 2008

Didn’t make it to Rubyconf? Or maybe you missed a few talks? Well here you go, the entire event in 31 minutes. This video contains links to the Full Confreaks Videos, so if you see something you like, you can go view the entire video.

Warning: Not all the Confreaks videos are posted yet, so if you click the links in the video some may not be up. See the Confreaks Video page for a list of videos which are posted (the ones that are linked).

View Video on Viddler

The Rubyconf video is sponsored by Cloudspace. Cloudspace specializes in designing & building web applications using agile software development in Ruby on Rails and is currently looking for a few good Ruby developers. Email Tim at Cloudspace if you’re interested in joining their team.

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ChessNovember 26, 2008 @ 02:02 PM

Superb video, great job Gregg! Thanks for putting that together!

CarlNovember 27, 2008 @ 02:14 PM

I don’t know if the interface allows you to do this, but I wish the links to the videos stayed up for the entire (or close to entire) time the person was talking. If that isn’t possible, then how about having the link for the video at the end of the person talking? I don’t know if I really want to watch more about the person’s topic before I’ve heard them talk about it a little bit.

Gregg PollackNovember 28, 2008 @ 01:57 AM

Chess: Thanks

Carl: Yeah, Viddler doesn’t let you keep up the links for the entire time, seems to me they stay up for about 6 seconds. 3 seconds in each direction from where you plant it.

I tried to put the presentation links so they pop up at the end of what the person is talking about. I can’t put them at the exact end, the tag for the next person’s name would pop up (taking the link away). The result would be that the link would be up for less time.

So. well.. Not much I can do I guess… let me know if you have any ideas.

CarlNovember 28, 2008 @ 08:42 PM

Actually, if you go full screen it isn’t too bad. Could you post the links themselves in the order they appear, like you do for your regular weekly casts? That would be helpful when I come back and want to find one particular link later on.

Gregg PollackNovember 28, 2008 @ 09:13 PM

Carl: Just go to the ConFreaks page then? Same sorta thing..

Joseph GraceNovember 29, 2008 @ 11:00 AM

Ditto Chess. Great job. Thank you for all the great news, compact shorts, fun presentation, occasional breaks to see the setting, and hooking into the videos page. Awesome.

PhilNovember 29, 2008 @ 01:11 PM

I’d love to watch the video, but unfortunately the both download links on Viddler just lead back to the same page.

I thought maybe you had to sign up, but after hunting for the hidden signup link and logging in, I still got the same behaviour from the download link. Maybe the download link requires flash to be installed? But that seems kind of self-defeating.

Any chance you could post a link to the video in more palatable format? Thanks.

Gregg PollackNovember 29, 2008 @ 11:16 PM

Joseph: Thanks!

Phil: I’m not sure the video is worth watching without Flash. Without flash you don’t get any of the comments, tags, or links to the full videos. I think there’s like 150 of them or something stupid like that.

Is there a sub-community of anti-flash hackers I don’t know about? Who doesn’t have access to flash? Lynx users?

PhilDecember 02, 2008 @ 01:42 PM


I love not having flash installed. It does wonders for browser stability and memory usage; I can’t remember the last time my browser crashed. Being able to skip 90% of annoying advertisements without any extra plugins is pretty handy too. For a long time the plugin wasn’t even an option on 64-bit systems, though that’s being addressed with unbelievable tardiness.

The worst part of it is that it swallows keystrokes, so if you’re scrolling down the page and a flash object happens to slide under your mouse, your keyboard will just go dead inexplicably. Insta-fail.

But mostly it comes down to not trusting Adobe. I’ll stick with the Open Web, even if it means I have to wait a few years for the video element to catch on.