During my career, I’ve been very fortunate to work with many fantastic graduates, and during recent conversations, it became clear that there was a demand for an introductory course to money and finance.
Personally, I’m amazed that our education system (at least in the UK) does not teach the basics and I hope that over the next several weeks, we can work together through a seven-step plan to help you get control of your finances and not the other way round.
Why am I writing this course, ”I wish that when I was your age, someone would have explained to me why it is important to understand money, look after it and invest for the future.”
Disclaimer: I’m not a financial adviser and am speaking from my own personal experience.
Former US President, Benjamin Franklin once said “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, and he was absolutely right, because the financial markets are designed to extract the maximum value from each transaction and if we’re to be on the right side of the trade, we should prepare to roll up our sleeves, learn and act. Continue reading
I’m very grateful to have been asked to speak on a panel at the TV Connect conference in London, Olympia on the 9th May, where I will be discussing “The Great Codec War”. The conference programme is available here and here’s a sample of topics below. Hope to see some of you there 🙂
HEVC vs AV1: understanding the battleground
Are there alternative? What can effectively be done today?
Can codecs ensure the future of your service through differentiating services
In a fragmented video delivery world, is it really one size fits all?
To follow up my previous series of five articles on the important elements of a live streaming service, I created an internal training course for Sky staff covering; transcoding, packaging, encrypt, origin/CDNs and video quality.
I wanted to explore new ways of bringing training to life and created an annotated online presentation of Content Delivery Networks using the excellent prezi.com site. I hope you find it informative.
Often in technology, in order to move forward, we need to look at where we have been.
Yesterday, I was invited to present the keynote at the Streaming Forum conference in London and described how we are moving from an appliance-based architecture to a containerised based architecture.
For example with our old platform, it would take up to 4 weeks to configure, test and launch new live channels compared to minutes with our new platform.
Another important aspect of this change is to break away from being attached to equipment and offered the Pets versus Cattle analogy with the emergence of Streaming DevOps being the merging of two skill sets to optimise the video workflow.
One area, that I did not have time to discuss was the cultural changes that needed to happen to make Streaming DevOps a reality. We’ve worked really hard to integrate Streaming engineers and DevOps engineering together so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This means that engineers now have time for research and development to enhance our services. This is critical to success as we need to be able to see the whole forest and not just the trees.
Streaming Media Global published a review of the keynote, which can be found here.
In the lead up to the Streaming Forum 2018 conference, I wrote a series of five articles describing some of the challenges of reliably delivering a live streaming service at scale for millions of customers every day.
The fifth and final article about Why should we care about video quality was published coding on the Streaming Media Europe website on 15th January here.
I hope you enjoy reading it and look forward to hearing your comments.