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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Vongo

It's not everyday that the project you've been working on gets announced all over the news (even locally!).

Vongo

It's been a fun project to work on - with some pretty cool technology powering it all.

Posted in Java at Jan 03 2006, 08:48:26 AM MST 27 Comments
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Just a quick heads up: Tried clicking the Vongo logo from the "Flash Failure" page and received a 404: http://www.vongo.com/index.jsp

Posted by Dan on January 03, 2006 at 10:13 AM MST #

OS Failure. Apprently the PC I'm running isn't a valid PC. Shouldn't it say Windows as Personal Computer isn't an OS?

Posted by Ian on January 03, 2006 at 10:18 AM MST #

Ian - what page do you get this on? What OS are you running?

Posted by Matt Raible on January 03, 2006 at 10:28 AM MST #

Just wanted to say congrats. I just saw a brief news piece about this on Denver's WB 2 news this morning before I left for work.

Posted by Greg Ostravich on January 03, 2006 at 10:28 AM MST #

Also, attempting to sign up for the Mac OS notification resulted in a error page with no useful messages...

Posted by Dave on January 03, 2006 at 10:32 AM MST #

Matt - I'm getting it on http://www.vongo.com/. I'm running Fedora Core 4 (linux).

Posted by Ian on January 03, 2006 at 10:37 AM MST #

GRRrrr http://www.vongo.com/geo_check/failure/images/failurePages/GeoCheckTagLine.gif Too bad I won't see your work.

Posted by Aurélien on January 03, 2006 at 11:30 AM MST #

Aurélien - you probably couldn't see my work anyway. I only helped with the backend (Spring, Hibernate and WebLogic).

Posted by Matt Raible on January 03, 2006 at 11:32 AM MST #

>8^@ WHAT?!?

I am not amused!!! >:^<

Posted by en on January 03, 2006 at 11:34 AM MST #

"...but will soon be Mac compatible (really!)." Yet another product closed out to mac users. I'll add this to the list, right behind Google Earth, Google Talk, Meetro...

Posted by brian on January 03, 2006 at 11:38 AM MST #

And one click later I get redirected to http://www.starz.com/?

Weird...

Posted by en on January 03, 2006 at 11:42 AM MST #

How a web app in this day and age that's only supported for Windows is beyond me.

Posted by PJ Hyett on January 03, 2006 at 12:20 PM MST #

PJ Hyett, As you can only watch the movies using a Windows box (or windows media device), it isn't surprising that the web app only supports Windows.

Posted by David Betts on January 03, 2006 at 01:05 PM MST #

PJ - it's also not a web app. You download an install a Flash client on your desktop. However, it's Flash, so it should be easily portable to other operating systems.

Posted by Matt Raible on January 03, 2006 at 01:48 PM MST #

Matt, by coincidence I was downloading this right before I read your blog. Great project! I've used Movielink in the past and was always disappointed by their small selection of titles. I'll definitely be giving Vongo a workout.

Posted by Shane on January 03, 2006 at 02:42 PM MST #

One person's success is another's failure.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on January 03, 2006 at 05:06 PM MST #

What? "You need to be in the United States to view this site..."

Posted by Kyle on January 03, 2006 at 05:52 PM MST #

WebLogic? In your opinion, (I know these kinds of decisions are inexplicably not always left up to the tehcnical artitects) was there a good reason to spend money on WebLogic, verses a free/reasonable cost solution like tomcat, resin, etc.

Posted by Paul Barry on January 03, 2006 at 06:35 PM MST #

The US-only bit is likely related to DRM - doesn't iTunes have a similar problem? As far as WebLogic, it's been a great app server to work with - its stability has been rock solid. When you're building a product like this one, cost is rarely a concern.

Posted by Matt Raible on January 03, 2006 at 08:55 PM MST #

Congratulations. Does this mean we can look forward to new postings/tips on using Spring and Hibernate?

Posted by Jeff Duska on January 03, 2006 at 10:21 PM MST #

"The US-only bit is likely related to DRM - doesn't iTunes have a similar problem" Yes, and I hate it. Does it really make any sense, I mean ITunes for example, I can watch DirectTV outside the US, I can buy any cd or dvd via web, travelling, whatever! Aaaa but no, not using the new technologies because they are protecting..... who??

Posted by Kyle on January 04, 2006 at 06:46 AM MST #

USA only in today internet? I think that wrong. I think more friendly message will better. Today screen for me meaning: "You are not American! Go away and will never return! and say about it to all other 98% of earth" Anyway, good work Matt(I sure it good work :) )!

Posted by Alex Tretyakov on January 15, 2006 at 04:12 AM MST #

I just installed the flash, but a sign came up saying they could not help me today. Come back another time and tell my friends. Am I waiting or wanting?

Posted by bree on February 01, 2006 at 01:58 PM MST #

I'm running Windows 98 SE, and the site says I'm not. What gives? Tried with both IE and Mozilla Firefox 1.5, same results both times. I have Flash 8 installed, and Sun Java 1.5... not sure what's wrong, but if it can't identify my computer correctly it can't be worth much (nothing personal, but I don't think anyone should advertise during the Olympics when their technology still has showstopper bugs like this).

Posted by Chris Gonnerman on February 16, 2006 at 04:30 PM MST #

Sorry Chris, I'm no longer working on the project. The good news is the website was created by a different company than the product itself. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on February 16, 2006 at 05:25 PM MST #

Tried to access Vongo.com, installed the latest flash media and was told, "sorry we weren't able to help you today".

Posted by Mary on February 25, 2006 at 06:17 PM MST #

I tried to go to the site and couldn't. I have WIN98se and the site told me I had MAC. To sign up to be notified when MAC access was available. I guess I won't VONGO today ( or ever )...........

Posted by William Prowse on March 04, 2006 at 04:32 PM MST #

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