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My Trip to Iceland!

I just returned from a vacation after spending the past two weeks in Reykjavik, Iceland where I came back from hiking and spending time with my family. With the ability to visit my family once every summer, the time I spend with them is cherished and goes by quickly. During the trip, I was actively engaged in business, and as a self-employed freelance developer and designer, I was able to work on my projects while traveling — that’s just one of the perks of being a digital nomad. 🙂

I first arrived in Sweden as my first of two flights had just landed, and realized I didn’t have any Swedish Krona. I did some research and decided to take out a lĂĄna pengar from LoanStar and pay it back at the end of my three day day in Sweden with my debit card. The typical day consisted of waking up, having breakfast at a local cafĂ©, exercising and hiking until the sunset, and shower, eat dinner, rest, and do the same thing the next day. When I first got there, I didn’t have gear, but was able to buy Montem trekking poles at the resort shop.

The photos that I took unfortunately are not all able to be shared because I lost my camera at the resort! I hope that they will mail it back, and have been in touch with them, but the language barrier without the translators (a.k.a. my family) at my service makes communication difficult. Still, I had some photos backed up to the cloud, and have some photos that I took on my phone.


FLV Player Updated

I have been working on a new version of FLV Player. The most important change is the ability to play On2 VP6 encoded FLV files. Other improvements include a resizable window and zoom 1x/2x buttons to allow for quick jumping to the FLV’s original size (after resizing FLV Player’s window, for example) and to look at your .flv file at 200% zoom. Version 1.3.2 and later also supports loading an FLV file or stream from either a regular webserver or an RTMP streaming server.

FLV Player is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista and works quickly, it converts FLV file format without any additional driver installations needed. An OS X version is in the works, no info on a release date yet.

  • Download installer (sponsored page) – click the bottom-most link on the next page, you can also download tryout versions of flv recording and flv conversion software there.
  • Download source files (.fla, .as, .sws)

This new version is based on Flash Player 8 and utilises the default Macromedia FLV Playback component, which uses a slightly customised skin (blue instead of green highlights). FLV Player is built with Screenweaver Open Source, which is still in beta, so your mileage may vary. Let me know if you encounter unexpected results. Or, even better, join the Screenweaver Open Souce initiative and help us create an even better version of Screenweaver!

One often requested feature that hasn’t been incorporated yet is the “fullscreen” option, Partly because I need some additional time to work on that specific ability, partly because I’m not sure if it’s that usefull. Playing FLV’s fullscreen is very CPU intensive. I think the zoom 2x feature and the resizeable window will suffice for now, but if you’d really like a fullscreen option, drop me line in the comments.

An important note to keep in mind: FLV Player uses the Macromedia Flash 8 FLV Playback component to play .flv files with. This component functions best when your .flv contains valid metadata.

Update August 22, 2017: The Mac OS X version has been released and is currently in public beta. Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a beta tester.