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Reviewing Joost Beta 9

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Got done reviewing Joost Beta 9, and it just keeps on getting better, and this time it did not bring down the network.

There is only one thing about Joost beta 9 that is bad from my view point, and it is a usability issue, in other words, the way that I use a computer means that I want my programs to display data in a particular way.

Joost wants to own the screen on startup, it wants full screen just like a video game, but this is a user configurable item, you can go into settings to set it to start up in a smaller screen. However, if you want to use any of the cool search, contacts, chat, or other functions, it will take you to full screen again to access the side content channels and configuration. At times, this is not convenient given the way that I use a computer.

The other issue was the "Invite Friends" function, required the full desktop and was hard to find, had to put through a trouble ticket to get the location. Putting it in the "My Joost" would be a much better design rather than having to go to the basement, through the locked door, over the tigers that guarded the hallway, in the back of a locked filing cabinet marked "danger".

On the good side of the program though, Joost is really getting so much better.

Channel content is more defined, cleaner, and the picture was a lot better, since I tested it on a hotel network over wireless, I was fairly surprised about how good the picture and channel content came through the system. About 14 people and scanning tools were heavily using the network at the time and there was no disruption to doing work while listening to TV.

Trouble ticketing and support issues were handled well, my definition of well, meaning they answered the question, and we all then went about our business because the answer worked.

Channel selection was interesting, in that you could see what programs were blocked out for what geographic region, when trying to bounce through a known proxy, the system did not let me get to blocked content by region. I will try the unknown proxy later on to see if it still knows how to handle proxied traffic.

Overall, the Beta 9 version of Joost is very easy to use with just a few mods that can be programmed into the program, like starting not owning the entire desktop. Special features like search, invite people, chat, and others require that the screen own the desktop. Other features like pause, channel surfing and other content management did not require the use of the full screen.

It is going to be a fun program for delivery of TV over IP, and it just keeps on getting better. I have no invites left though, as I gave out all five invites that they let me have this week. I hope that when they come out of beta they will allow people to randomly invite as many people as possible to garner more "audience share".

They need to make the invite process much easier, it is a hard thing to find. Something obvious like "invite your friends" on the UI for "My Joost" would be excellent. Other than that, it is an interesting application, that will be interesting to see how it is adopted or not on a corporate network, and how people will adopt TV over IP.

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About Dan Morrill
Dan Morrill runs Techwag, a site all about his views on social media, education, technology, and some of the more interesting things that happen on the internet. He works at CityU of Seattle as the Program Director for the Computer Science, Information Systems and Information Security educational programs. WebProNews Writer
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