2001 What's New
NOTE: This page is no longer being updated; please
see the News and Announcements
forum for the latest developments.
Also see Bitzi In The Press for outside coverage.
Latest changes appear at the top.
Friday, December 7: Updated Bitprint Encoding, New Bitcollider, Bitizen Popularity
- Bitprint encoding now complies with canonical Base32. Also, a period delimiter has been added between the sha1 and tiger tree components of the bitprint.
- Bitcollider 0.3.4 released. This version incorporates the aforementioned bitprint format change and a few minor bug fixes. The output of previous releases is still supported.
- A new statistics page with metrics for bitizen "popularity".
Wednesday, November 7: Two members of the Bitzi team presented
today at the "O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference" in
Rob's hair (look just past halfway down the page) – a conference
plug for which O'Reilly
donated $500 to MusicBrainz!
- Bitzi Founder and CTO Gordon Mohr presented "Bitzi and
Open, Cooperative Metadata" (PPT slides).
- Bitzi Mayhem and Chaos Coordinator Robert Kaye
presented "The MusicBrainz Community Metadata Project".
Sunday, November 4: Bitzi is pinching every penny to make it through
these difficult times for media startups. For more details, see
posting in our general discussion forum.
Thursday, November 1: We've begun experiments with banner ads
and affiliate programs. Expect constant tweaking!
Monday, October 15: Over 300,000 files catalogued!
Tuesday, September 18: A preview version of our freely-reusable
OpenBits database dump, as RDF, is now available!
Saturday, August 24: Second update of the month!
Thursday, August 2: New Bitcollider, Base32 encoding
- File detail display cleaned up. First in a neverending series of
- Minor Bitcollider update. Version 0.3.3
calculates the MD5 hash as supplementary metadata. (Bitzi continues to
of the SHA1 and Tiger Tree hashes. We're now gathering MD5 hashes to
support interoperability with systems that use this weaker identifier).
- One million tags in the catalog!
Tuesday, July 17: Two months' new features!
- Bitprints look a bit different. We've started using Base32 encoding,
which is 20 percent more compact than the Base16 (hex) encoding we were
using. The actual bitprints haven't changed, they're just displayed
differently. Previous versions of the bitcollider that use hex encoding
will continue to work.
- Bitcollider 0.3.2 released. This version
includes a new image plugin that supports JPEG, BMP, and GIF files
(contributed by delirium, thanks!) Also
included are fixes for two crashes: an ID3v2 genre extraction problem,
and submitting files from a compressed NTFS volume. This version now
reports bitprints in base32 and also supports a new command line option
for reading in submissions from a file.
Thursday, May 17: More updates!
- BitSocieties allow focused interest groups to catalog and discuss relevant files.
- Bitizen2Bitizen messaging allows bitizens to contact each other without revealing email addresses. You may compose a message to an arbitrary bitizen or follow the "Send <bitizen> a message" link on a bitizen's home page.
- Updated activity statistics for bitizens, tags, and files.
- Improved catalog peer review: file judgements.
- Passed 1,000 bitizen and 100,000 bitprint marks.
Saturday, April 7: Many updates.
- Site Map and new header & footer navigation aids
- New tag types: "Broadcast Program" and "Relatable TRM" (audio fingerprint)
- Each user can retain a "hotlist" of favorite bitprints and remember
a collection of other "interesting Bitizens"
Monday, March 5: Updated page on OpenBits
to include link to draft
- New look
- Revisions and additions to individual pages
- New versions of the Bitcollider utility, adding a graphical progress
indicator on Windows, the capability to bitprint multiple files at once,
and a plug-in architecture for extending its file-analysis capabilities.
Wednesday, February 28: A new version of the
Bitcollider is available. This one identifies itself (when run with no
arguments) as "Bitcollider/0.2.0 (b1006)", and properly extracts MP3
encoding and ID3 info for its lookup-submissions.