Confreaks on Kodi HTPC

July 3, 2015

If you have an HTPC, then why not check out the Kodi Confreaks addon for a more convenient way to catch up on all the latest Confreaks content. Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls.

With Kodi installed, follow the addon installation instructions to enjoy all your favorite conferences from the comfort of your sofa.

Thanks to Howard Wilson for this addon – contributions are welcome, and if you have problems please open an issue on Github.

New website and the launch of

February 9, 2015

I am happy to announce we have launched two new websites.

Historically has been the website where videos produced by Confreaks, LLC were posted.  In 2012 we started aggregating videos from other conferences that were not recorded and produced by Confreaks, LLC.  As our business has grown we realized that there are actually two distinct properties behind

In recognition of these two properties we have now separated them.  All the videos that we produce and are released to the public, plus other conference videos are aggregated and can now be viewed at Confreaks.TV. becomes a business and marketing site for Confreaks, LLC to inform and educate potential clients about what Confreaks, LLC provides.

Now what about seven years worth of links?  We have spent a lot of time building our redirect system so that the links that we have published and have been indexed will deliver an appropriate permanent redirect.  If you find failures, please tweet or email us with the original URL and we’ll add it to our exceptions processing.

Confreaks.TV adds some new basic features:

  • Provide a list of videos you’ve visited (soon we’ll add details as to whether you watched them, or watched part of them)
  • You can favorite videos (and soon share your favorites list)
  • You can tag videos to help others find them more easily.
  • Improved search functionality.

We look forward to your feedback on the launch of our two new sites!

New logo is the start of many new changes…

September 6, 2014

It has been entirely too long since I posted anything at all on the Confreaks blog.

As you’ve noticed we’ve changed our logo and icon from the previous “mic” to our new “talking head”.


our previous “mic” icon

Although this mic has served us well, it has been in use since we started Confreaks in 2007 and it is time for a change.


the new “talking head” icon

Our new “talking head” icon gives us a lot more options for communicating the Confreaks brand, we’ll be rolling some stickers for the first time at Ruby Conf 2014 in San Diego, and may even have a few t-shirts around, if you’re willing to tell the world (view a video of course) how Confreaks has impacted your life as a developer.

I’ll update the header of the blog as soon as I dig back into my wordpress template and recall how exactly to make that happen!

As for other changes we’ll be doing our first recording with a new 4K camera in the near future, don’t expect to see  us releasing 4k video just yet, we need to figure out our revised workflow and decide how best to utilize this new capability, but look forward to some changes and/or additional options in 2014.

Another feature we’ve started to provide is a photo story – see for our first one, let’s know what you think.

Thanks again for your many views, compliments, and input over the years!


Posted Video Quality

May 17, 2013

We’ve been having a new issue with some of our post production videos (or it was some during processing LA Ruby Conf) where a little bit of pixelation crept in here and there in the video.

For the Ruby on Ales videos the posted videos where of unusable quality once uploaded, they look great locally.  So we are researching the cause.  In the mean time we have taking all of the ROA videos off line.

I believe we are on track for a solution here, we have published Brian Cardarella’s talk from RailsConf 2013 via YouTube only at the moment, and watch it from beginning to end before and after it’s uploaded.  So it looks good, please provide feedback on youtube if you see issues in the quality of the video and note the time where you first noticed.

Sorry for this fail, we are diligently working through, and will do a write up once we’ve gotten through to help others who may hit similar issues with their videos.



View Counts

April 5, 2013

If you look at the Home Page of the site, you’ll notice that the top videos based on views have been reset.

This is a temporary fix to a database issue that came up earlier this week.  We are currently recording events in Salt Lake City – Mountain West Ruby Conference, and Kansas City, MO – Ruby MidWest.  We’ll address the view count issue in the future, for now we have a backup of the history data prior to 4/3 and are now collecting fresh data for 4/4 and beyond.  We’ll merge this data eventually.