I would like to introduce a brand new site, sti-media.com, that has been put together to showcase and teach about media based development and design. This is the third tutorials site I have put together in the course of my business and in time will replace fmsguru.com.
When originally starting Solid Thinking Interactive, we also registered the domain sti-media.com. Pretty much up until this week though, nothing was every really done with it other than to create a basic blog that then got turned into the business blog as you see it now. That was years ago and it has been dormant since.
STi Media came back into existence primarily because fmsguru.com has become outdated in both name and purpose. I originally started fmsguru back in 2007 when Flash Media Server was at v2. As I was concentrating a lot of learning materials around Flash Media Server and Flash Media Services, it made sense to grow under the fmsguru branding and it worked really well at the time.
While the site grew in size and community, and due to technology and politics of this technology, more and more into Wowza Media Server based tutorials, it slowly started to make sense to not use fmsguru as the brand to grow the materials under anymore. In time the amount of material to post about dwindled and desire waned due to the narrow focus the name implied as the work being done to teach from didn’t fit.
As our projects have grown beyond a couple of different technologies, and more importantly, platforms, it has become apparent that teaching under a single technology umbrella name isn’t going to work. As my company is called Solid Thinking Interactive, I’m really excited to rebuild a community site under the umbrella of “media” with a simple abbreviation of “STi” before it. Between Flash, HTML, video, Wowza Streaming Engine, Adobe Media Server, streaming, mobile devices with AIR or Xcode or Java, there are just too many technologies and ways of doing things.
I really feel like this site is going to last through time. FMSGuru had a good run with over 6 good years and 80 tutorials and the forum was busy and there have been over 100 thousand views on the tutorials that were up. For something I did in my spare time, that’s a success and I can hope for that and more for the new site.
Anyways, as I post on STi Media, I’ll make sure to point out the tutorials on my twitter account and intermittently here on the blog. Tutorials will be going up in good frequency and I’m really looking forward to growing out even further than I ever have in the past.