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OK so thanks to Scott I now have in my possession the Joost install – downloaded it and went to install. I’ll say this – the install routine could have been a little cleaner. There was a progress bar while installing and then suddenly the whole install window went away and I waited….nothing and then the whole screen is engulfed in the Joost login screen prompting me to login to the site. I goofed and typed the wrong password in the first time before I remembered a capitalization issue and got it right the second time.

 

Once I put in the correct password I was greeted by some dancing shapes on the big black screen – this was quite a long pause so once the main screen did come up I exited the application and fired up a protocol analyzer to see what’s going across the wire during this long pause. One thing that was interesting to see is that the Joost client caches your password because when I fired up Joost the second time it just went to “Checking your password” and logged me in (to the tune of more dancing shapes)

 

Watching the protocol analyzer screen during the login/dancing shapes phase of the program launch I saw a spike in TCP traffic which I took a closer look at once I got back to the login screen. Out of 291 packets of TCP data, 61 packets were secured using TLS which was comforting in some ways – whatever data Joost was sending over to the multitude (6 different hosts) of Joost servers was encrypted, but at the same time I have no idea what that data was so it was a mixed feeling ;)

 

One interesting note – not sure if this was an isolated incident or not (I only just started experimenting with Joost today), but there were a surprising number of malformed packets reported during that exchange. It could be due to network conditions at my location, at the target location or it could be software related as well. I worked with a firmware developer in the past who had malformed SSL packets streaming out of their box that caused me a lot of grief until I was able to show a protocol analysis to them detailing the errors in their packets. I’ll try this again later and from a different location to see if the results are any different.

 

Here are some neat things I liked so far – basically User Experience (UX) stuff, but I thought worth mentioning…when you first start the program you get a screen that looks like a movie release screen…and when you close the program you get the small grey closing “dot” like on older tube television sets…I especially got a kick out of the closing since I figured there was some developer back at Joost who decided that would be a fun little thing to add and did it.

 

Unfortunately due to other issues that came up I wasn’t able to play with Joost much further yet…hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to do some more with it.

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2007 7:11 PM Software Reviews | Back to top


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Any chance you spread the love and send me an invitation to use the beta version? send request to robscutt@hotmail.com. Thanks loads
Left by rob scutt on Apr 04, 2007 8:16 AM

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hi....i know this might sound a bit strange but.....i'm looking for a joost invitation for a long time...if u could send me one it will be great....thanx....mesnikos@otenet.gr
Left by GrPoseidon on Apr 11, 2007 10:26 AM

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I wouldn't mind an invite, too. :) Yes, that's my honest e-mail address.
Left by Dustin on Apr 19, 2007 4:28 PM

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hii...

can you please send me an invitation to JOOST..

I was very interested in that...
waiting 4ur reply.

Murali
Left by Murali on Apr 20, 2007 5:14 AM

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hi.. The joost video streaming p2p system has me utterly intrigued (as a games developer), I would really appreciate an invite also :) .. if possible (completely understand if you don't though).
Left by David Lannan on Apr 25, 2007 1:46 PM

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it was nice to see the first intelligently written piece about joost after a did a search for it after it came up on one of my rss feeds. I must have spent about 30 minutes reading about the business model this and the business model that or wading through blogs of streams of people asking for invites.

At last I found a blog with someone who has used it and wants to share first impressions.

Thankyou.
Left by jon on May 01, 2007 12:43 PM

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Hi !

Im a reviewer for a magazine in the Philippines.

Hope you could send me an invite ! Would like to try this pontentially great thing !

albert.antig@gmail.com

thanks
Albert
Left by Albert Antig on May 01, 2007 7:15 PM

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Could i get a password for Joost? I am a codec geek. I want to take a look at this stuff. I will send you an invite back if you want.

troy.gallant@gmail.com
Left by Troy on May 02, 2007 6:53 PM

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I'd love a Joost Inite

paul(dot)dzurec(at)GMAIL(dot)com
Left by Paul Dzurec on May 06, 2007 4:14 PM

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Can you send me joost invitation

akamai(dot)domain(at)gmail

Thanks
Left by akami on May 06, 2007 7:32 PM

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Hi Everyone,

Have been waiting quite a bit to see what the two Skype-founders could come up with next. As soon as I heard about their internet TV plans I thrilled. Could someone come along and revolutionize this industry too, surely if anyone it should be these two??

Well, in all essence that is what I want to find out, however I havn't obtained a password yet, which allows me to enter the site.

Therefore I would be very happy if anyone would be kind enough to send me an invite at Johnsendenmark(Add)yahoo(dot)com.

Since they took our youtube.com away in Thailand(why ohh, why), where I am currently studying, it has been hard following new online devellopments at peak.

Hope you can help out, Thank you very much.

Best Regards

Danish Guy Anders
Left by Anders Johnsen on May 09, 2007 7:33 AM

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please mi password
Left by kaszy on May 09, 2007 4:13 PM

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i like an invitation for joost
thanks a lot
Left by kostas greece on May 24, 2007 6:54 PM

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I would like to be invited to Joost. Please send me and invite?? Pretty Please...
Left by Win on May 28, 2007 9:00 PM

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Someone could give me invite???
Left by robert on Jul 05, 2007 8:06 AM

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I've been waiting for something like this forever!!! Could I please get an invite?

phoang(at)ucalgary(dot)ca
Left by Zen on Sep 05, 2007 10:34 PM

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Hi,
I have just installed Jooost and wanted to test drive it, but I found that running it under an unprivileged user account the program says "Unable to create engine." and offers no other option but to close joost.

I think I should mention that I installed Joost while logged in as the system administrator, and tried to run it as a normal ("limited" in XP-speak) user.

I think a software like Joost should play well with limited user accounts because running a highly networked piece of closed software like that as system administrator is not wise to say the least.

I'm surprised by this behaviour.
Am I'm missing something obvious ? I hope so.

Thanks in advance for you time.
Left by Marcello Romani on Oct 07, 2007 9:14 AM

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I too am havin trouble running Joost on a normal account in XP. I installed it as an administrator and I can run it in an administrator account, but not in a regular user account. So, I have no reasonable way of using it till I figure this out.
Left by Wilhelm Sarasalo on Aug 10, 2008 3:35 AM

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I would like to be invited to Joost. Please send me and invite?? Pretty Please...
Left by rufion on Jan 10, 2009 2:47 PM

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