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    Thumbs up Virtual Badminton Coach will be launched on 19-April-2013

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    Just received news that Virtual Badminton Coach will be launched on 19-April-2013.

    Have a guess who will be coaching.

    Here is the link: http://bestoncourt.com/ContentId/217/Default.aspx
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    Whoa... PG is expanding his online coaching series!

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    they've been planning this for a long time.

    http://www.facebook.com/BestOnCourt

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    yeah, i can't wait, it's awesome to see that there is a next phase in a pro badminton's career after retiring from just playing, and that it is not the end. of course from what i can see in the US, a lot of "smart" athletes do have some kind of investments. but with PG, it is absolutely wonderful to see that even after entertaining us for 10+ years as a player, he will still continue to contribute to the badminton community.

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    Smile There are already 15,778 people who have clicked 'like' today

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    they've been planning this for a long time.

    http://www.facebook.com/BestOnCourt
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    Yes, that's another link directing us there.

    According to facebook, there are already 15,778 people (today) who have clicked 'like' when there are still 51 days before we find out what video exercises & the development tools will be shown.
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    Looking forward to it , seems like an interesting approach to a new level of coaching

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris-ccc View Post
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    Yes, that's another link directing us there.

    According to facebook, there are already 15,778 people (today) who have clicked 'like' when there are still 51 days before we find out what video exercises & the development tools will be shown.
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    It will be all of the videos and exercises that have been available for years. The new bits are the apps and 'coaches' etc.

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    I am looking forward to seeing this too. After all, coaches still learn from other coaches and players!

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    Hello everybody.

    First of all we are so happy to see that everybody is ready for Virtual Badminton Coach :-)
    We can tell you all that we will add 100 new and cool videos, and they will all be free from the 19th of April.

    Next we want to share this facebook event where you all can see the first screenshots of Virtual Badminton Coach: http://www.facebook.com/events/452717531410720/

    Last, thank you all so much for spreading the word :-)
    Best from us at BestOnCourt
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    Wow this looks really amazing! Am eagerly looking forward to its launch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachEngholm View Post
    Hello everybody.

    First of all we are so happy to see that everybody is ready for Virtual Badminton Coach :-)

    We can tell you all that we will add 100 new and cool videos, and they will all be free from the 19th of April.

    Next we want to share this facebook event where you all can see the first screenshots of Virtual Badminton Coach: http://www.facebook.com/events/452717531410720/

    Last, thank you all so much for spreading the word :-)
    Best from us at BestOnCourt
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    Thanking CoachEngholm for explaining to us about what we are expecting to find when Virtual Badminton Coach gets started.

    Because some of our BCers are not using facebook, perhaps BCers can also post/comment about Virtual Badminton Coach when it gets started.
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    Thumbs up Only 10 more days to go

    Quote Originally Posted by chris-ccc View Post
    Just received news that Virtual Badminton Coach will be launched on 19-April-2013.

    Have a guess who will be coaching.

    Here is the link: http://bestoncourt.com/ContentId/217/Default.aspx
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    Only 10 more days to go.

    Hope that everything (as planned) is on schedule.

    Some of my trainees (including myself) are waiting impatiently for their 1st coaching info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachEngholm View Post
    Hello everybody.

    First of all we are so happy to see that everybody is ready for Virtual Badminton Coach :-)
    We can tell you all that we will add 100 new and cool videos, and they will all be free from the 19th of April.

    Next we want to share this facebook event where you all can see the first screenshots of Virtual Badminton Coach: http://www.facebook.com/events/452717531410720/

    Last, thank you all so much for spreading the word :-)
    Best from us at BestOnCourt
    There does not seem to be 100 new exercises on the site. I've subscribed as it doesn't cost much, although it appears that you get free access to all the videos so I'm not sure how much value there is in the subscription - it enables some extra menus but there isn't much functionality in most of them - just note keeping and personal evaluation. One of the menus does seem to allow direct communication with your coach when/if they sign up.

    bad things - they are a plain text offender. How do I know? They send you your password in plain text in an email - very poor form!

    To get connected with your coach you need to know their email address instead of some user name. This is pretty bad as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amleto View Post
    There does not seem to be 100 new exercises on the site. I've subscribed as it doesn't cost much, although it appears that you get free access to all the videos so I'm not sure how much value there is in the subscription - it enables some extra menus but there isn't much functionality in most of them - just note keeping and personal evaluation. One of the menus does seem to allow direct communication with your coach when/if they sign up.

    bad things - they are a plain text offender. How do I know? They send you your password in plain text in an email - very poor form!

    To get connected with your coach you need to know their email address instead of some user name. This is pretty bad as well.
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    Although I haven't found time to follow what has been added in "Virtual Badminton Coach”, thank you for your comment. I am also interested in other BCers comments yet to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amleto View Post
    bad things - they are a plain text offender. How do I know? They send you your password in plain text in an email - very poor form!
    Yeah, I noticed this as well. I always registered with a random password to check for this kind of thing.
    At least when you did the "forgot your password", they reset it to a random password.
    Video quality also is not too great and not too bad. Playback button and navigation can also be improved a bit. That's it for the technical and non-badminton related things.

    For the content, I loved how they have lots of them on initial release. I have not subscribed yet as I don't see any need of it presently. I might subscribe later considering it doesn't cost a lot.

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    Here are my feedback:

    I was waiting for this website and signed up first thing today morning. I was very surprised by the website sending my password in plain text in my email. so they are basically not encrypting the password using hash and salt algorithm or they are encrypting the password after sending the password via the email. Maybe it was the requirements and not lack of technical capability. So I will give the benefit of the doubt about the website security and still hope it is secure website.

    I was looking forward to new videos but I didn't find that many. Although the subscription benefit is limited but for under €3 a month its not bad. I don't have a coach; so there is no feature to search for coach and add one. I want a coach there; how do i get one?

    Although the videos are grouped into categories like Racket Technique, Footwork etc. I have no idea where to start. Do I start from my grip, physical fitness, footwork, racket technique and work my way through levels? There must be some sort of structure. I would like to be a good standard club player; so where do I start to be a good club player?

    I think the website is good but it could have been a whole lot better and hope it gets much much better.

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    I haven't had a chance to look at this yet, but I'd like to bring some pragmatism to the discussion of password security:

    You should not expect badminton coaches to be experts on website security. They almost certainly just hired some developers, and probably on a tight budget.

    Security is fundamentally about trust, not technology. Do not trust a random website with sensitive passwords. That is foolish. Your bank account password should be different from your Badminton Central password!

    A practical approach is to use one password for all "disposable" logins. For example, my BC password is the same as on other forums. This doesn't matter, because if someone cracks my BC account I don't care that much.

    If someone cracks my bank account or email, that's a serious problem. So passwords for these websites should be unique. Even better, add two-step authentication if you can -- this is vastly more secure than relying on just a password.

    I'm not condoning the practice of sending / storing plain-text passwords. My own coaching website hashes them, and uses temporary passwords for resets; but I made the website myself, and I'm more geeky than the average coach. Nevertheless, there is little point moaning about insecure websites. There will always be insecure websites, but you can fix the problem permanently by brushing up your own practices.
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