Thursday, September 11, 2008

Last Nights FDLLUG Meeting in Review

Here is a list of things from last night to review, if I miss anything
feel free to let me know. Thanks to everybody who helped.

  1. MPTC blocks IRC, work a rounds were needed to join the "fail safe" channel.
  2. MPTC wireless issues, most of use had issues joining the network/getting an IP. Once on the network with an IP things were ok.
  3. Streaming video over EVDO Rev A. isn't to bad. (Sprint)
  4. Group audio is an issue. (headsets would help)
  5. I want a better camera
  6. DimDim might work best for whiteboard, and maybe presentations, audio and video kinda lacking yet. Only the presenter can stream a small video. Limit to 3 Audio mics and seemed laggy.
  7. Stickam had decent video and audio for a presenter, might be one of the best options to stream video.
  8. Adobe Breeze was kinda neat, was the best "shared" video experience We got 4 streams going at once everybody had the same size video window. Audio was also decent. Sharing docs was better in DimDim.
  9. I should get a headset with a mic built in.
  10. Learned a bunch about the touchscreen thingy that controls the room. It is east to use but we still don't know everything.
  11. Having more than one internet connection was nice when we started loading on the video.
  12. We could have used more time and been more prepared.

Other thoughts and ideas.
  • I had an idea that might be good to try. We have two projectors that can be hooked to two different computers, for presentations coming from a remote source we could combo a shared presentation on google docs on one screen and a stickam session showing video of the presenter with audio on the other.
  • More research about what we can do at MPTC with what the room is equipped with might help.
  • Maybe look at Talkshoe for audio, didn't have time for this last night.
  • Look for other video options. I'm sure there are other options that might have andvantages.
  • It would be nice to figure out how to record the audio/video for later distribution via a podcast.

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