Archive for the ‘video’ Category

another "field recording"; audio/Mac miscellany

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Thursday, Caroline and I traveled to Richardson (heart of the Dallas “telecom corridor”) to see her father and record his bi-weekly gig. I hadn’t done much with the equipment or Cubase since the trip last year. Setting up the equipment and the actual recording seemed to go smoothly, but I should have been better prepared, for monitoring the recording and better framing the video with the camera.


public display of dis-affection: Avistar patents & Microsoft

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

In my experience, most of the substance of patent litigation, and the typical outcome, negotiated settlement, is hidden from the public: attorney-client discussions are privileged, experts are cautioned to be wary of items subject to discovery, settlement negotiations and details are privileged and usually subject to confidentiality agreements.


T.120 – one barrier broken down

Friday, February 29th, 2008

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

Part of why video conferencing got sidetracked in the 1990s were the wasted, ultimately counter-productive, efforts associated with ITU-T Recommendation T.120, “Data protocols for multimedia conferencing”, an ambitious family of specifications, once seemingly essential to the industry, and now disdained.


Mainstream Videoconferencing available again

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Mainstream VideoconferencingMainstream Videoconferencing: A Developer’s Guide to Distance Multimedia, which Joe Duran and I wrote from 1994-96, has been out of print for some time. The publisher has transferred the copyright back to the authors, and we have made a PDF of a lightly edited version available under a Creative Commons license.

Older book material and supplements are available at

I was wrong about Windows, too

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

For the longest time, I’ve avoided learning about Flash. When Flash was becoming popular for animations on web sites, it was mis-used and usually annoying. And all of the Flash-based ads are usually still annoying.