Monday, 8 October 2007

you stream, i tube, we pod....hmm

Well, the simple, open access video streaming service is continuing to spread across many websites , judging by some recent surfing. I have to say that the quality of streams that I've tapped into hasn't always been great, but it is free and very easy to use. Essentially built on Flash and similar to a service we already have within NUIG ("virtual meeting rooms"), ustream let's anyone set up a live link between their PC and webcam to anyone who chooses to watch/listen. Passwords can be set for restricted access or broadcasts can be public. Some of the better examples online at the moment have been associated with conference keynote presentations, etc. Gordon Moore, of Intel and Moore's law fame provides an example here. Interestingly, ustream is now also available as an application within facebook. So to paraphrase the BBC's motto: geek shall speak unto geek!

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