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Speaking (virtually) in Sydney tomorrow

April 21st, 2009

I’ll be appearing, via videolink, at a conference at Sydney Trades Hall in Goulburn Street tomorrow (Wednesday 22 April). The conference title is “Crunch Time: Australia’s Policy Future”. Website here and conference program here.

Update: This was the first time I’d used Skype to do a video presentation, and it was something of a challenge. I’d anticipated that I would be able to hear other speakers and questioners, but not see them. In fact, it was the other way round. I could see the speakers, but the sound quality at my end was very poor. I think it was OK the other way. I’ll have to check that aspect of the setup more carefully next time.

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  1. frankis
    April 22nd, 2009 at 09:14 | #1

    Good on you to you and the co-speaker also appearing via videolink, there ought to be much more of it.

  2. frankis
    April 23rd, 2009 at 10:17 | #2

    Re your update, perhaps you were let down by your hosts at their end. Skype is definitely capable of very acceptable videoconferencing! For one, I believe Oprah regularly hosts guest appearances via Skype on her show (I’ve seen one myself and the AV quality was excellent, with a large image).

    Here with just a quality ADSL2 connection optimised for VoIP and UDP QoS etc we achieve excellent – nothing worth complaining about at all – results as long as our counterparty also has the requisite bandwidth and setup.

    We might have paid a few hundred thousand for someone’s “telepresence” system but free Skype, tweaked up a little to provide a couple of different camera angles and a few mic’s, is just brilliant.

  3. wilful
    April 23rd, 2009 at 13:08 | #3

    Need FTTP.

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