Daily Archives: November 19, 2008

Google video chat

I am totally enthusiastic about Google’s new video chat feature. It’s browser-based, with no install other than the CODEC browser plugin. The audio and video quality is outstanding. I’m thinking that this may finally be the catalyst to bring videoconferencing to the masses. I’ve been a proponent of ad hoc video for a long while, but H.323 and SIP clients have a heavy footprint, have issues with NAT/firewall traversal, and have often had a high price point. Apple’s iChat brought great video chat to the Mac community in 2005, but that was not cross platform. Sure, Skype, etc. have offered interoperable video, but not at the quality of the Google offering. Great job, Google!

Planning a conference is hard work!

Well, my wife has been successful in passing along her cold to me…fortunately, I waited until this afternoon until UNC CAUSE 2008 was over to crash! UNC CAUSE is:

“… an organization composed of the management and staff of the information technology based unity of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina. The organization exists for the purpose of promoting and facilitating cooperation, information exchange and technology leverage between the campuses of the UNC System in all areas related to information technology. The activities of this group are recognized, supported and participated in by the UNC General Administration.”

This year it was the turn of 5 schools in the UNC System “central region” to host the conference. I was asked to chair the planning team. We booked the site a year ago. I recruited staff, and we started meeting in the late winter of 2008, planning logistics, program, social events, etc. This year’s event went very well; we had ~350 attendees, plus over 30 vendor corporations as sponsors, with over 100 staff attending as well. Kudos to my great planning team, including representatives from NCCU, NCA&T, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and my institution, UNC-Greensboro.

We had 18 vendor presentations, about 60 campus presentations and numerous Birds-of-a-Feather sessions.

Whew! Now, back to the office tomorrow and try to catch up (assuming I can stop hacking and sneezing).