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Is this your professor? October 14, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in video, YouTube.
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This video, “The Zany Professor,” has more that 269,000 viewings on YouTube as of this posting. The comments associated with it are brutal. But, who knows what’s happening here? The professor might be a diabetic having an extreme blood sugar low.

Note: YouTube recently removed this  video at the request of copyright owner University of Florida because its content was used without permission (11/6/06).

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Skype – Free Phone Calls & Video Conferencing October 13, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Phone calls, video, web 2.0.
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Skype is amazing. Use it to make phone calls, video conference or instant message – all for free. Of course, you can purchase additional services; they have to make money somehow. These premium offerings allow you to make and receiving calls to and from landlines and mobile phones and provide voicemail and call forwarding services.

A friend of mine is in China. This morning, when I turned on my computer, I checked my Skype account and was surprised to see that he was available. Thinking that bandwidth might be an issue, I used Skype’s instant messaging feature to contact him. He replyed by initiating a video call. Within seconds, we had a video connection and I was talking face to face with my friend halfway across the world. Like I said – amazing!

Check it out at skype.com.

Skype does have some shortcomings. It can’t completely replace your phone, for example, because it can’t be uses to contact 911 services.

YouTube For Sale? October 7, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in video, YouTube.
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Today’s several sources, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting that Google is in talks to acquire YouTube. An offer of $1.6 billion is apparently on the table, even though the video sharing service is not yet turning a profit. It’s another example of the big media companies gobbling up the best of the Web 2.0 applications. It follows on News Corporation’s recent purchase of MySpace.

The Times report is at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/06/business/07youtubecnd.html?hp&ex=1160193600&en=eb421a8478660f0b&ei=5094&partner=homepage

A BBC report is at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5414432.stm