Links for info and inspiration:

less than 6 hours and we have a small SIG.. I like that..

Anyone interested in meeting this sunday (oct 21) to discuss video documentation of wireless .. uh.. thingies (how-to's infomercials news) or something similar put your name and email down here. Meeting place to be set. the Luckylab or something downtown by where sam lives is good for me.

ColinDabritz -- Sam, I thought there was more interest when I put up the info. I guess wecan present our 'findings' or ideas at the next meeting anyhow. My adress is: 3404 SE 14th ave

Just off the non-downtown side of rossisland bridge. you could bus here really easy, 19 from downtown, get off 2nd stop after the turn after the bridge, walk E 2 blocks. -- Okay Colin, I'll see you at your place between 10-11am Sunday. - Sam

Ramblings by ColinDabritz 12 topics to get people interesting in and informed about wireless community networks..

What is wireless

What is wireless part II

* When? Its hapening now, because prices are droping rapidly, and will become the top last mile solution in the next few years. * How? Thats what were here to tell you, in our informative series

Wireless gear, and neighboorhood networks

Choosing the right wireless equipment

Wireless protocols

Installing Wireless

War driving (pick better name.. :)

Working with the press

How the network works

Wireless and Mobility


The future

Well it got a little thin in spots, but anyone can BS 5 minets of material right? :)

Ramblings by SamChurchill

Here's a tentative outline.

I think we need a script. The best way to create one is to break the topic down. With 12 segments at 5 minutes each, it seems doable. We could use it at trade shows. Even sell it.

What content is necessary? I think an excellent model of structure and content is this article in Extreme Tech (August 29, 2001), an October 10th article in Extreme Tech on Networking Macs, a June 11, 2001 Home Networking Tutorial and Security Issues.

Of course Rob Flickenger, Glenn Fleshman and others have probably produced the definite article respository on Oreilly.

Here's a start.

another of sams emails >Nice outline. Lots of overlap.. :) Anyhow, what do you want in the videos? >I was thinking a nice powerpoint presentation would be easier.

Well, sure, that makes sense.

Do you have sunday free? Maybe we could get together and >brainstorm.

Sure. How about this Sunday?

The other thing I was thinking was monthly episodes. Like >Wireless Week News! or something. All these groups meet monthly, and we could >cover some basics in each 'episode' (20-30 minet episodes?), ..It wouldn't be to hard to just do an episode a month, and then eveyone can >have something cool to show at meetings and stuff. Thats what I thought of >when you started talking about video stuff.

Sure. How about a "Survivor" in a wearcam. We'd do cutaways to her Head mounted display. Maybe tell a story.

We could start theatrical, ala Bob Cringely. We'd be driving down Highway 26 in Hillsboro and say something like...

Hello, my name is XXXX XXXX and I am headed West on Highway 26, about 15 miles outside of Portland, Oregon. On my left is a typical corporate office, one of thousands in the region. I don't know anyone in this office but I can read their mail. A program called Netstumbler, available free on the Internet is recording wireless LAN signals and registering wireless Access Points on my laptop. If I wanted to, I go right through their firewall and raise havoc. I won't, of course, because I'm wearing a white hat today.

My laptop packs a revolutionary punch. The device in it costs under $100 and it's available in every computer store in the country. It's installed in offices world-wide and it may soon come to your neighborhood. It's a wireless lan.

I'm here to explain what it can do for you and how you can use it."

"Marconi's first message over wireless in 1895 was never recorded, but the first wireless message between England and South Africa was. The Marconigram read, "We speak across time and space. . . . May the new power promote peace between all nations".

In 1971, a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message. "The test messages were entirely forgettable, says Tomlinson, "most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar."

My model for a good script is Bob Cringley's Triumph of the Nerds


Hi, I'm Bob Cringely - and I'm here to tell you the incredible story of how personal computers took over the world. Why am I telling you this at a basketball game? Well, I like the game - but mainly it's because of that guy down there. His name is Paul Allen and everything you see here belongs to him -- the Portland Trailblazer's basketball team, their arena, even the dancers. Thanks to personal computers, he has $8 billion to spend on such toys. Twenty years ago Allen and his high school friend, Bill Gates, were running a two-man software company called Microsoft. Today Allen is richer than God and Gates is richer than Allen. Twenty years ago, young men like Paul Allen and Bill Gates invented the personal computer and in doing so launched a revolution that's changed the way we live, work and communicate. It's hard to believe that twenty years ago there were no personal computers, now it's the third largest industry in the world, somewhere between energy production and illegal drugs but the most amazing thing of all is that it happened by accident because a bunch of disenfranchised nerds wanted to impress their friends. This is the story of how a handful of guys launched an industrial revolution. How they changed the culture of business, how they made history....

--- Thanks, Colin. I think we're trying to edit this simultaneously :)

Here's some inspiration


The Wolf, Philadelphia and Japanese Garden


Demo #1 and

Demo #2


RealSystem Server 8.0 Basic is free and can stream 25 users. It will time out after 12 months

The following production programs are free. The ones that cost money have a few more features but are nearly the same as the freebies (without a manual or CD). But you can download the program, burn a CD and print out the manual. Big deal.

1) Real Producer Basic: (the software that stores video as Real Video streams)

2) Real Presenter Basic: (streams Power Point presentations )

3) Real Slide Show Basic: (Creates audio/video slide shows)

Microsoft Windows Media includes Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which is best used for real-time capture and streaming of audio and video content. For converting existing video files (for example, .avi files) to Microsoft Windows Media Format, you should use the Microsoft Windows Media 8 Encoding Utility instead. It supports two-pass and true variable rate encoding for content that will be downloaded and played locally.

Microsoft will soon haveMicrosoft Producer, to capture, synchronize, and publish audio, video, slides and images that can be viewed on-demand, in the browser. It requires the XP operating system and Explorer 5.5. Microsoft Producer supports capture from any DirectShow supported capture device including a video camera, Beta SP, or VHS. Archived Chats and Chat Transcripts are also available.

Here's how to get Windows Media Encoder ready to encode live video signals:

Of course there's OpenOffice 6.0 which creates Power Point presentations. That would be good to flesh out the content and graphics. For alternative video presentations, DiVx (for MPEG-4) as well as Windows Media could be used. A disadvantage of Windows Media and MPEG-4 is the lack of good, free production tools.


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