Out on a Lim!
I've mentioned buddy Janine Lim's wonderful Videoconferencing Out on a Lim! blog before, and now there's a link in the sidebar here, but you may want to check it out anew since she recently migrated all her content to WordPress, with a nice clean look and ever-increasing valuable content. And I'd add that mutual friend Dan Gross in Wisconsin has done some wonderful innovating with his own IVC site. The info-share just keeps getting better and better!
I also like the fact that Janine posted a (rather desheveled, however) pic of me visiting with her and mutual pal Elaine Shuck via Festoon, which I've also mentioned before. Take a look at the program again, though, pardners, since it seems to be much improved since my earlier post, and it works not only with Skype but also with GoogleTalk. Janine says that it can handle as many as 200 concurrent connections in multipoint connections (assuming, of course, that the parties' bandwidth could do so!). As she notes, it may not be the solution for schools yet, since its peer-to-peer functionality may impose unacceptably high drain on typically bandwidth-taxed school networks. But these folks are working, and working hard, so keep checking back wi' it.
I also want to remind you here that I'm hosting two weekly podcasts, Snacks4theBrain! from the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach and TechTipTuesday from the University School of Nashville teacher tech support team. Check those out, ya'll!!!