[plug] PLUG Meeting this week - Tues 7:30pm.

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 23:55:20 WST 2011

On 12/04/2011, Peter <demo9 at gswd.com> wrote:
> On 10/04/11 12:09, James Bromberger wrote:
>>   This week's meeting in Katanning!
>> With the advent of a live stream, comes our first regional gathering
>> in Katanning. Anyone within travelling distance of Katanning is
>> welcome to join Peter Taekema at Great Southern Computer Services to
>> try and watch the video stream and chat about .. well, anything...
>> from 7pm onwards at 96 Clive Street, Katanning (08 9821 7306). There's
>> a pizza shop next door so you'll be able to get in the spirit! :)
>> PLUG is very open to anyone else outside of the metro area who also
>> want to hold a mini-PLUG get together to also try and watch the stream
>> (again, if it works!! :) ) and chat with other like-minded people
>> around them. We're conscious that we're a big state, and not everyone
>> can make it into Perth for a PLUG meeting; if you're in another region
>> and would like to welcome others to discuss/debate/(dis)agree on Linux
>> & Open Source then let us know and you can host a regional gathering
>> of PLUG.
> Thanks for an excellent first 'Virtual meeting' guys.  Can't say I'm an
> expert in .... whatever the guy in the yellow shirt was on about (sorry
> Harry) but Jim and I enjoyed the company and the pizza.
> Now that the first few kinks have been ironed out, it should be even
> better next time.
> There will be pizza and hopefully even more good company in Katanning in
> a few weeks time.
> Thanks AV team.... and everyone else.
> Cheers,
> Peter

Me missus and me, also watched it here, across the 'net, and we were impressed.

We encountered background noise (from downstairs at the UCC?) that
drowned out alot of what Harry was saying, for a while (it sounded
like an ongoing fight or something, in the background), then it
appeared to be filtered out (somewhere around 8:o'clock, I think). I
assume that the background noise was filtered out, when it was put
through the MacBook? (I heard it said, at the end, that a MacBook had
been used partway through)

The video image appeared to be 360x288 resolution (what was the camera
used?), and, when the picture was just of Harry sitting at the
desk/table, with the paraphenalia, the image looked fairly good. Was
any extra lighting used, in additional to the normal light in the

One thing - in using the totem Movie Player, when I tried to take the
totem window to full screen, the application crashed, each time that I
tried. I have not encountered this before, with watching videoclips on
the 'net.  Is that problem due to the video being live streaming
video? It was running here  on Ubuntu 10.04, running on a portable
(large "laptop") computer, with a 17" LCD screen (a proper screen, not
a "widescreen").

This was the first time that I have watched live streaming video on a
computer, that I remember, and we were both impressed, and look
forward to more in the future.

Thank you for the broadcast.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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