Ever feel like you came to the party late? Me, too. Anyway, I missed this video when it debuted last summer before BbWorld Boston. Probably because I was busy settling in here at UK. A “shameless plug” for the conference, it will make you smile – or laugh out loud – if you’ve spent any time at all in SL. Watch Adventures in First Life Redux.
Audacity is a very useful free tool for recording, whether you are creating podcasts by recording directly to your computer or, as I am this evening, providing tech support to a child’s research project presentation. I know professional producers, professors and everyday folk who use it. Here’s where to download it: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Some support resources for using Audacity:
- Audacity wiki
- Audacity documentation
- Linux.com article
- BGSU pdf
- Search YouTube for video demonstrations
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday, whenever it begins for you this week. technology180 will take a break this week, but I’ll leave you with some video from University of Kentucky’s TASC AV: http://www.youtube.com/user/ukyav
On that YouTube page you will find, so far, the following clips: Marantz digital audio recorder demo, UK “Smart Cart” demo, and DVD recorder demo. Learn how; TASC AV shows you.
This is fun for Friday. Ze Frank rose to fame with a viral video on how to dance properly. Here’s his blog: http://www.zefrank.com/. Here’s his presentation for TED in 2004: if you can make it through his opening and the “dance” video clip, his “What’s So Funny About the Web” presentation has moments of greatness.
Remember rabbit ears? On the television I mean. Actually, I’m sitting here looking at a pair right now. I’m sure there are others of you who have one or more sets that depend upon over-the-air broadcast signals. If so, then you need to understand the significance of this date: Feb. 17, 2009. That is the last day that broadcasters may air programming via an analog signal. On Feb. 18, 2009, all broadcasts must be in digital format. Ah, you think, but they are already airing digital programming. Yes, that’s right, they are. The date to provide a digital signal has come and gone with little fanfare among anyone but those in the television industry. But until 2/17/09, those stations must also provide an analog signal to ensure they are providing a usable signal to the largest possible audience. On 2/18/09, the analog television signals are going away.
What does that mean to you on a personal level? It means as of February 2009 if you are getting your television over the air, you’ll need either a television with a built-in digital tuner or you’ll need a digital converter box for your older analog TV. If you get your TV via cable, you will likely not notice a change … there may be a few quirks or changed channels, but cable will probably absorb the impact for you. It’s likely the cable company will convert digital signals for their customers with analog televisions. For how long? Who knows. My recommendation is that if you could use a new TV, look for a digital TV. Within the digital TV category, you can then go for standard definition or high definition. Be aware that not every HDTV (high definition television) has a built-in digital tuner (which you need only if you want to get the over-the-air signals; you don’t necessarily need it for cable).
What does this mean for you at University of Kentucky? If you have a cable connection that you use in your building, classroom or office, you will continue to receive UK’s cable television channels.
If you are in the market for a television right now, avoid those sets that have signs that say “attention: this television receives only analog transmissions” or some such. Instead, look for these initials: ATSC (digital tuner), ATSC/NTSC (digital tuner plus analog tuner – the best of both worlds … for now), QAM (pronounced “quam,” will pick up unscrambled free cable programming); ATSC/NTSC/QAM (gets it all, baby). Also, keep in mind that digital does not equal high-def. But, trust me, over-the-air digital looks great even on a standard def TV.
- The government explains it all for you. No, really.
- KET‘s digital guide
- A nice overview that includes digital radio
Here are some video clips about how universities are using Second Life. An interesting look at different perspectives of how to use the virtual real estate.
- Ohio University
- Santa Clara University (interesting and a touch of humor)
- Texas State University
- Boise State University
We’ve been in the “queue” for about 15 days, and Wednesday the University of KY Island in SL was “delivered.” Can’t wait to, um, hmm … open it? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you want to read up on some educational uses of Second Life, try this link: http://sleducation.wikispaces.com/educationaluses.