Re: Fwd: Help! I got what I asked for


From: Roger Stryker <regor@tenet.edu>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Help! I got what I asked for
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 1996 08:27:26 -0500 (CDT)


On Mon, 2 Sep 1996 SixCooks@aol.com wrote:

> Dear Advocates:
> I sent in a proposal to my district and shock, shock! it was accepted. They
> agreed to wire my classroom and supply a new Compaq computer. They want a

Just some thoughts - if someone else is picking up the tab for your
implementation, you'll be happier with something better than a Connectix
Camera - Connectix can be connected through a serial port without the need
for video capability, therein one aspect of its value. It's also
relatively inexpensive.

A more ideal situation would be to begin with a video capable machine and
attach one of those color "goose-necked" cameras like the Canon Vizcam
1000. I'm a Mac person and so am not familiar with the PC side, but I did
a field test of that camera and really liked it. (It was a bit on the
expensive side, but you can do a lot with these kinds of camera beyond
CU-SeeMe.) It's a long story, but now we have a Flexcam from Videolabs -
I'm very happy with it as well. 

With a video capable machine you could even use a regular video camera. My
family's little 8mm video camera works great on the school's Mac 660AV as
well as my Mac 5200 at home. 

> tv hook-up for screen display?

Sounds to me like you could just get your local cable company to come out
- the cable you can buy at a Radio Shack. These days I'd check out
Direct-TV or some other dish-based provider - I think Radio Shack
even handles something similar. 

Nothing coming from this address is guaranteed to be truth or wisdom - just 
offering some thoughts. Have a good time shopping.

Roger