This blog is dedicated (most of the time) to advanced web, semantic web, Web 2.0/3.0, and web media technology.
Today, we look at the wide spectrum of personal web communications infrastructure that more and more of us are supposed to be using to facilitate our professional interactions with others. This includes applications and hardware.
So, to what communications applications do the people we work with expect us to have instant access? (And it better work with no futzing around.) Here are some.
Basic document editing and presentation editing software. I use Apple Pages and Keynote. I use a note application called Evernote. It is both a web app and a desktop app.
Conferencing, desktop sharing, and whiteboard software. I use Skype. If I could rationalize the cost, I would use WebEx. Does anyone know of a cheaper or free application that provides all the functionality of WebEx? Let me know…
Blogging and website posting software. I have WordPress running on my blog server. I use it for teaching purposes. Try my animation site.
Screen and audio capture software, and video/sound editing software to render video and perhaps clean it up a bit. I use Camtasia’s mac product, along with Apple Motion, and Soundsoap. It is no longer sufficient to throw together a few slides and walk into meetings. We prepare complex multimedia presentations and they are accessed online.
And an FTP or WebDAV client for posting content. I use Transmit. It does both.
A domain and hosting service (perhaps through our employer). I use GoDaddy.
And, what about hardware to go along with all this software?
We are finding that entry level hardware is often not good enough. What do we need?
A microphone better than the one embedded in our display.
A camera better than the one embedded in our display, perhaps one with hardware built into it for instant lighting correction and focus, so that the camera software doesn’t drag down our machine.
A multi-core machine that won’t choke under the weight of big applications, and at least one large theatre display, maybe two.
A headset would be nice, too.
And online storage for the big hunks of media we find ourselves generating (again, perhaps through our employer).
And then there are two problems.
Learning to use all this stuff.
Paying for it.
More on this in the next posting.