What if the book wasn't a book anymore

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 01:26:51 PST 2008

2008/2/28, J. Greenlees <lists at jaqui-greenlees.net>:
> Ok, how about something completely different then, go multimedia in a
>  lot of the presentation of information.
>  recordmydesktop, and the gtk interface for it will create ogg video
>  clips of what you are doing on your desktop, with audio track for
>  describing it verbally. A 20 Minute clip of installing PCLinuxOS is 25.7
>  MB, 5 fps and 33% audio video quality settings in the recording, looks
>  and sounds just fine, you can even hear keystrokes used during the
>  recording.

And that costs $5 here to download.

>  Use these to fill the website with what each application is used for,
>  why it's configured the way it is to help draw more people to the
>  project as well. It seems most people want their "learning" to be
>  through video, with sites like http://showmedo.com/ being a prime example.

Correct, that's a way to deliver information. It does work for a
single author. However, here you are wandering into the unexplored
territory of collaborated video editing.

>  This type of presentation would draw a lot more people who have never
>  looked at linux though, so the Theora Vorbis-ogg video format is
>  problematical if they only have windows. Miro media player works on all
>  platforms and handles it fine for them ;)

Also this means that we would automatically lose blind people from the audience.

(sorry if I sound too critical about every new proposal--just don't
take it too seriously, the current situation is also not ideal)

Alexander E. Patrakov

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