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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 30, 2008 / 25 Iyar 5768

Getting out of a jam — digitally

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "When I make a mistake," the late New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia reportedly exclaimed during an administrative calamity, "it's a beaut!" My "beaut" is staring me in the face: I'm supposed to be somewhere distant this week for a presentation, and I don't know if I can swing the trip. At the other end, there are a few dozen people waiting to hear what I have to say.


What to do?


Technology might yet "save the day" for me: it turns out that there are numerous ways to record and/or transmit the presentation that I'm supposed to give over there, while remaining here.


The first was suggested by my friend David Coursey, a veteran tech journalist, who believes my answer might be found in GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar . These are online services hosted by Citrix, a Florida firm specializing in remote-access technologies, primarily for Windows-based computers. Mac users can participate in the online sessions, but not host them, the firm's Website states.


The idea is to assemble a small or large group that can log in via an Internet connection, generally something faster than a 56 Kbps dial-up modem. Using a Web browser and a downloadable plug-in, you're connected, securely to a group that you or the presenter has organized; slides can be shown and ideas shared visually. You can either "chat" via the keyboard or call in to a conference call number and speak at the same time that the onscreen presentation is shown.


Pricing starts at $49 a month for GoToMeeting, which can handle up to 15 participants at a clip. Larger groups require the GoToWebinar service, at $99 per month, for up to 1,000 participants. More details can be found at www.citrixonline.com.


The biggest downside that I see from this is an inability to incorporate a video stream in the service; something the firm's documentation concedes is "still" not available. One can hope this will change in the future.


The Citrix services will let you record your meeting for replay at another time, using Windows Media technology, something that allows you to incorporate audio narration. Such recordings can usually be viewed on all platforms.


Another approach would be to record my presentation as a "podcast," using any of the many programs available for Windows or Mac users. On the Mac side, I'm a huge fan of Apple's Garage Band, part of the $79 iLife application suite. Use the built-in video camera on most current Macs, either the internal microphone or the Blue Microphones $99 "Snowball" mic, and you're good to go. Not long ago, I used just this setup to record a video narration for a business film and the producers were quite pleased.


The Mac offers at least two other options that might work well: one is iChat , the text and voice/video conferencing software built into the OS X operating software. The latest version lets you show a slide presentation alongside your video image, and since it's interactive, you could conceivably get questions from your audience in real time.


Another intriguing option is ScreenFlow, a $99 program from Vara Software in London (www.varasoftware.com). This program, which my colleague Adam Engst of TidBITS newsletter suggested, will record both everything you do on screen and a video/audio narration. You can show the two side-by-side, edited so that the slides are visible along with your video.


The program lets you export the recordings as a QuickTime movie, again playable on almost every computer platform, as well as the YouTube service. The firm also makes software for "webcasting" that can handle larger creations using stand-alone video cameras, including HD quality.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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