“Every once in a while you get a taste of what the Internet would be like if it were left to a few private enterprises. One glaring example is the deplorable state of instant messaging , which, in part because of balkanization, has failed to reach the level of popularity enjoyed by plain old e-mail. Another is the paucity of high-speed DSL and cable Internet connections, which demonstrates how major service providers create islands of connectivity. It seems that private enterprises, left to their own devices, have a tough time supporting the ubiquitous and open connectivity that has been the hallmark of the government-funded Internet throughout its 30-year history,” writes Tiernan Ray for E-Commerce Times.
Ray writes, “Chat’s ruinous state is particularly unfortunate, for it threatens to set back promising initiatives that might use this technology as a foundation. In particular, lack of ubiquity in instant messaging could hobble Apple Computer’s latest breakthrough product, a camera and software package for videoconferencing that is very good.”
“Released last month, Apple’s iSight, which retails for US$149.95, is a terrific little video camera that hooks up to a Macintosh via Firewire and delivers excellent real-time videoconferencing over the Internet when used over a broadband cable connection. In conjunction with a new multimedia version of Apple’s iChat software, iSight delivers fluid motion and crisp images, and it also can be used without video as a form of Internet phone calling. I’ve been testing iSight and iChat A/V, as the program is called, for about a week with various friends and family members. The overall effect is powerful,” writes Ray.
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