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Linux Journal: Cooking with Linux: When I'm Calling You...on Video

Dec 10, 2002, 11:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

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"Do you remember 2001: A Space Odyssey, François? As we welcome 2003, I can't help but think about all the promises that vision of the future held, and it makes me a little sad, mon ami. Ah, merci. The 1998 Rhone Hermitage is exactly what I need. I realize that our guests will be here shortly, François, but consider this. We have a space station, but it's not quite the majestic wheel in space we see in the movie. There's certainly no lunar base nor orbital hotel, but at least we have this.

"Quoi? Why it's a video phone, François, and today, I will demonstrate it to our guests. What did you say? Ah, but they are already here! Welcome once again, mes amis, to Chez Marcel, where fine Linux cooking meets fine wine, non? François has your tables ready and has already opened the wine.

"From time to time, in this restaurant, we have offered up recipes that make use of your webcam, from capture utilities to home security. Today, we visit the webcam once again to bring you something that was promised so many years ago. When I was but a small child, it seemed that every television science-fiction program was promising a video phone. Years passed, and while I have seen such things demonstrated on television, my video phone remained as distant as the faraway studios themselves..."

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