"With the increased hassles of traveling in these
times, businesses are constantly searching for alternative methods
of getting their far-flung employees, partners, and clients all
working together at once. Conference calls are okay, but these
virtual meetings can be time-consuming and confusing, as you try to
figure out who said what.
"Online video conferencing is a very good way to go, except it's
expensive and you need to set up hardware on several machines,
since most PCs don't come equipped with cameras or microphones.
"There is a middle alternative, that has the benefits of video
conferencing without all of the confusion of a conference phone
call. By using streaming audio broadcasts and chat/IRC technology
combined, you can cheaply and easily set up your own online
"Keep in mind that while I am using the Melbourne LUG as an
example, you can easily apply this scenario to many applications:
non-profit conferences, distance learning, and imprompteau
corporate meetings are just a few examples..."