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You can't ignore physical realities: Much as we might not like it, the hard work of attaching devices to utility poles and bringing in backhaul to cell and Wi-Fi sites can't just be handled by waving your hands around. Photo by Chris Chan
We can be just as trendy as everyone else, here at Wi-Fi Networking News: Today we launch our first "podcast," the new term for providing downloadable audio that can be picked up via RSS aggregators and loaded on a computer or into portable music players--not just MP3s. (Read Wikipedia for a history of podcasting--and correct it if it's wrong.)
Our first interview is with Martyn Levy of RoamAD, down in New Zealand: [MP3 format, 1 Mb]. RoamAD makes 802.11 mesh networking equipment that uses dense installations of 802.11b commodity gear on the client side with committed information rates that now approach 2 Mbps and 802.11b or 802.11a for mesh and backhaul. Martyn explains their current approach and technology in the interview.
Using Skype's peer-to-peer voice-over-IP software, some Macintosh recording software (Audio Hijack Pro), and the stars being aligned just right, the 7-minute inaugural episode of our audio programming is available. This is the first one of these we've tried, so my audio level may be a little lower than Martyn's and there's a little background fuzz; we'll get the sound bugs worked out soon.
Update: I have added an RSS 2.0 feed that incorporates enclosures of the type needed by podcasting aggregation programs. If you have one of those, you know who you are.
The Capital Cabal is offering a free one-hour online chat with Rich Dean, a wireless applications expert: Dean's history is fascinating, and he's ideally positioned to talk about how wireless of all kinds of being applied to work and home. The chat is Dec. 10, 2003, at 1 pm Eastern U.S. time.