CU-SeeMe Lite (humor)

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CU-SeeMe Lite (humor)

On 12/19/94, Larry Chace said:

--(someone) said:
-- CU-SeeMe currently supports audio input ONLY if...
Now, don't get me started on trying to do "real" audio and video at 9600 Kbaud, 14.4 Kbaud, 19.2 Kbaud, etc.

On 12/19/94, Michael 'Mickey' Sattler replied:

NOW WAIT JUST A SECOND! I have two or three PERFECTLY GOOD Hayes 1200 baud modems that I want to use with CU-SeeMe. Are you telling me that I can't use them, not even with delta-mod sound transmission. What a gyp! I guess the AppleModem 300 was a waste of money too, huh?

On 12/19/94, Dick Cogger showed us why he's running things:

Actually, since there is such a demand, perhaps we should consider getting SERIOUS about supporting low bandwidth:

Specification: CU-SeeMe-Lite

Communications: 300-baud Acoustic Coupler

Video: Heavy-duty compression by dual-deci-decimation to achieve 6 or more frames/minute. Tradeoff will be that images will be only 3x4 pixels (hxw) and only pixels changing by more than 7 gray-levels will be sent for each frame.

Text: typing supported for a single character at a time shown in the frame in "leaned over" mode.

Audio: Full bandwidth silver-tone audio. Tradeoff is that it will be impossible to carry actual speech from the sender, so the receiving side will run a real-time simulation and playout of the modem frequency-shift keying tones, which should be quite pleasent when the volume is properly set.

SlideWindow/Whiteboard: Hi-rez still images at 10x15 pixels to be used for technical drawings, medical images, spontaneous freehand drawing, and other demanding applications. Special bonus: full color at 2-bit depth.

Projected delivery schedule: April 1, 1920

Warrantee: As with all CU-SeeMe products, users will benefit from an unlimited money-back refund policy, but we can not be responsible for any time wasted, as in reading this spec.

Cheers, -Dick

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