6.0716 Internet talk-radio (1/94)

Fri, 7 May 1993 18:00:39 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0716. Friday, 7 May 1993.

Date: Thu, 6 May 1993 20:40:49 -0500 (EST)
From: kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (Robert Kraft)
Subject: FYI: Internet talk-radio (fwd)

If you are feeling experimental, and have LOTS of room on your disk....
Bob Kraft, UPenn

Forwarded message:
> To: kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu
> From: seidita@pobox.upenn.edu (Francesca Seidita)
> Subject: FYI: Internet talk-radio
> I thought you might be interested in this.
> Hershel Shanks' address at the National Press Club Luncheon last week is
> now available through internet talk-radio. The sound files are available via
> ftp from sunsite.unc.edu (and other places) and are 12 megabytes for the
> address itself and 15 megabytes for the question and answer period. (Yes,
> megabytes.)
> Internet talk-radio started operation on March 31. There are three main
> pieces: a weekly show called "Geek of the Week" for techies, another show
> TechNation (for pseudo-techies) and most recently, the soundscripts of the
> National Press Club luncheons. It started at 30 megabytes a week and has
> exploded (this week) to 70 megabytes a day, so it's clear that better methods
> of distribution are needed, but I don't know yet what that will mean. The ftp
> sites are talking about new compression methods, in which case you might
> need something extra to decompress the files when you get them.
> The internet talk-radio files are currently distributed as Sun au format
> files (u-law) so to listen to them you need software that can play sound
> and in some cases, a conversion utility to convert from au to a format that
> your sound player can deal with.
> I listen to them on my Mac by using UUTool to convert from au to aiff, and
> use Audio-Shop Demo as the player (thanks to help from Ira Winston). If
> you can get the use of a Mac, you can copy the software from me, or get it
> from the usual
> ftp sites.
> I've heard that people with PCs with Soundblaster have been successful using
> a program called to PLANY to listen to them. It apparently knows about au
> format, so no conversion step is necessary. I don't know if PLANY would work
> without a sound card in your PC, and I don't know of anyone at Penn who's
> tried this on a PC yet. On the internet, the first place to look for more
> information
> is the news group alt.internet.talk-radio.
> If the PC looks like too much trouble to set up and you can't get your
> hands on a Mac (with 50 megabytes of free hard disk!), you can try it out
> from a Sun or NeXT. I've heard that people with Sun workstations can just
> redirect the
> output of the ftp get request to the speaker, and listen without actually
> copying then to the local disk. I've also heard that people with NeXT
> workstations just need to rename them to have the appropriate sound
> extention, and then listen to them in the normal NeXT way (whatever that
> is).
> >From: markw@VFL.Paramax.COM (Mark H. Weber)
> >Newsgroups: alt.internet.talk-radio
> >Subject: Hershel Shanks, National Press Club Luncheon
> >Date: 4 May 93 15:03:07 GMT
> >
> >Channel: Internet Town Hall
> >Program: National Press Club Luncheon Address
> >Release: May 3, 1993 (Address was on April 28, 1993)
> >Content: Hershel Shanks
> >
> >Hershel Shanks, Editor of the Biblical Archaeological Review,
> >has been called the "Daniel Ellsberg of Biblical Scholarship."
> >Largely responsible for the liberation of the Dead Sea Scrolls,
> >Shanks is the author of 8 books and numerous scholarly articles.
> >
> >In this address, Shanks discusses how the Dead Sea Scrolls were
> >found, how they were hidden again, and then finally released to
> >the public eye. The Scrolls contain some of the earliest existing
> >versions of the Hebrew Bible, texts penned while there were still
> >multiple versions, giving a fascinating glimpse into the development
> >of both Jewish and Christian religions. The Scrolls also contain
> >books, hymns, psalms, letters, and a fascinating copper scroll listing
> >the locations of 64 sites with buried treasure containing huge
> >quantities of gold.
> >
> >Support for this program was provided by O'Reilly & Associates and
> >by Sun Microsystems.
> >
> >ITR Program Files: 050393_club_01_HALL.au (Luncheon Address)
> > 050393_club_02_HALL.au (Questions and Answers)
> >ITR Readme File: 050393_club_HALL.readme (This File)
> >
> >For information on Internet Talk Radio, write to info@radio.com
> >
> >More information on Internet Town Hall will be available shortly.
> >
> >For a current, partial listing of sites, write to sites@radio.com