Sunday, November 19, 2023

Franklin.TV: Computers Run Computers

It’s Like a Digital Hall of Mirrors

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 11/19/2023

Since COVID’s ending (um- sorta) there are some practices that continue. What was necessary then remains convenient to this day. Nothing is more obvious than Zoom meetings. In our shared isolation (oxymoron), we all gave Zoom a collective bear hug.

That meant managing and streaming remote meetings – remotely. Today, it’s a common task for us to have computers running computers – that run computers.

The screen(s) shown here at the left are from a computer in my home office. It’s hosting and recording a ZBA Zoom meeting.

Franklin.TV: Computers Run Computers
Franklin.TV: Computers Run Computers

My other computer at the right is managing another computer at Franklin●TV. 

That computer is controlling our Zoom stream to a computer at YouTube – and another computer (not shown) that is controlling what our cable subscribers are watching on our Government Channel Comcast 9/Verizon 29. It’s also recording the meeting for later rebroadcast.

It’s a digital high-wire act. Ensuring that all of these participating computers are on their best behavior requires a bit of digital discipline and preparation that takes place for up to an hour before each event. And, yes, there is one more small computer that is ‘tuned in’ to the cablecast – monitoring the progress of the meeting. Before COVID a common maxim held that one can never be too rich or too thin. Welcome to the digital post-COVID age where one can never have too many computers.
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.

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