Here is a short list of questions and answers regarding the LetsTalk technology. For your convenience, all links to external websites will open in new browser windows which you can close to return to this site.
- How are the audio and video messages recorded?
The LetsTalk discussion forums were custom developed by duber dot com. The technology that allows audio/video recording and streaming playback is Macromedia's FlashCom Server. Because of the prevalence of the Flash Player (see Macromedia's Penetration Statistics below), most browsers are ready to play streaming audio and video from any FlashCom application. In addition, the Flash Player supports a wide range of standard microphones and webcams. So, it's a very powerful platform for rich, web-based interactive application development.
- Macromedia's Penetration Statistics
The statistics presented here were gathered by an independent organization and represent the percentages of the Flash Player installation by version and geographic region. Note the numbers for Flash Player Version 6. As of the June 2004 report, over 92% of users have the free Flash Player software required already installed and those numbers are growing monthly, as Flash has become the de facto standard for interactive multimedia on the web. For those who don't have already have it, Flash is amazingly quick and easy to download and install. Supported versions of the Flash Player are available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux users. See the Flash Player download page for further details.
How are the discussions managed?
We have developed a set of administration tools to help manage the discussions. It's easy to create a new discussion forum--just add a title and id for the new topic in the XML configuration file (see sample XML content). Need to delete a post or edit its content? The LetsTalk Message Administrator makes it a snap. Teachers and forum moderators can also add basic HTML (including links and formatted text) comments to posts with this administration tool. Here's a screenshot of a revision in progress:
(screenshot of Message Administrator--click for larger view)
What happens if I subscribe to a discussion topic?
After you confirm your subscription request, you will receive notification by email each time a new message is added to this topic. You can unsubscribe at any time and your email address will not be used for any other purpose. We will not share your email address with anyone.
Do you have any suggestions for using the LetsTalk Forums with a class?
We have an Instructor Guide that offers several tips and suggestions for using our public "Current Discussions" with a class. Contact LetsTalkRequests@duber.com for details on licensing a private, customized version for your class and/or school.
Can I use the LetsTalk technology on my website?
Contact LetsTalkRequests@duber.com with your specific customization requests and we will reply with our development costs and estimates for your project. Basic implementations start at a few hundred dollars (US).
Shouldn't the name of the site be "Let's Talk," with an apostrophe?
Grammatically speaking, yes. But we can't use an apostrophe in our URL, and we think it makes for a unique name.
Does this technology support live audio/video conferencing?
Yes it does and thanks for asking. In fact, it supports a whole lot more than just that! Contact LetsTalkQuestions@duber.com with a request for more information and/or to schedule an appointment for a live demonstration of our other online conference/classroom solutions.
Why aren't there any more questions?
This site launched with LetsTalk version 1.0 on October 21, 2004 and we released LetsTalk version 2.0 on January 12, 2005. So far, there haven't been many questions asked. If you have a question, please send it by email to LetsTalkQuestions@duber.com. We'll try to answer as many as we can.