Review of Mirial Softphone

History….ahhh, the memories of a bygone era.  đź™‚ ++++++++ Rating: 4 WaterTowers Mirial Softphone came to my attention a little over a month ago. At that time, I grabbed a 1 month free demo license and ran it through some initial tests. I encountered some system glitches with that version. These problems did not cause major problems, but, further testing was halted due to other … Continue reading Review of Mirial Softphone

VUDU Evaluation and Review

Rating: 5 WaterTowers (nearly perfect) UPDATE Jan 2015: VUDU is now available on most Blu-Ray players, Smart TV’s, and Chromecast (and I’m sure other streaming devices / services). Wal-Mart bought VUDU a few years back.   Before you read, you can watch my future Oscar winning documentary on “Using VUDU”. You will not be bored, but, in case you are interested to see what movie … Continue reading VUDU Evaluation and Review

Convert Vinyl Records into Digital Files

Rating: 4 WaterTowers If you are like us you have some old 33’s and 45’s collecting dust in a closet. You may, also like us, have tossed your old turntables and have no way of listening to that great music of your youth. This Christmas, my wife bought me a really cool gadget. The “audio-technica AT-LP2D-USB USB Turntable and Digital Recording Software”. In short, this … Continue reading Convert Vinyl Records into Digital Files

WebEx Meeting Center

    4 WaterTowers OK, now you are working at home, saving the environment, and reducing traffic. Now what? You still need to stay in contact with your colleagues at work or around the world. You need to host a meeting, and/or manage and coordinate an online conference or seminar. What do you do? You use a product like WebEx Meeting Center. I recently downloaded … Continue reading WebEx Meeting Center


Rating: 3.5 Watertowers More history….this is almost fun!  🙂 ++++++++++++ I had first heard about SightSpeed a few years ago while working at LBL. I checked them out at the time, but, since we were involved in standards-based H.323 IP videoconferencing, SightSpeed held little interest for our user base. This week I have taken another look at the free version of SightSpeed. The passage of … Continue reading SightSpeed

Proclaim by Netbriefings

4 Watertowers Introduction Streaming video used to be a difficult process requiring special hardware and software and a team of technicians. Of course, high quality video streaming still needs all that, but, if you are interested in “personal streaming” and can live with the trade-off off super high quality for easy-to-use and extremely short turn around, then Proclaim may be for you. I first heard … Continue reading Proclaim by Netbriefings

Polycom PVX for H.323 Video Conferencing

The history lesson continues! +++++++++++ August 2007 Rating: 4 Watertowers If a person needs to do standards based videconferencing from their desktop computer, there are very few choices, but, luckily, the Polycom PVX happens to be one of the best, if not the best. The PVX is relatively easy-to-use, provides high quality video and audio, allows data conferencing, and can be set up to suit … Continue reading Polycom PVX for H.323 Video Conferencing