At the last minute I found I was able to join in the tele-conferencing by Skype (audio only) for the Italian QL meeting, to listen to Dave Park’s talk on Sandy’s new QL hardware planned over the next year or two, and quite a presentation it was too!
I hadn’t forewarned Davide Santachiara (who was chairing this presentation) that I’d be joining in – indeed until about half an hour before the event I didn’t even know I’d be joining in 🙂
Davide graciously allowed me to listen in and I even got to ask Dave a question during the session.
As the meeting was, of course, in Italian, Davide had arranged with Michele Perini in Toronto, Canada to provide an English/Italian translation service. Davide confessed he was not a Skype expert and not convinced it would all work with video from Dave and from the meeting, plus a mix of audio-only group participation when Arvid, Ken, Michele and I were all to take part in addition. But for the most part it went quite well, apart from the occasional distortion and one or two losses of connection, which for a fairly long (more than an hour) group call with mixed video and audio-only wasn’t bad! (Skype claims to be able to handle a group video call of up to 10 users, or up to 25 for an audio-only group – worth remembering for future QL meetings!)
Davide later told me that in addition to the 5 of us on Skype, 14 were present at the meeting in Modena which must qualify as quite a successful meeting given that there isn’t an active formal QL group in Italy at the moment.
A bonus from the meeting was that Andrea Carpi had produced a special version of his Euro Converter program (v1.70) specially for the meeting – it now adds the Estonian, Latvian and Slovakian currencies to the list of currencies supported by the program. You can get this latest version free from Davide’s website at http://www.sinclairql.it/qlpage.htm
Roll on QL Is 30 in Edinburgh in October!