- Our current roadmap objectives
- Review how fast we have moved over the last year
- Briefly discuss the 1.3 release (more on that next week)
- Our plans for 1.4 which is our Business Process release with a preview this month
- Web Content Management and plans for an entire ECM Suite
- Our follow-on plans for 2.0 and beyond
- The importance that performance and benchmarking play in our roadmap
We have been a bit slow on the podcasts lately. They have been very tedious to record and edit without proper equipment. So this time, we went out and bought proper equipment. This was a real lesson in the state of retailing in the UK.
If we were in Silicon Valley, we would have just gone down the road to Fry's and bought everything we needed. Unfortunately for us, Dixon's locked up the consumer electronic market during the Thatcher era and bought up all the competition on the High Street (the British equivalent of both Main Street and the local mall). During this time, there has been little choice and the people who work there don't seem to know anything about anything. Dixon's also owns PCWorld, which is a poor man's version of CompUSA. We tried both and ended up with rubbish equipment for recording podcasts.
Fortuantely, last Friday we were able to find some sound equipment at Maplins, that survived competitive pressure from Dixon's through a mail order business and now through the internet. They now have stores where we can browse around. It's not quite Fry's, but closer to what Radio Shack used to be. There they had analog and digital mixing boards for local DJs. I really liked the radio mixing board complete with Animal Noises and Applause buttons. In the end we settled for a simple digital mixer and now you get us in stereo!
We recorded this in one take and at 28 minutes, it is a bit longer than I wanted. That's my fault, but I hope you find it informative. By making it in one take (or a little minor editing) in the future and having equipment that doesn't require sound modification, we intend to do these at least once a week. Let m know what you think.