Way back at the turn of the century, when the Web was still 1.0 and a ragtag band of ragged IT staffers thought they could make a mint going virtual, I got to repeatedly experience the joys (please note intense sarcasm!) of web conferencing, dot-bomb style. We had the marketing and sales office in NYC (where I worked), the data center in New Jersey, and believe it or not, coders in Bulgaria. And every few days, we got to do web conferencing with jumpy blurry webcam images and scratchy audio and really … high … latency.
Nowaday, of course, the Web is all two-point-oh! and your Grandma Skypes you and you can actually podcast in front of a live video audience and web conferencing has, no doubt, gotten much better. We’re all 21st century and stuff, now. But I think it would do us all well to remember that, just a few short years ago, the world was a very different place, where you could barely even make out the voices of your ex-KGB coders in Bulgaria, let alone work out what they ere talking about.
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