<<November 2, 1999>>

Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. <mazzucelli@beaver.edu>

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Edward Dodds <adris@telalink.net>

Arif Khan <akhan@planwel.edu>

Mr. Myron Nordquist <myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov>

(1) Dear Roger:

Many thanks for your msgs (ATTACHMENT I and II).

I enjoyed your wonderful web site with photos in China -- very beautiful
location with a lot of tasty foods which wetted my mouth!! There are
many enthusiastic young Chinese students in a well equipped audio/visual
class room.

(2) Dear Colette:

Your web site is well constructed -- my big congratulations to you!!

BTW, many thanks for your mentioning my name as one of experts on
distance education in your opening remark.

(3) Dear Myron:

You may visit Colette's web site -- it may be of some interest to your
peace keeping and human right distance learning programs with Russian
army and navy and also with your Chinese colleague at Beijing

(4) Dear Roger and Colette:

As mentioned in the chat room when I participated in your session,
Colette's and Ambassador McDonald's voices came very clearly -- but,
alas, they were often cut out due to packet loss.

Assuming that the web server is located in Houston, Texas and as I
was receiving the session from Columbia University in New York,
(i.e., both were in the U.S. domestic), YET such trouble can
happen. This means that the use of audio streaming via OPEN
Internet is still premature for regular distance learning courses,
and that we need to have broadband Internet to the last mile.

The backup site also refused my connection -- clear sign of congestion
at the web site. I wonder what the speed of the line connecting to the
web server. There were only, at most, a dozen people in the chat room,
so that I really wonder why the line to the web server was congested.

If there is the Quality of Service (QoS)" feature available in the OPEN
Internet, such congestion may be avoided, but this would be an
impossible dream.

(5) Dear Arif and Ed:

Many thanks for your msgs (ATTACHMENT III and IV).

As reported previously, my connection with 56 Kbps dial-up modem through
Columbia University did not work for your Megaconference through
broadband Internet either -- I am sure that Columbia University has
broadband Internet connection.

Dear Ed:

After I signed up QuickTime Pro with $20, I can get RealPlayer G2
all right. Your modem connection must be speeder than mine, YET,
alas, you could not get any connection with their web server!!

Dear Arif:

Our colleagues at Montana State University (which has the broadband
Internet connection) told me that their participation to your
Megaconference did not produce satisfactory results, also.

What is your assessment of the event? -- my guess is that, as same as
the Roger/Colette's event this morning, the connection line to the web
server must have been congested due to many participants.

I am really interested to hear of your assessment of the event, since
this failure was out of my expectation for the broadband Internet.

Best, Tak

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 22:02:00 +0000
From: rboston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Re: Your web site of Tampere event

please consider to join us at 9AM your time TUESDAY, Nov 2 --

. for session IX of the weekly "Peace and Conflict" webcast series being
simulcasted from both sides of the Atlantic in cooperation with Beaver
College, with my technical support to Colette Mazucelli and her program.

Related Item:
I am flying tomorrow to the People's Republic of China, where I will work
near the Three Gorges Dam with a group interested in a one week long
version of the workshop I conducted in Tampere in August -- an expected
outcome of our week in China is the beginning of organizing a "Virtual
Normal College of English".
During Colette's workshop I am arranging that we in China will join
Colette on the East Coast and her partners across the Atlantic -- you may
find the convergence to be fascinating and you may see our video from
China coming to you in live motion.

You may see live video, recorded video, and images similar to what I did
for the EGEDL, at the following website:


with transmissions beginning Nov 1, after I have rested up from my long
flight across the Pacific.

If you do join us Tuesday, click "Access the Programs" then CLick the
program date for Nov 2, and enter the participation area. Next, begin the
audio stream, observe the slides and agenda, and click again to enter the
chat room -- we will all be in the room marked "IPCRP".

We'll look for you.

Roger Boston
Rockwell Chair/ Instructor
Houston Community College System

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 12:00:41 +0000
From: rboston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu, mazzucelli@beaver.edu
Subject: Email seems to be working

Tak my email seems to be working again.

Good that you will join us TUESDAY for the IPCRP webcast.


and our Chinalive website for next week:


Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 18:13:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Arif Khan" <akhan@planwel.edu>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Inernet 2 H.323 Megaconference & Its Public Broadcasts

Dear Tak:

We have been testing this successfully with various (appox. 60 plus)
research institutions from around the world using OARnet's MCU for the last
few months; the sound and video quality is quite good. I hope every one
will get a chance to view this. This is an extremely good opportunity to
really test out broadband Internet.

For viewing this you can have any dedicated internet connection that will
allow you free flow of streaming video, viewers do not have to have Internet
2 connectivity. All the participants to this conference are using 384kbps
connectivity, for their presentations.

I would also like to get feedback from folks who have tested it out.

Thank you

Arif Khan
Director Operations USA
Planwel University

Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 18:29:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Ed Dodds" <dodds@home.com>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
Subject: RE: Megaconference 1999 through Internet-2


I tried to access with QuickTime 4 (did it need to be "Pro" level?) and I
keep getting a negotiating message. I'm using a cable modem so my connect
speed may not have been fast enough.

Ed Dodds
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Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D.
Director and Assistant Professor
International Peace and Conflict Resolution MA Program
Beaver College
2000 America's Best Colleges
US News & World Report
20th in the North
(Maine-District of Columbia)
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Glenside, PA 19038
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215 572 2126 (fax)

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77270-7849
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301

Edward Dodds
Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems (ADRIS)
PO Box 210735
Nashville TN 37221-0735
Fax: 615-662-5251

Arif Khan
Director (Operations)
Planwel Institute of Science and Technology (PLANWEL)
Planwel University
484, Stinchcomb #38
Columbus, Ohio 43202
Tel: +1-614-268 7027
Fax: +1-614-268 7027

Mr. Myron Nordquist
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
Fax: 202-224-8594
Cell: 301-646-8153
804-924-7573 -- at the U. of VA.
Fax: 804-982-2622 -- at the U. of VA.
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