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Easy Video: Useful and Fun
Streaming media is a good news, bad news story, says
Douglas Dixon, technology leader at Sarnoff. "The good
he says, "is that for under $100, you can do video for the
As in nearly everything technological, it is possible to spend more
— much more. But, Dixon says, "there are horrible, horrible
constraints to sending data over the Internet." Translation: Your
promotional video won’t necessarily look better if you spend big bucks
Dixon, a graduate of Brown University (Class of 1977), speaks on
Media: Fact or Fantasy?" on Thursday, February 15, at 8 p.m. at
Sarnoff, when he addresses the Princeton ACM/IEEE-CS Chapters’
free joint monthly meeting. Call 609-924-8704.
Businesses can now easily incorporate video into both their internal
communications and their promotional efforts, Dixon says. Not only
are prices way down, but installation has become a snap. "You
don’t even have to open the computer case anymore," he says.
the sales meeting or the CEO’s forecast talk. But how do you get
to watch it? Gathering the troops in the cafeteria for 60 minutes
is going to produce little more than surreptitious napping. Edit that
same material down to a snappy little presentation and make it
on the company intranet and it becomes a lot more interesting, Dixon
suggests. "You can add titles, background music," he says.
It’s fun, and now it’s easy.
easy to showcase them with video brochures. A car restorer, suggests
Dixon, could get mileage out of a video brochure. Company background
information, and officers’ biographies, too, can move from paper to
the immediacy of video.
video setup. The reason it is not imperative to upgrade is that,
speaking, images are only as good as the connection through which
they are downloaded. Wide bandwidth, delivered through T-1 lines,
perhaps, or cable, is still far from universal. Users accessing the
Internet through dial-up connections will not see a great picture
no matter what. Businesses that do want to upgrade their video
for the benefit of their bandwidth-rich clients can do so with an
investment of under $2,000, Dixon says. The iMac DV system coupled
with a DV camcorder is an easy-to-use system, he says. For PCs,
are lots of options, as usual," Dixon says. Sony, he says, is
a good choice for video-friendly computers.
too — but just watch out, Dixon says, wireless will bring a whole
new dimension. "Desktop video conferencing never took off,"
he says. "It’s boring. Do you want to see someone sitting at a
desk?" With a video-enabled cell phone or PDA, however, things
get interesting. "It’s a little camera in your phone," he
says. "The salesman on the road can share his experience. `Look
what I’m seeing here!’"
President Bush’s White House Office of Faith-Based and
Community Initiatives is new, but the concept of funneling social
programs through churches has been around for a long time.
Hazel Russell, director of Interfaith and Community Partnerships
of the New Jersey Department of Labor, says she learned from her
that churches are important in reaching, and helping, those in need.
The Interfaith and Community Partnership office opened last September,
preceding the controversial announcement of the federal initiative
to channel government social programs through the nation’s
institutions. Russell, who worked in corporate America before joining
state government as Governor Whitman’s deputy director of constituent
relations, was recruited to head the office. Prior to September,
who holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Kean College and
a master’s in corporate and public communication from Seton Hall,
had been working on community education and outreach for the state
Division of Youth and Family Services.
Russell is on a panel that speaks on "Faith-Based Initiative
— Learn How It Can Assist Your Program" at the Central Jersey
Job Developers Association on Thursday, February 15, at 9 a.m. at
the Elks Club on Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. Call
Answering a question that has figured prominently in the national
debate on separation of church and state that surrounds President
Bush’s faith-based initiative, Russell says that churches "are
very aware that prayer is not part of the program. They deliver the
service; there is no religious component. We reinforce with them,
but they are aware." On another issue, whether churches will
in administering state-funded social programs, Russell says they will
not. "When you speak with churches," she says,"they tell you
they take everyone who comes to them."
Russell, a congregant at the Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy,
says faith is important in her life. An active volunteer at her
she says she has seen how churches are valuable in reaching
in need of social services. It is smart for the government to partner
with churches, because "ministers have a certain rapport with
their congregants," she says. "They feel information is
They feel free to discuss issues they might not feel right about
in a state office."
Russell’s office does not dispense state funds, but rather works with
churches to help them partner with organizations or agencies with
which they can put together programs to help job seekers and
moving from welfare to work. These are some of the ways in which the
Interfaith and Community Partnership helps churches help the
Russell says, is the centerpiece of the Department of Labor’s effort
to match employees with employers. "There are always more jobs
than employees," Russell says of the current employment landscape
in New Jersey. The trick is bringing qualified candidates to hungry
employers. Russell is most enthusiastic about the potential of
New Jersey Public Information Network (WNJPIN) to do just that.
at URL www.wnjpin.net, WNJPIN contains reams of information for job
seekers — and for students and employers too. While this is a
fine resource, it is no help to those without computer access. This
is where Russell comes in, working with churches to bring in
of Labor computer trainers or to find ways to purchase computers or
come up with the space for a computer lab.
job seekers can meet with employers. At one recent job fair at a
"there were over 200 people hired," she says. Over two days,
700 people showed up at the job fair. "The first day, there were
400 people, mostly adults in need of jobs," she recounts. "The
next day, a Saturday, young adults came. They were professionals who
needed better jobs."
for specific jobs, and the Interfaith and Community Partnership will
help. "A church is providing training to fill jobs in two New
Jersey malls," Russell says of one such program. She emphasizes
that her office, now with just two employees, does not fund projects
like this one, but rather helps the church identify possible partners
and sources of financial help.
is providing young people with prison records with help in entering
the workplace. These young adults need transportation and guidance
from successful adults, and the church is providing these services
with help from Russell’s office.
says, "we provide information on becoming a non-profit and
their structure so they can carry out projects and link with
says. Early response to the Interfaith and Community Partnership was
overwhelming. "I was inundated," she says. Many of the
with whom she has worked are Protestant churches, but Catholic
are showing interest too. On the road talking about delivering
services through faith-based organizations much of the time, Russell
is planning outreaches to synagogues and mosques next.
Self esteem won’t just help you progress at work, it
could make the difference in whether you make it home from work
This according to Detective Sergeant Ralph Terracciano, a
of nearly 20 years on the Princeton Borough police force, who speaks
on personal safety to the Princeton Business and Professional Women
on Monday, February 19, at 6 p.m. at Tre Piani in Forrestal Village.
Cost: $31. Call Carolyn Hingher at 609-921-8324.
"Attackers look for people with poor posture, people who look
like they have poor self esteem," Terracciano says. Interviews
with criminals indicate, he says, that they tend to shy away from
those who "look like they know where they’re going and what
Terracciano, who has been a detective for 15 years, is a graduate
of Mercer County Community College and received his bachelor’s degree
in criminal justice from Thomas Edison College in 1996. Among the
safety strategies he addresses in his talk:
late, move your car to a lighted area near the building before dark,
Terracciano says. Have your keys in your hand, and if you notice
lurking around your car, turn around and walk back to your office.
If someone is approaching from behind, "turn and look him in the
eye," Terracciano says. "Don’t stare at him, but let him know
you are aware he is there."
Terracciano says, and it’s generally not to make deposits. "Use
the ATM during the day," he says. Choose one that is not
by bushes, and be aware of who is around. After withdrawing money,
"put it away," he says. "You can’t argue with a machine
anyway," Terracciano points out, so there is no reason to count
the bills right away.
a cell phone," Terracciano says. Not only will a cell phone enable
you to summon help if your car breaks down, but it also allows you
to call for help when you see other disabled cars. It’s not safe to
stop to help stranded motorists, Terracciano says, and calling in
their position frees you from being torn between concern for your
own safety and concern for your fellow man.
idea to carry a purse. It’s just too easy to put the thing down and
walk away from it. For those who insist, however, he stresses the
importance of carrying keys elsewhere. Otherwise, a thief has a
of documents bearing your address, and the keys that will get him
in your door. For the same reason, Terracciano says it’s a mistake
to give a full key chain to a car service technician or a parking
attendant. "He looks into your glove box, sees your registration,
and he has your address," he says. Copying the key to open your
door is quick and easy.
or CD player on your car seat. "I’ve interviewed hundreds of
whose cars have been burglarized," Terracciano says. "If
nothing there, the burglar keeps walking."
the pepper spray from his wife’s purse. "I have a two-year-old
son," he says. "We don’t need him spraying himself, or
For those who do not have young children, the spray could be a good
idea, he says, "but only if it’s in your hand." Canisters
should be kept on key rings, he says, not buried in pockets. "Let
me tell you," the police professional says of predators,
people plan their attacks."
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