John T wrote:Maybe I'm a moron, but is there a reason the Chrises can't just dial-up the caller in Skype and let them join the session for a brief period of time?
Apparently Skype only allows for 5 users. So if you have Chris Chris and guest, that's 3. Dialing out (at least with skype) makes a lot of noise, though I suppose the noise can be killed.
It's actually looking like the easiest solution is simply to pre-record the questions. Given there is a far-more-complicated-than-necessary way should the KeenCast ever get popular enough to warrant a call queue.
The two-machine setup would work, and theory would allow for 9 users or 19 users depending if they are Intel Windows computers or something else.
There is another solution, which is to use SIP/H323 and not Skype, this is a virtually unlimited way of conferencing, but has the same tradeoff in using skype in the first place, whoever hosts it is going to burn a lot of bandwidth to have it, though at least with SIP/H323 you can just bridge half the callers to one host, and the other half to the other host and only have the hosts bridged to each other. Skype maxes out at 5(non-intel) or 10 (Intel) as a purely arbritary limit.
I figured out the problem on One of the linux boxes, it wasn't setup to be full duplex, hence why the microphone didn't work. however the other computer (the Asterix one) appears to jack the microphone before skype ever gets loaded, which is why it's not working as expected.
Anyway, it looks like pretty much every method is overkill. Sticking to KISS principle I'd suggest pre-recording (and thus solving the pre-screening issue) the questions, just have people send them as mp3's to the keencast email.
Moving up to Live call-in simply requires a "host server" to relay the conversations between everyone. Just the "easy" way to do this is outrageously expensive (ever see those fancy voice conference calls bigwigs in offices have?) and the cheap way is a lot of work to get to work. It also puts off anyone who can't figure out how to get SIP/H323 stuff to work. Skype comes off being more like AIM which is why people use it. I think the Live-call-in is simply defeated by the fact that the podcast isn't live, so there is no real additional benefit to it being live.
Still having people email questions would lead to a lot of inconsistant quality and volume (as in loudness), post-production nightmare. Right now there is enough inconsistancy between the guests and the hosts not-so-quality microphones.
Also to answer the "can you have 4 skype sessions behind a router"
The answer is "Kinda"
What happens is that status disappears or becomes inaccurate once you get a second skype session going. I had a laptop running windows, two desktops running linux and a PocketPC all connected at the same time, with the audio from the three pc's all coming through to the PDA (one analog link between the linux boxes) The audio distortion got pretty bad, though still usable, sounded kinda like medium cell reception.
Anyway, I have one more trick to try tomorrow. If I can't get it to work, I give up.
Not everyone is a silly computer geek and audiophile.
Also PDA skype doesn't support conferencing.