[clug] ANU Lecture Recordings

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Tue Mar 11 22:34:22 GMT 2008

Hi Fred,

I lecture Computer Networks at ANU and make my own MP3 recordings (when
I remember to press "record" instead of "play"! :-).

I have never tried to download a recording made by the "digital lecture
delivery system" (or whatever it is called these days), but I am
surprised that you couldn't get it to work with Firefox as that is the
standard browser in most common parts of the ANU.

I don't use the central system because they chose Real Audio as their
format. If my little MP3 recorder produced Ogg, I would probably use
that for my lecture material, but I am happy to use MP3 at this time
(despite all the history of IP associated with it).

Can you send me to the URL you were trying to use to download the audio?


Bob Edwards.

Pilcher, Fred wrote:
> #1 daughter is in her first year at ANU this year. She missed lectures
> yesterday and tried to download them from the ANU's site, without
> success, so called to Dad for help. The system is an abomination. The
> recordings are only available as streaming Real Audio - they can't be
> downloaded, the system doesn't recognose Firefox as a browser, and what
> should be a simple HTML page is so thoroughly java-infested that I
> couldn't but shake my head in bewilderment.
> I installed the Real Audio player but still had no luck at all. I even
> resorted to Windows, which didn't work either.
> If anyone has any clues about what I can do to make these lectures
> available I'd be most grateful. For my own curiosity, I'd be interested
> to know what was in the minds of the people who created this
> monstrosity.
> In anger and frustration,
> Fred 
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