A wonderful dose of maturity!

Gary Dietz (gdietz@wpine.com)
Tue, 05 May 1998 15:17:46 -0400


Larry,

Thank you so much for this mature dose of reality.

White Pine is in a business which is in a state of huge flux! Without
people like Larry and others at Cornell (and elsewhere) this whole
industry wouldn't have started as quickly. White Pine is proud to have
inherited the legacy of this research project.

What a few people on this list don't understand is what Larry so
succinctly put -- White Pine and Cornell are contractual and personal
partners. White Pine *pays* Cornell for a number of things. We are not
competitors.

White Pine is also a public company, competing in a number of arenas, not
all of which will always jibe with the stated desires of the most vocal
members of this list. I want to quote Larry on one pivotal point he
makes:

"...and simply a matter of taste, personal preference, and familiarity.
There

is <bold><underline>very little of the discussion that is based upon any
quantitative

measurements</underline></bold>, nor is that really possible, since much
of this discussion is

about user interface factors, something upon which almost _no one_ can

agree! ;-)"

Data about where White Pine will be taking the core CU-SeeMe and
"Reflector" technologies comes from a dose of market research, a dose of
market analysis, mixed with technology and a pinch of good ol'
industrious guessing. But the bottom line is the bottom line -- we have
to sell and support what we make. Research projects do not. ClassPoint
and future "points" really "point" out that we *are* listening to
different market segments.

Like it or not, the Cornell research project is in a state of being
phased out. This is not a harsh, bitter statement. It is just a
recognition of the "government sponsored research --> commericial
product" life cycle! This is a wonderful part of American capitalism.
The Cornell Research foundation *should* go on to bigger and better
things, as that is what will fuel future commerical and societal
change.

As always, White Pine welcomes you to use whatever version of CU-SeeMe
meets your goals and wishes you the best.

Gary

At 11:42 AM 5/5/98 -0400, you wrote:

>As one of the "old timers" on the Cornell CU-SeeMe development team
(but

>one who has been inactive for quite a while), I'd like to make a couple
of

>comments.

>

>Much of what has been mentioned here on this list about possible new

>features in CU-SeeMe, whether from Cornell or from White Pine, is
purely

>and simply a matter of taste, personal preference, and familiarity.
There

>is very little of the discussion that is based upon any quantitative

>measurements, nor is that really possible, since much of this discussion
is

>about user interface factors, something upon which almost _no one_ can

>agree! ;-)

>

>That Cornell and White Pine might take differnet approaches and
emphasize

>different aspects is entirely sensible and is also A Good Thing.
Different

>versions, interoperating, provide different users with their differing

>solutions to their differing needs (and preferences).

>

>There is no conflict between the two. A few folks might prefer a
"free"

>version that has some additional features and a few folks might prefer
an

>officially supported (and further developed) version. For the
overwhelming

>number of users (present and potential), however, Cornell and White
Pine

>are _not_ competitors but are partners, each providing complimentary

>products.

>

>It makes little sense for folks to scream and yell at each other over

>matters for which neither can convince the other!

>

>(These are of course just My Own Private Opinions and do not reflect
the

>view of any other persons or organizations!)

>

>Larry Chace (RLC1@cornell.edu)

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