A podcast and a real-world example of why drivers matter

My ZDNet colleague Mary Jo Foley and I filled in for Paul Thurrott on his Windows Weekly podcast last week, along with host (and old friend) Leo Laporte.

We had a fun time, it was a lively discussion, and you can listen or watch for yourself by going to the episode page.

The video is especially entertaining because Mary Jo was upside-down the whole time. Here’s what it looked like for me:


The problem turned out to be a garden-variety driver issue. At some point, someone had reinstalled Windows 7 on Mary Jo’s ASUS notebook, and instead of using the driver for that specific webcam model, it was using the generic driver. That works fine for most webcam-enabled programs but has a known side effect with Skype. It was an amusing 90 minutes or so.

Go listen to (or watch) the whole thing, and if you have any comments, feel free to leave ’em here.

One thought on “A podcast and a real-world example of why drivers matter

  1. Ed:
    You were great.

    The video production values of this podcast were not.

    Leaving Mary Jo upside down was a mistake on Leo’s part. He would have been better off displaying a static photo/image or nothing at all than doing that. It reduced the professionalism of the episode and the sense that Mary Jo knew what she was talking about.

    I have a several suggestions for future video:

    Place your headphone wires behind your head rather than under your chin or get a different headset. I think it would look better without the wires under your chin.
    Use a seat without the large black headrest. The headrest was distracting. It looked like an extension of your earphones, which it is not.
    Straighten up your room or zoom in on you so that the backdrop is less visible.
    Let’s see your pets! I thought I saw a dark cat wandering through the room early on. Then you mentioned feeding the dogs. Why didn’t they get any video time?

    You should do more podcasts. You know your stuff. You are good at framing issues and debunking much of the tech nonsense we see on the Internet.

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