Welcome to the “Update Broadcast” online class with Tom Brown jr.
The camera (welcome screen) & music will begin streaming live about 1 hr. before Tom begins – use this time to check that all works on your computer. Class schedule is as follows:
May 7, 2020, 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time to whenever
The link for the live broadcast webpage (on a desktop or laptop computer) is:
You’ll be asked for a name and a password; please enter the following exactly as it appears (it’s case-sensitive, make sure you don’t have caps lock on, make sure there’s no extra spaces):
name: tracker password: !Flower7
The chat room password is: moon
To open a webpage of the chatroom only, go here.
*note that anyone who doesn’t choose a nickname will be given the default nickname “anonymousey”.
For more info on using the chat room and fiddling with the settings, watch this video:
If the webpage throws a “401 error” or still shows a previous class/date, you may need to force your browser to re-load the page. Depending on your operating system, click the following keys:
Windows: ctrl + F5
Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R
Please post comments during the breaks so you can keep you’re attention on Tom while he’s speaking. Tech support comments are welcome anytime, as long as you’ve actually read this entire email 🙂
Bear in mind there is a 1000 character limit per post.
Your user name in the chat room should follow this format: FirstnameLastname. For example, John Smith would be JohnSmith. The chat room will be open by the time you get this email, please try it out – if you have any questions, let me know. If you don’t see the chatroom on the webpage, please review your internet security settings or update your current browser or try it in a different browser. Chat names such as “guest” or “TheArchDruid” are mightily frowned upon in the chat room (unless you’re name really is John Michael Greer) – we strive to treat it as an actual class out in the Pines. If you can’t figure out how to change your name, ask for help on the chat room and in the meantime sign your posts each time with your actual name. Anonymous posts in the chat room are usually not printed out for Tom to read.
At this point in the email you will be tempted to stop reading… please don’t 🙂 The following info is important and may save you a lot of time and stress when the broadcast begins.
If there seems to be more than 10 seconds or so of time delay (video lag) between real time and what you see on the computer: Click the middle of the video player once to stop it, then once more to restart. This will clear any built-up video lag in your system. I do it every break.
I also regularly use the free version of CCleaner to clean up my systems here before the broadcasts.
To clear out temporary internet files or browser cache, follow the link for your browser:
Firefox Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari
We recommend the internet browser Firefox for viewing this event. You can download it here:
Safari and Chrome are also good. ( http://www.apple.com/safari/download/ or https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
Opera may also work fine. http://www.opera.com/computer/windows
Internet Explorer is not recommended, though it works for some.
Also check your browser’s plug-ins for up-to-date status. If you’re not sure how, just google the name of your browser plus the words “plug-in update”.
Please ensure that you’re internet connection speed is at least 800 Kbps (or 0.8 Mbps); you can check this here:http://www.speedtest.net/
This test will tell you if it’s at least possible for you to watch the live broadcast, but it does not unequivocally determine whether or not your internet connection can sustain a 800 Kbps download for long periods of time.
If you have a lot of dropouts or video freezes, you can try (in order) refreshing the webpage, re-booting your computer (turn off, turn on), re-booting your internet router, or go through the items mentioned previously.
If you’re having problems you can ask the chat room for help or email
I also recommend highly that you use headphones or powered speakers to listen to the broadcast – many laptop built-in speakers aren’t powerful enough to clearly hear the audio.
The video recording of the live broadcast will be posted for on-demand viewing by the next day. We also send a transcript of the chat room and any pertinent pictures from each session along with the video links.
That’s all for now – see you soon.