Large banner and tiny video frame, site rendering completely garbled for 8 seconds until fully loaded, signup required to view the slides (after realizing that the video doesn't cut to slides at all). The talks are interesting, and the interview transcription is nice though there are UX issues there as well– I need to click to view each response, and despite the entire question being hyperlinked clicking it actually does nothing. Show all works thankfully (ah, but the frame breaks my scroll).
I'll probably be back to check out more of the videos, but definitely not because of the site. If the editing is good, YouTube is just fine, otherwise SlideShare plus an audio file is just perfect.
[F] First Byte Time
[C] Keep-alive Enabled
[C] Compress Transfer
[A] Compress Images
[A] Progressive JPEGs
[F] Cache static content
[ ] Effective use of CDN
What is it about video + slides that appeals so little to people?
A full transcript with interleaved slide images takes a few minutes to read at most, and lets you control the pace of information absorption. A video with slides, especially when you cannot 2x the talking speed, is a painfully slow data transfer method.
Video + Slides = analog modem
Transcript w/ embedded slides = Google fiber :-)
Of course, if you're into audio books instead of reading, maybe you consider that a feature.
// I push video for a living. It's great for visual explanation like DIY instruction (e.g. woodworking, swapping RAM on a Mac Mini), emotional content, personal story telling, etc. Systems architecture is generally not in one of those categories.
> What is it about video + slides that appeals so little to people
I don't have a solid block of 40 undisturbed minutes to listen to a talk. Give me a transcript and I can read a paragraph here and there as I do other things at my own pace. I might have ten minutes here, ten minutes there. I don't want to be constantly pausing/unpausing the video, or worse - switching between the video and my music.
Plus, if I concentrate, I could read a 40 minute talk in 20 minutes or less.
Basically, when I'm reading, I control the pace. I rarely watch videos that are longer than about 5 minutes (that aren't entertainment, which is entirely different).
I can read a slide deck at a rate of 5s/slide (or faster), pausing to concentrate on the ones that interest me. I don't have the spare time to watch a video of someone, just in case the topic is interesting.
Site kinda sucks and is annoying to use for those of us that prefer textual resources and the ability to flip through slides ourselves without clicking around a teensy tiny 1-px sized gaps between slides.