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Welcome to the future

So, today we had a meeting. Two of us were on one campus, two others were on our other campus.

IT was supposed to set up Go to Meeting (which we've used before), but A) it wasn't set up before our start time, B) when they did come to set it up the laptop they brought wouldn't load, and C) when I brought mine it connected fine, but since I'm on a low priority list for tech (being a humanist and all) it has neither microphone nor camera. So, we could see them, but they couldn't see or hear us using GtM.

Of course, while we were dealing with A and B above, the meeting organizer asked if either of the members at the remote site had an iPhone.

They did (a version in the 4 range), so we used her iPhone and his using FaceTime.

Next time, we're just going to bring iPads and use FaceTime and skip the entire issue with IT and Go to Meeting.

It was surreal. And cool.

(And GtM dropped out halfway through, even when it had been set up so we could at least see them on something larger than the iPhone screen.)



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Sep. 25th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
I love technology, and good on you guys for taking advantage of it.

My group has had several meetings now where someone is home for a reason or other, and we've had good luck with Google Plus video chat. It takes up a decent amount of the CPU but we find it sounds better than the abysmal voice speakerphone.
Sep. 25th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
I reiterate, your tech support guys should be shot and replaced.
Sep. 27th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
And so we begin to see the benefit of modern hardware devices from giganto companies tuned to do video conferencing. The whole industry seems to be in an integration revolution.
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