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The miracles of technology ... [May. 8th, 2012|08:46 pm]
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We're planning to put on a show in the Autumn - depending on the venue, either a 1 week preview in October followed by 3 weeks in Jan / Feb or 3 weeks in November. To discuss, we usually meet for coffee in the middle of town, but time pressures this week meant that we thought we could delve into the joy that is a Skype audio conference.

What's the first rule of any conference? First check your equipment.

So 7:30 came around, I joined the conference, I could hear everyone perfectly. Could they hear me? Not so much. A few text messages (because you can't IM someone who's in an audio conference with you) and checking my headset leads me to believe that my microphone is kerput.

Aware that there are 3 people waiting on me to sort my shit out, I dig through the box of bitstm that every geek has to find my spare microphone. This, unaccountably, is not in the box of bits.

So, I would like to thank Skype and Apple for inspiring / allowing me to download the Skype for iPhone app, install it on my phone and join the conference (15 minutes late, but still there) using my phone, essentially, as a working microphone.

We are living in the future ...
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[User Picture]From: yapman
2012-05-08 11:21 pm (UTC)

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You can IM somebody in an audio conference (we do it for a second simultaneous thread in PD meetings all the time), but Skype helpfully hides it from you unless you click on the right magic button.
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-05-09 09:06 pm (UTC)

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Thanks - I'll see if I can work out which mystery-meat button it is when next we meet.
[User Picture]From: kathbad
2012-05-09 08:35 pm (UTC)

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I had a similar experience on Monday - sitting at a picnic table at a show farm, talking on skype on my iphone to my Mum who was in the US.

Truly we are living in the future.