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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2012, 10:02:00 AM »
Err, the only thing about Skype is that it seems to lag pretty badly if you have more than 3 people connected on one call.  At least that has been my experience attempting to Skype with family during the holidays.  I don't know how it would work with a big group of people, but of course there's no harm in trying.
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2012, 10:03:23 AM »
Err, the only thing about Skype is that it seems to lag pretty badly if you have more than 3 people connected on one call.  At least that has been my experience attempting to Skype with family during the holidays.  I don't know how it would work with a big group of people, but of course there's no harm in trying.
Never tried it except one-to-one. Are you (or is anybody) aware of a better multi-user system?
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2012, 04:41:17 PM »
Err, the only thing about Skype is that it seems to lag pretty badly if you have more than 3 people connected on one call.  At least that has been my experience attempting to Skype with family during the holidays.  I don't know how it would work with a big group of people, but of course there's no harm in trying.
Never tried it except one-to-one. Are you (or is anybody) aware of a better multi-user system?

Google+ has Hangouts - I've been on a couple with multiple video feeds that seemed to work ok.

Skype's good for me too.

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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2012, 05:51:45 PM »
If Skype crashes or lags badly, an alternate backup is Paltalk. http://www.paltalk.com/

I know that it works well, even in a chatroom of more than a couple dozen people. It works best if one person hosts the chat and lets others talk by acknowledging them when they select their little 'hand raised/want to talk' thing. Also you can type all you want in the chat window :) and Paltalk works with video too.


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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2012, 06:11:41 PM »
If Skype crashes or lags badly, an alternate backup is Paltalk. http://www.paltalk.com/

I know that it works well, even in a chatroom of more than a couple dozen people. It works best if one person hosts the chat and lets others talk by acknowledging them when they select their little 'hand raised/want to talk' thing. Also you can type all you want in the chat window :) and Paltalk works with video too.
I shall look into this.
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2012, 06:13:57 PM »
I never liked the idea to give a company my credit-card data for what supposed to be a free service. That is one of the reasons why I never joined Skype. Anyway, it looks like that you'd need a Skype Premium account for participating in group video calls.
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2012, 06:17:24 PM »
Hellz ya, I'm in!

Evenings standard eastern time are best for me, but I'm pretty flexible.
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2012, 06:43:41 PM »
I never liked the idea to give a company my credit-card data for what supposed to be a free service. That is one of the reasons why I never joined Skype. Anyway, it looks like that you'd need a Skype Premium account for participating in group video calls.

Just for the record, you don't need to give Skype your credit card. :) I've used Skype for free in the past to communicate with students overseas, both video, and audio. I don't know about the group calls. I do know, though, that once you get more than 4 people in the room, it does start to lag a little bit due to the various net connections. Eh, I think it'd still be fun.


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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2012, 09:21:16 PM »
Just for the record, you don't need to give Skype your credit card. :) I've used Skype for free in the past to communicate with students overseas, both video, and audio. I don't know about the group calls.
You are right. Skype no longer requests my credit card, as long as I stick to the freebies (which unfortunately excludes group calls).
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2012, 12:32:19 AM »
If Skype crashes or lags badly, an alternate backup is Paltalk. http://www.paltalk.com/

I know that it works well, even in a chatroom of more than a couple dozen people. It works best if one person hosts the chat and lets others talk by acknowledging them when they select their little 'hand raised/want to talk' thing. Also you can type all you want in the chat window :) and Paltalk works with video too.
I shall look into this.

I have used paltalk...the problem with it is that some of the ads contain viruses so you either have to have awesome antivirus software or use it on a computer you don't care about.  I have a netbook for that purpose.

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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2012, 12:39:43 AM »
For skype, I've used it for group calls of up to 20 people (convention planning).  I didn't notice any lag but I'm also on a fiber optic connection and I think many of those calling in were on similarly fast connections.  I have not used it for group calls with people from overseas; but have had success with just one person from overseas.  Not sure about the video though; most people don't use it.  We also used it combined with people calling in via a conference line...via freeconferencecall.com (however that might be an expensive option for anyone calling in from out of area....which is why skype to skype is nice).

Google hangout would be a good alternative...I heard it was limited to 10 people; not sure if that is true.

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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2012, 08:12:32 AM »
If Skype crashes or lags badly, an alternate backup is Paltalk. http://www.paltalk.com/

I know that it works well, even in a chatroom of more than a couple dozen people. It works best if one person hosts the chat and lets others talk by acknowledging them when they select their little 'hand raised/want to talk' thing. Also you can type all you want in the chat window :) and Paltalk works with video too.
I shall look into this.

I have used paltalk...the problem with it is that some of the ads contain viruses so you either have to have awesome antivirus software or use it on a computer you don't care about.  I have a netbook for that purpose.
Well the virus risk rules paltalk out.
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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2012, 08:25:39 AM »
If Skype crashes or lags badly, an alternate backup is Paltalk. http://www.paltalk.com/

I know that it works well, even in a chatroom of more than a couple dozen people. It works best if one person hosts the chat and lets others talk by acknowledging them when they select their little 'hand raised/want to talk' thing. Also you can type all you want in the chat window :) and Paltalk works with video too.
I shall look into this.

I have used paltalk...the problem with it is that some of the ads contain viruses so you either have to have awesome antivirus software or use it on a computer you don't care about.  I have a netbook for that purpose.
Well the virus risk rules paltalk out.

Wow. I didn't know that about Paltalk. Last time I used it was a couple years ago. Yikes. That might explain a few issues I had with my computer shortly after...  :P


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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2012, 10:23:50 PM »
I just looked at Skype and it looks like group video requires a fee.  Which is not to say that we need a video, just thought it would be nice to see your smiling faces.

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Re: HAF Virtual Meetup
« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2012, 10:36:50 PM »
I just looked at Skype and it looks like group video requires a fee.  Which is not to say that we need a video, just thought it would be nice to see your smiling faces.

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