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Journal stoolpigeon's Journal: Google+ Hangouts 2

Participated in a Hangout for the first time today. I've watched some that were recorded on youtube but this was the first where I've been a participant. I've got to say that it was pretty slick.

The weak point was the audio. It was o.k. but sometimes there was a lot of echo. Other than that though it was pretty impressive. As our organization moves to Google Apps I imagine I'll be using it a lot more. When my kids see the goofy little graphics that can be put into the video they are going to flip.

The other two participants today were on Windows 8 - I was using my Fedora 18 machine. I had to install something to get it to work but Chrome helpfully gave me a list of options for the install and one was a 64 bit rpm. Nice.

I'm not naive about Google - and things could go all square shaped fast with them but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I love the convenience and functionality they bring to my life.

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  • I did a Google hangout once. Same issues with the audio - lots of echo, clumsy interface to turn off the individual mics via software.

    • hm - well hopefully they will get it fixed. It does not seem to do as good a job as skype as cutting that stuff out. I'll be messing with it more the next few weeks. We'll see how it goes.

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