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Gmail Video Chat

Since I have a computer with a webcam, as most laptops are these days, I've enabled video chat.  Obviously this won't be my default, because...well, it never should be.  It looks to be a cheap alternative to, say, Skype.  For those of you with whom I like to talk or would like to talk (hey Canada crew, this means you) if you set up Gmail this is something we can do.  It's not at all difficult.

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miafeliz
Jun. 1st, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Ah man, that's really cool. Deployment is getting close.
brotherskeeper1
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Sounds great! I just bought a video cam and still need to learn how to use it. Just haven't had time to read the instructions yet.

garpu
Jun. 1st, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Not sure if gmail vid chat works...bug me and I can test it out on the laptop.
electorprince
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've got the gmail, but Beast II has no integrated webcam or mic. I will shop for an upgrade and see what the damage would be for an external.
kishiriadgr
Jun. 1st, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Externals would be the easiest alternative.

Let me guess. You bought a Dell?
electorprince
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Gateway. It was $80 and used.
kishiriadgr
Jun. 1st, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Eeyew. Even worse. Better than no computer at all though.
taxlady
Jun. 1st, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've got Gmail, just no webcam. Hmmm, I have bluetooth on Speedy, so I wonder if there is a way to use my phone's camera.

How is it a cheap alternative to Skype? I thought Skype was free to other Skype users.
kishiriadgr
Jun. 1st, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Skype is still a monthly fee, plus you have to buy the headset.
taxlady
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I just checked. It says that video calls are free.

Monthly fee? The only monthly fee I can find is for people who want a discount on calling non-Skype phones and/or sending SMS via Skype.

On the other hand, Gmail is accessible from a browser, so no other software is needed.
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