Pocket Ninja: It's possible that you and the people you work with are halfwits.
Harry_Seldon: Everyone has a USB headset.
mikefinch: Nope -- once a month I sit there on the phone marvelling at how more than half of my co-workers managed to dress and feed themselves up to this point.\We should post the numbers and times for our calls and just crash them all for each other...
Pocket Ninja: Every day, at 6:30 a.m., I join a conference call with colleagues on the East Coast. I call an 800 number, then enter a six-digit conference room number, then a PIN. And despite the group remaining largely unchanged, once a week, something goes wrong. When I conference with outsiders, there's a problem every other call. There's the "oops I got the wrong dial-in" problem. There's the "PIN is too long to remember" problem. There's the "is so-and-so on the line?" problem. And the "someone hasn't muted the line and is a mouth breather" problem.It's possible that you and the people you work with are halfwits.
profplump: Harry_Seldon: Everyone has a USB headset.Headsets would help a lot even on traditional calls. Even dedicated speaker phones are pretty bad in terms of audio quality and generally speaking cell phone/desk phone speakerphones are downright terrible. A $15 headset for all participants would solve those problems, but for some reason it's only available to people using their computer as a phone./ Not that using a computer as a phone is a bad idea
Harry_Seldon: Not that using a computer as a phone is a bad idea
mr lawson: My headphone...let me show it to you
Danger Avoid Death: The biggest problem with playing TitanFall on XBoxOne conference calls?[media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com image 500x426]
AngryDragon: I see NPR is approaching CNN levels of "journalism"
Danger Avoid Death: AngryDragon: I see NPR is approaching CNN levels of "journalism"NPR only mentions tweets. CNN would have based their whole story on tweets. They would have set up a conference tweet with a bevy of celebritards all twittering and tweeting away in the twitterverse while the CNN "news" staff all circle-jerked their way to a tweeterful twittergasm.
AngryDragon: Danger Avoid Death: AngryDragon: I see NPR is approaching CNN levels of "journalism"NPR only mentions tweets. CNN would have based their whole story on tweets. They would have set up a conference tweet with a bevy of celebritards all twittering and tweeting away in the twitterverse while the CNN "news" staff all circle-jerked their way to a tweeterful twittergasm.Although true, I hope you felt dirty after typing that.
bbcard1: We do a fair number of conference calls here. The reason people do them at their desk is to that they can "multitask" which means being non-productive at more than one thing at a time.Favorite conference call moment from a female colleague in the advertising industry...During the idle chit chat while you are waiting for everyone in three offices to get on the line, a guy starts talking about his recent vacation to the Grand Canyon and how much fun he had. My friend says:"One time I went down on a donkey."Everyone in all three offices erupted in laughter. Took her quite a while to live that one down.
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