mr lawson: Harry_Seldon: Not that using a computer as a phone is a bad ideait is my only phone now.Sooooo happy to get rid of the cell phone.leave a message and i'll get back to you....maybe.My headphone...let me show it to you
HawgWild: Oh, man, I hope so. I HATE conference calls!
verbaltoxin: Considering multimillion dollar businesses still use fax machines VAXes, I'm gonna mark that as "no."
Harry_Seldon: We use Microsoft Lync. Works great. I talk to people all over the world with clarity of talking to someone next door. Everyone has a USB headset. We can talk 1:1 or conference calls, share chat session, screens, and documents. It works nearly flawless.
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.
mr_a: I used to work for a Japanese company. Conference calls with headquarters often consisted of 6 Americans sitting around answering emails while the speakerphone spewed out thousands of words per minute of Japanese.It always felt like I had tuned in the wrong channel on cable TV.
mike_d85: I'll be brief, I have a conference call in 26 minutes.The author is right. Every time you get into a conference call you miss out on quality FACETIME. It's like a horrible trap you can't eSKYPE from. Each time I get told to GOTOaMEETING I think "man, someone should invent some kind of conference system using video!"
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
Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: My company is considering using Google hangouts for our conference call needs.But the bosses are against it.They've seen the TV commercials and they think having to invite the Muppets will reduce productivity.
cwolf20: mike_d85: I'll be brief, I have a conference call in 26 minutes.The author is right. Every time you get into a conference call you miss out on quality FACETIME. It's like a horrible trap you can't eSKYPE from. Each time I get told to GOTOaMEETING I think "man, someone should invent some kind of conference system using video!"Not everyone is as high falutin as a big enough company that can afford to give all of their traveling people who are sitting using free wi-fi for a conference call, webcams for a web conference. And, not everyone on the conference call has pulled off at an exit instead of driving at 70 miles an hour while on speaker phone.
Day_Old_Dutchie: I'll just leave this herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQPretty much describes the teleconferences I've been on.
Pocket Ninja: It's possible that you and the people you work with are halfwits.
relaxitsjustme: TFA reads like a half dozen press releases copy and pasted together.
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.
eeyore102: I work with some incredibly smart people, but it's amazing how the first 15-20 minutes of every Google Hangout are spent on teaching the participants how to Internet.(CW IMs me) "Where is the hangout, can you invite me?"(I IM back) "Look in your calendar, there's a link there."(CW) "I can't find it, can you invite me?"(I invite him)(CW connects, then drops)(CW IMs me) "It didn't work, can you invite me again?"(other CW, in Hangout) "Check it out, I can make it give me a funny hat!"
Persnickety: Day_Old_Dutchie: I'll just leave this herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQPretty much describes the teleconferences I've been on.Was going to post this link if no one else did. Spot on.
ChewbaccaJones: The bigger the company, the more flaccid the grasp on new technology.We have had teleconferencing, Lync, IM, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc., etc. for years.Our company has invested in the latest tech services to have one-touch teleconferencing and point-to-point video meeting tech going on at least 5 years now.We have several VERY nice conference rooms outfitted with 60"+ HDTVs for such meetings.We have cameras that track motion for multiple speakers in teleconferencing callsWe have killer speakers in the ceiling and the industry's best polycoms for crystal-clear meetings across 4 states, 2 countries.yet 99% of our meetings are conducted via people using their own cell phones or cubicle's phones and they never enable their cameras.It is not because the tech is not available or even promoted...it is because the employees don't want to embrace new technology....actually, let me correct that: it is because ALL the employees don't want to embrace the new tech simultaneously.There could be IT driving innovation; yet because it would take an extra 5 minutes to learn the new technology, people from marketing or finance will say "let's just setup a conference call" OR "let's just get together in a room".The IT people and the Marketing people may say "lets setup a teleconference"...but the technological lowest common denominator will ALWAYS win because they will eat up half the meeting complaining they can't get on.I could easily telecommute to work...yet I drive my ass in EVERY DAY because of antiquated notions of "We have always done it this way, so we will keep on doing it this way."It is friggin aggravating. But at the end of the day, it is one of the lower-ranking items on the list of annoyances related to co-workers resorting to the "That's just how we do it."You wanna see really annoying? Watch a great company invest heavily in cutting edge BI technology just to watch them copy and paste from Access databases into 1000 excel files to do their reporti ...
orbister: Harry_Seldon: We use Microsoft Lync. Works great. I talk to people all over the world with clarity of talking to someone next door. Everyone has a USB headset. We can talk 1:1 or conference calls, share chat session, screens, and documents. It works nearly flawless.Yup. Same here. The problem has been solved.
Ambivalence: Pocket Ninja: It's possible that you and the people you work with are halfwits.I think this is very likely. I used to have to dial into a team lead meeting every week from home (because they always seemed to happen on my days off) and I would sit there with the phone muted playing video games through it.
groppet: Ambivalence: Pocket Ninja: It's possible that you and the people you work with are halfwits.I think this is very likely. I used to have to dial into a team lead meeting every week from home (because they always seemed to happen on my days off) and I would sit there with the phone muted playing video games through it.When we would have late coference calls to accomodate our west coast offices I would usually take them from home and like you on mute playing video games, kinda listening to something that 95% of didnt have anything to do with me.ampoliros: But almost every company we work with thinks it's the GD 1980s. Upgrading past two cans and a string just isn't in the budget. I'm on a crusade to destroy the fax machine and it just ... won't ... die. Then there are the clients who make tons of money and have nice setups in their conference rooms. The problem there is that only one guy knows how to sometimes make it work and he's out today.Im trying to kill the last two fax machines at my office, but some of the old timers cling to them til death. I dont think they understand that they can get a fax to their email or through one of those evil copiers with all the ligths and buttons that scare them so much.
ChewbaccaJones: The bigger the company, the more flaccid the grasp on new technology.
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