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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Finally got a Webcam going.

After lots of fiddling with a reasonable recent version Samsung Mini DV Camera, I was able to get it up and working as a Webcam.

I remebered when I bought the camera abut 3-4 years ago, and reading the book, it said that it could be used as a Webcam via the USB connection. Unfortunately, since then I have changed OS to Vista x64, and I couldn't get a USB driver that would load on my system.

Someone suggested that I try streaming the camera via the IEEE (Firewire interface). Lo and behold, there came the shout EUREKA!!!

Since then I have downloaded the free SKYPE software that lets you do video calls to others.

I sent out invitations to all my contacts, and Wednesday, Doug (http://dgls-57.blogspot.com/) called me and we setup a video call. I've known Doug for several years vis Blogger, Facebook, and originally Bigblog. We have also exchanged emails of that time.

It was great to be able to talk face to face with someone you have only known via the written word. This is the way it should be with the technology now available at such reasonable prices. In fact, it cost me nothing to get up and running, since I already had a camera that I could use. That is probably true for most people if they only knew it.

That first contact via video, brought back that same thrill as the first time someone (Grotty) commented on my first blog. It's given me a new lease on web life so to speak.

As you can see, I'm running off at the mouth just like I used to.

That's enough for now, my Son is calling me on Skype ---

Cheers all.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Windows Live 2009

Join me on Windows Live to chat...