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Video and Voice calls over the internet.

Very Previous date. 2007

I am on a Lego League team this year, as I have been the last two years and I have moved twice. Going on three Lego League seasons, last year I moved from southern MN up more northernly. This year, Before the season even starts, I will be moving to FL. I will be doing a exchange team with the rest of my FLL (First Lego League) team in Minnesota. We will be using Webcams and Skype. You can download Skype here: Download Skype Here This will be Skype 3.2 you will download. Skype 3.2 is very good, It looks very advanced. Though you can use Skype for chatting like Windows Live Messenger, AIM, Google Talk etc etc. You can also Video call, As you probably know, But to do this you will need a webcam. Me and my team bought two Logitech QuickCam PTZ for $60 each, They were on sale, They are normally $130 each. Like in Wikepedia, Go ahead, Post comments, Make this site better, feel free to put your email for further contacting.

Previous Date. 2007
It’s further into our lego season now. We have been using Skype, Windows Live Messenger, and we tried to use NetMeeting. Skype works most of the time. Windows Messenger works as we use Remote Assistance to program. Netmeeting didn’t work at all, But since NetMeeting and Windows Messenger are both from Microsoft we tried the other, (Windows Messenger) It worked fine. The only reason we tried using NetMeeting was because we wanted to use the Remote assistance. At the time we didn’t know Windows Messenger supported Remote Assistance, We tried NetMeeting, It didn’t work so we used Windows Messenger. Remote Assistance is where you can share control of another computer screen through Windows Messenger. To setup windows Messenger (It should already be on your system) Just go to “Start” “All Programs” and scroll up and down until you see Window Messenger. To log on though you have to have a Hotmail or AOL account. If not go to aol.cocm or msn.com and sigh up. Then sign in, Add some contacts. Once one of your contacts is online then start a chat (double click on the name) click “Actions” the click ask for remote assistance. The other user should accept you invitation to start remote assistance. now you should be all set.
October 13 2007.
We’ve been having problems with remote assistance for awhile now. It seems that the problem is that Hickory Tech, Our internet Provider, Doesn’t let us use remote assistance for reasons I can’t remember. But anyway. We can’t get Windows Messenger’ Remote Assistance to work. That’s a huge problem. As I’m reading up on this, Okay actually looking up a new program. I found out that you should try this before you give up on Windows Messenger’ Remote Assistance. Do the following.
  1. Click Start

If you don’t have a My Computer icon in your Start menu then ignore the 7 steps and go down until you get to step 1. again.

  1. Right click on My Computer
  2. Scroll down until you see Properties and click Properties
  3. Now you should see a window called System Properties
  4. Now click the tab Remote
  5. Now there should be a check box with the text Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer directly off to the right of the check box. If that check box isn’t checked check it.
  6. Now there should be a button that reads Advanced… Click the button.
  7. Now check the check box under the text Remote control The text reads Allow this computer to be controlled remotely

If all those check boxes are already checked then just click the button Cancel until both windows close.

  1. Right click Start Menu and scroll down until you get to Properties, Click Properties
  2. Under the tab Start Menu there are to check circles. Make sure the check circle Start menu is checked
  3. Now click the button Customize…
  4. Now there’s a window open called Customize Start Menu now click the tab Advanced.
  5. Now there’s a little box where you can scroll up and down. Scroll down until you see the section My Computer now check the check circle as Display as a link
  6. Now click OK
  7. Now click Apply

Now follow the following steps.

  1. Right click on My Computer
  2. Scroll down until you see Properties and click Properties
  3. Now you should see a window called System Properties
  4. Now click the tab Remote
  5. Now there should be a check box with the text Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer directly off to the right of the check box. If that check box isn’t checked check it.
  6. Now there should be a button that reads Advanced… Click the button.
  7. Now check the check box under the text Remote control The text reads Allow this computer to be controlled remotely

If all those check boxes are already checked then just click the button Cancel until both windows close.

November 5 2007

Well that didn’t work. It turned out that it was something to do with the internet provider, so we moved everything to our coaches house. If that didn’t work for you then your either 1. doing something wrong (more likely) or 2. it’s your internet provider. If it’s your internet provider the only thing I can suggest is that you change internet providers. If your doing something wrong then I don’t know what it is.

November 17 2007

We’ve been using Skype and Windows messenger, not Windows Live Messenger, to do our voice calling and out video feed, among other things. I’m disappointed with Skype! There’s a echo whenever I unplug my headset to hear better so that’s not an option. and the sounds delayed. It’s like saying something into a recorder and then playing it back again. This problem isn’t all that much persistent but it’s bad enough to be annoying. Why can’t Windows Live Messenger have Remote Assistance too? I mean, it’s kinda dumb that I have to use Windows messenger that looks like it was from windows 98 to do high end screen sharing. So why make another version and leave some great features? The video streaming isn’t easy to use either, I haven’t got it to work through Windows messenger yet! Cords cords cords, I hate them! I just got a Wireless mouse from Logitech so that’s one less cord than I had before but when hooking up two headsets up to the computer it’s really confining to have to stay within about two or three feet in the compute, I can’t even stretch my legs. I did buy a wireless Bluetooth headset from Plantronics just to find out that my Bluetooth dongle from Abe that I bought form Lego.com wont work on anything but my NXT robot! Yea I know! Stupid! I paid $40.00 for that too! on top of $40.00 for the Plantronics headset! I sent the headset back but kept the Bluetooth dongle because I’ve had it for about a year or so. I tried to contact Abe but their contact page came up as invalid, how convenient!

November 27 2007

Well our tournament is in a couple days. We’re flying out in two days. This’ll be fun. Now to get to the technical part. We had problems with Skype at our open house on Sunday. We couldn’t even connect! When it did connect for about one sec it froze up. I’m really not happy with Skype whatsoever. It takes up 99% of the computers precess! So I get about 1% to try to connect on Remote Assistance. We could, theoretically do video and voice on Windows Messenger but we can’t get the to work! I don’t know if it was the internet connection or the lack of processing power but Remote Assistance wouldn’t even connect last time we tried to use it. I’m fairly happy with Remote Assistance though, not Windows Messenger since the voice and video part don’t work for us. Depending on weather we advance to the state tournament or not will decide if I write more about this. Though I would not recommend doing this exchange team thing with the short tempered (ME) because you have next to not control on what goes on over there. Sure they’ll try to incorporate you and all but it’s not the same. I guess I would say Skype could be good if you have a extremely high end computer to run it, or next to nothing on your computer to use any process. Even then Skype has inconsistent sound quality and inconsistent video quality depending on Internet connection. Maybe that could happen with any program your using but Skype takes up to much computing power. Same thing with Remote Assistance. It’s good and all for it’s purpose but if you have are sharing control the other computer responds slowly as will yours. I wouldn’t try other internet computer sharing programs though, who knows who’s on the other end? sure it could be the person you want it to be but what if it isn’t? major system crash! private data gone! pictures and everything gone or accessible to the hackers liking. You don’t have to be over cautious though, but if you are just buy a Mac. You definitely wont have as much applications at your disposal, you wont be able to download all the things you find on the internet…. (See my page PC V.S Mac for details on the subject) But at least you wouldn’t have to worry about all those scary virus’s and who knows what else anymore! Your Call.

November 28 2007

We’re flying out tomorrow so I wont be able to write this entry until after our tournament so I’m doing it now. Skype worked today, the first and second time we tried to log on it didn’t work out. The third time though it worked out fine. The first and second time Skype froze up when I tried to start my video. Same thing with the second. But the third time I just said I wouldn’t start my video so it worked, partially. We didn’t use Remote Assistance today so I don’t have much to say about today other than I really don’t like Skype.

 

December 13 2007

Well we advanced to state placing 1st over-all. The tournament was, I though, low key but everyone says it’s just that I’m comparing it to the State tournament. I would like to tell a quick story about communication.

Two companies were building some planes, one company from France and the other from Germany. Each company would build half of the plane, (they built them one at a time) Now they spent millions building about four planes, these planes have miles and miles of cords running through them and if you make a mistake it could, in this case, would cost billions to fix. So they finished both halves of the plane and one guy went to hook the planes cords together. One plane had circle connectors. The other had square connectors. As he tried to hook them together he found they wouldn’t hook together, as they were circle and square. His reaction was “Oh ****!” (Use your imagination) Now they had to pay billions to re-wire all the planes. People lost they’re jobs. Life went on.

Well Lego was yesterday. Skype took up 90%-95% of my computer process, remote assistance wouldn’t work, it wouldn’t connect and my computers been ruining slow. I’ve been running CCleaner, AdAware when I didn’t have problems with it (I’ve had to re-install it about 3-4 times. I still think it’s a good program but it’s getting annoying) I’ve been scanning my computer with Symantec AntiVirus. I’ve been running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter. But it refuses to speed back up. I have no idea what’s wrong.

About 30 minuets later. Same day.

Mozilla Firefox was taking up 70%-95% of my computer process, Weird.

December 18 2007

We had Lego yesterday and will have it tomorrow so you can expect another post before Christmas. Skype made my computer slow as usual. Remote assistance didn’t work the first time. But it did work the second time. I forgot how frustrating it is to program using Robolab 2.9 over Remote Assistance, when I move the cursor there’s a delay so I have the cursor at one place and the icon is in another. Skype calls dropped a couple of time and then it froze up once or twice. It recovered and we were able to resume our call but still, it was frustrating that after taking up that much usage I would think it would be able to at least be able to give me good call quality, I guess internet connection contributes some though.

December 22 2007

We had lego last Wednesday and Skype, as usual, was problematic, and next to useless. I would have thought that if I had only voice going it wouldn’t take up as much CPU usage? Nope. Still the same amount. We didn’t use video on our side because whenever we tried Skype would freeze and then drop the call. I will be giving a first term review (the second term review will come at the end of out FLL year, or before and then, depending on what I feel like) this post. We also had problems with the sound, but it was easily fixed. It’s just the presence of the problem. One good thing about problems is, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the good things if there weren’t problems to compare them with.

My review.

This enabled us to communicate fairly efficiently and it wasn’t worth trying to switch during the middle of the year. If I was just using this program for personal use I would have ditched it and tried Windows Live Messenger, AOL, Yahoo! messenger or something else. It isn’t for the less tech savvy of us, it’s fairly hard to find out where your Ad-ons are if you don’t know where exactly they are, and the button to check for updates is fairly hard to find. It takes up too much computing power for a older computer, and even if you have a new computer it probably will put lot of stress on your system. I have a Intel Pentium M Processor, 512MB RAM and Microsoft XP home edition XP SP2. I will give this program a 3 star out of 5 stars.

January 3 2008 5:32 PM

I’m on Skype right Yahoo! messenger and about to be on Windows Live trying to find an alternative to Skype as it wont work at the FLL state tournament. It remarkably only used about 23% to 93% (about once it made it to 93%) I was shocked! After all this time. It must be a fluke.

January 3 2008 5:42 PM

I’ve acomplished a video call with Windows Live Messenger and it works great. The quality isn’t great so far but neither was Skypes. It only takes up less than 20% of my CPU usage! that’s so good. Yahoo! hasn’t worked so far though. Be back with more soon.

January 3 2008 5:48 PM

Actually Windows Live messenger takes up more than I thought. Not comparable to Skype. But I don’t know yet.

January 3 2008 6:01 PM

You might see a screen with text like this: You cannot place a call because Messenger is not currently connected to the voice service. This is either because you are behind a restrictive firewall or because we are fixing a problem with the voice service. You like me might be having problems with any messenger/voice call service if you’ve downloaded it. Here’s a guide to help you out.

  1. Go to the Control Panel under the Start menu
  2. Click Security Center
  3. Click Firewall

You will see a list congaing the programs that are allowed to work through the Firewall. Select the program that your having trouble with if it’s unselected.

January 4 2008

 

The reason we can’t use Skype at the State tournament is because the school is paranoid about security. They won’t even let us have a LAN connection. The only thing they’ll let us connect with is Yahoo! Messenger. Weird. True some IM or voice call services are more secure than others but Yahoo! IM? I don’t think they’re renowned for their IM security. Not that it’s bad but they’re not renowned for it. It’s weird though. I’m having huge problems with Yahoo! Messenger. I can’t get it to put a call through to my friend in Minnesota. At least Skype let me connect regardless of the call quality. If I started my video I could only see it, not my friend in Minnesota. If he started his I saw his fine but sound wasn’t built in to that feature. Windows Live Messenger worked fine. It did slow my system sometimes but not as much as Skype. I think though when the rest of my team is there is a lot more sound to transmit so that would make it a lot harder on my system. His system was really slow though. When I first tried downloading Yahoo! Messenger the file was called something like msgbus8.exe or something like that. I though it said wingub8.exe (Windows Bug 8.exe) and rejected it the first time. Then when I tried downloading it again I read it more carefully and found it to say msgbus8.exe. Cheers.

 

January 7 2008

 

Skype was miserable today. I was using Microsoft Word and it kept freezing up along with my mouse. It wasn’t using as much CPU usage though. My mouse kept freezing too. It wasn’t only from Skype though; the System was taking up CPU usage in the double digits. Skype’s sound is horrible today, a bunch of beeps and other in comprehensible noises. It might be because there’s a lot of sound being transmitted, another one of my theories. File transfer is okay, not to slow when I’m sending files. Really slow when they’re sending files though. The Skype call dropped and I watched the CPU usage. Skype’s CPU usage went to 00, when I answered the call again it jumped to 11 then 21 to its normal rate. Its CPU usage is better now (I’m writing this is real time) something is taking up a good amount of CPU usage though; System is in the low double/single digits. Something called Apoint.exe was taking up CPU usage in the lower double digits a minute ago. Skype isn’t the only program to slow the computer down out there. It sure does a good job though. Skype’s still in the lower double digits. This is probably because it is having less sound to transfer at the moment as only about three people are talking and a robot running. It might not be taking up as much, though, because I don’t have my video on. It was dropping the call earlier when I tried to start my video. I’m going to start Remote assistance.

Remote Assistance is being started now. I t didn’t work the first time. Oh well, Try try again. It worked the second time. I can’t figure out what’s Remote Assistance is because it’s not taking up enough CPU usage, maybe I was wrong, Remote Assistance isn’t a bad system clog. It’s Skype and all the petty little processes, although Skype’s not taking up a lot of CPU usage. Note to self and anyone who’s trying to find Remote Assistance in Windows Task Manager. It’s probably called HelpCtr.exe; if I’m wrong please tell me. I like being right. Skype’s little messages are so annoying! “Skype can hear high background noise levels. Move away from noise sources if possible” Well I can’t. It runs throughout my whole house. I know! I’ll pick up my laptop/desktop, webcam and all the other necessities and move! Not. Some error messages are so impractical.

The right side is reserved for personal comments.

I think this work out much better in real time. Much more content. (I think everyone’s edgy today)

The ultrasonic sensor is so so unreliable.

Hardly practical for FLL, along with the sound sensor.

Cats are so annoying when you’re trying to concentrate.

Comments are so important in programming.

HelpCtr.exe is definitely Remote Assistance.

Trying to run Skype, Remote Assistance and Robolab 2.9 is hard but awesome.

Robolab 2.9 hardly takes up any CPU usage except when it’s starting up, and then it’s bad. Being very heavy on the CPU usage. Robolab is so much harder to use and learn than programming languages such as NXT G and Mindstorms. Though it is much more powerful and it has many more options than the latter options.

I might delete some users to save some computer memory,

Though, right now I’m not hurting for computer memory.

Skype’s video quality is bad; I don’t even have mine on! It’s all pixely. Tsk. Sound quality is good though.

Doing this in real time is definitely more gratifying.

It’s frustrating when Lego is supposed to end at a certain time but it never does.

It’s so frustrating when no one is paying attention.

I hate it when people are edgy, exaggerate the point and overreact on problem.

It makes everyone feel bad and makes for a bad practice.

It then it just comes back in a vicious cycle. Tsk Tsk.

Robots are so geniusly stupid before, after and while you program them, it’s only when they are running perfect that you really start to like them.

 

As long as I don’t have to concentrate to hard on one thing I can do this in real time.

Maybe I’ll do this more often.

Skype’s using a fairly good amount of CPU usage but it’s not laboring my system.

Odd. Usually it freezes, slows down my system and everything.

I have a whole lot of personal comments. Jeez.

Remote Assistance is really slowing the other system down though it’s not laboring mine at all. I guess it just depends on a few things to decide how much CPU usage Skype and Remote Assistance are going to use.

1. Internet connection. 2. Amount of data being transferred. Based on these two factors, I would hate to have Dial-up connection. Imagine, especially if you use Skype and Remote Assistance.

January 8 2008 January 7th recap.

Lego went well yesterday between people exagerating and having fits about every little mistake. Skype didn’t use very much CPU usage, neither did Remote Assistance (HelpCtr.exe in Windows Task Manager) I had Robolab 2.9 open. Robolab 2.9 doesn’t take up much CPU usage unless it’s starting up, then it makes everything slow. Remote Assistance jumped from somewhere around 11% CPU usage to 90% somethin CPU usage. Odd. I shouldn’t jump like that as it doesn’t have much to transmit besides images. Which brings me to a new idea. Make a program like Skype (but that’s much more reliable, has better sound and video quality etc,) where you can switch between seeing the other person to seeing their computer screen or do both at the same time. It would have features such as dropping and dragging files between two screens, saving files to internet hosts such as box.net or somewhere such as Yahoo! Briefcase. Before you would be able to do this you would have to enter a password and then the other person your going to exchange files with would have to agree. It would look like their screen was yours, if their screen was smaller or bigger than your screen it would shrink or enlarge without out getting all pixely to fit your screen. The video quality would be excellent, you would also be able to see their background as you can’t do that in Remote Assistance. There would be an extra tool bar at the bottom of the screen that would let you switch between seeing your screen, seeing the other persons screen or opening a chat, or dragging and or dropping files between the computer(s) or adding other people to a conference. I say computer(s) because you would be able to do a conference with two or more computers. This would help greatly if you and or the other person didn’t know how to do something or if you would like to have more than two people on there. You would be able to use video in this new program unlike in Remote Assistance and voice much easier than in Remote Assistance. It would combine many little features instead of using one huge package to save you CPU usage so that you could be managing other programs besides this program. It could also be mostly internet based so that there would be little strain on your computer because most of it would be internet based. It would take pictures of the others screen at about 200 FPS (frames per second), perfect for gaming, you would, of course, have to have high speed internet connection as it wouldn’t work with Dial-up connection. This extreme frame speed would greatly increase your productivity because you would 1. be able to see the other persons pointer or arrow so that you could see where you are pointing. 2. There wouldn’t be any delay between the time you move your mouse and the time you see your friends mouse move on his or her screen. You would be able to open all the programs (I have had problems opening certain programs in Remote Assistance) without problem. There would be various safe guards for you to take control of the other persons screen such as multiple passwords and an automatic internet encryption once you’ve connected to another’s computer. The other person would also be able to immediately stop you from having control over their computer by pushing a select key as they would decide what it would be. Only a person you’ve invited to come help you or work with you would be able to see your screen, if you wanted to have more than two people in your conference everyone would have to give their consent so that someone couldn’t just ask some one to come in. It would be great. And you would make millions.

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January 9, 2008 written. Posted on January 10, 2008

 

Well Lego is going okay (I’m doing this is real time again) Skype is back to taking up to much CPU usage, I’m about to start Remote Assistance so we’ll see about that. I think the rest of my Lego team figured out how to do Remote Assistance with Windows Live Messenger, I wish I knew how. Skype doesn’t always take up a lot of computing power, just when 1. I have a slow internet connection 2. I have a weak internet connection 3. There’s a lot of sound to transmit.

Some people are so un-observant; no one’s noticed my team mate is outside and the video’s on!

Well now I know how they did it. They logged on in Windows Live Messenger and asked for Remote Assistance through Help & Support center. Simple.

Well Remote Assistance isn’t very reliable. They had a stop-watch on their screen for 2.5 min. It went through 2.5 min but it still had 40 seconds on the view of their screen over here. Tsk Tsk.

January 10 written text.

Well I can’t believe I didn’t figure out how they were doing it with Windows Live Messenger! It was as simple as:

To log onto Windows Live Messenger or Windows Messenger if you don’t have Windows Live Messenger do the following steps.

1.Click Start and open All Programs. Scroll down until you see Windows Messenger and open it.

2. Log in using one of the following supported types in Windows Messenger: @hotmail.com, @aol.com account or a .edu account. These are the only email types I know that are supported in Windows Messenger. For Windows Live Messenger you will Have to have a @hotmail email address. Log on to one of the Messengers.

3. If your logged on in Windows Live Messenger follow step 3. If not then skip to 3.5. Once you’re logged on open Help and Support and click Invite a friend to connect to your computer with Remote Assistance. Click Invite someone to help you.

3.5. Double click on the contacts name that you want to connect to THIS computer. If you want to connect to your friend’s computer then they have to follow these steps. Once you’ve opened the chat window under Actions click Ask For Remote Assistance… Once your friend has accepted by clicking the link that asks them to accept you should be fine.

4. Click the online contacts name and click invite this person.

That’s it. It should work. If not try again. If it still doesn’t work check back for more solutions.

You can also save the invitation as a file and email it or send it over IM. You can require the recipient to use a password. If they don’t know you want to connect then un-check the box.
4. If you chose to save it as a file, once you’ve un-checked or confirmed a password then click Save File. Save the file to your Desktop or My Documents or some other easy to remember place, open up your email or IM client and send it away.

January 16, 2008

Today Lego started out great, as Skype didn’t use all that much CPU usage at first but it went to a climax about halfway through. I think Skype closed on it’s own about twice, dropped the calls about three times and hit 100% to many times to count. I decided to take a picture of the CPU usage as a graph. See the graph and other pictures below:

005.gif When it goes from nothing that’s when it was opening. The second dip was when the call dropped or when Skype closed momentairly. The third dips were when Skype closed and I took this and other pictures. As you can see Skype takes up about 100% (That’s when it’s all the way at the top) almost all the time. At first it was below 50% then it got bigger and bigger. When we go to the state tournament we might get access to a internet connection via Sprint or AT&T. This is isn’t for sure but it might happen.

January 21, 2008

It’s very frustrating when you only kinda know the problem and you can’t really see the piece that’s causing the problem. We’re supposed to be up to date but it’s hard to be when you have to make sure you know what you’re telling the judges and what you’re supposed to be saying but I guess it’s partly my fault. Partly. Partly because I’m 1. Not there. 2. Not there so it’s not as interesting 3. Not there so it’s harder to participate. 4. I still love doing it. Frustrating but fun. Lots and lots of fun. I learn so much every year and a bunch about technology.

January 22, 2008

Well as I look back Lego went okay yesterday, I was only on for about thirty to forty-five minuets although Skype still, in that little bit of time, managed to be a pain. It didn’t drop the call as far as I can remember, it had a hard time handling me starting my video though, it would get really slow, there would be no sound and then it would all come in a rush. I think it would be better if I had Skype start my video when I answered a call. Like I wrote yesterday “…It’s very frustrating when you only kinda know the problem and you can’t really see the piece that’s causing the problem and then it gets solved without you knowing what happened…” So. Well I have been having some problems with technology outside of Lego so I’m going to go into that. I recently downloaded TrueTransparency which let’s me make my window borders look like they would in another OS (Operating System). Anyway. I was running it while watching a video in Dell Media Center and whenever I made the window smaller I couldn’t see the image anymore. I’m also a little disappointed in Firefox. It’s odd that when you leave a(some) window(s) open it will start taking up more and more CPU usage. Well I guess no browser’s perfect. I got a close up look at the iPod touch yesterday, it’s pretty nice. Big screen, much better than the iPod but more expensive. I now have Virtual Machine on my computer, I haven’t tried it yet but I hear it’s nice. It’s said that you can run another OS on there, that’s common knowledge but you have to install the OS on your computer. Running Virtual Machine it is supposed to only take up MB (Mega Bytes) not GB (Gaga Bytes).

January 23, 2008

Well Skype hasn’t dropped any calls today; it’s stalled a couple of times though. It appears that on some computers don’t register the CTRL+S to save docs etcetera. We have found this out the hard way. None of our programs got saved since last Wednesday, January 17, 2008. I suppose taking your time does 1. Pay off. 2. Taking the short cut doesn’t always cut time. Skype doesn’t seem to be taking up to much CPU usage but the computer was really slow earlier, to the point that I had to restart it. Skype is so miserable. Between updating Dell Support Center and running Skype my mouse kept freezing! I hate Skype. It’s so so incompetent. Yahoo! Messenger and MSN messenger, which aren’t made especially for VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is better than this. Using TrueTransparency makes XP look so much better. It doesn’t have the 3D desktop of Vista but using TrueTransparency it just about makes it like Vista but with better functionality. We have to use phones for communication on the tournament because we wont be able to get Internet connection. Another thing I only partly understand is why do I have to see a program if it’s going to change by the time I get it downloaded to my computer and open it with Robolab 2.9? Here I go to open the file which made Word close and the Robolab and maybe Skype. Yep Skype closed. Jeez. I now have a Dell Support Center icon stuck in my notification area with no apparent way to get rid of it. You know that there’s a problem with Skype when you have two little icons in the notification area. Dell’s new Support Center is great! Lot’s of different info and it’s very easy to navigate through it.

Later the same day

Lego went okay I guess, we had major problems doing a conference call with three cell phones. It took us fifteen minuets to half an hour to get it to work! It’s ridiculous. It’s the only way we know of to get communication even if we had a cellular Internet card this would still be the way we would have to do this. We can’t use cellular Internet cards because there are cement wall which block the signal enough so that we can’t get enough signal to support Skype, the blood sucking program. Oh well. It can’t really be helped.
Oh but it can. We could use MSN messenger or Yahoo! Messenger but no. It’s got to be this. I’m not saying I know how to do it with Yahoo! Messenger and that it wont take up more or less CPU usage if we used a different program but I’ll go out on a limb and be optimistic. I know how to do a call on MSN and it worked our fine when I tried it on a previous date but I guess, after this short of time, and because it’s the very least of our problems with the tournament in two days, we’re ”set in our ways”. Well oh well. It’s really bad when you 1. get the same alerts about the same thing again and again and again. 2. You hear adjfkhvjdfhgjhafhdaghmjfhg (I’m not kidding!) instead of understandable English. 3. When a program (Skype) uses a ridiculous amount or CPU usage. I guess it’s understandable that it uses a good chunk of CPU usage but still. Why not have the camera stream video to a web address? Or use Twitter or whatever it’s called? Then use something simple to transmit voice? Then we, 1. Wont have dropped calls 2. It should not take up as much CPU usage. 3. Less CPU usage means less dropped calls, less problems, more productivity less time re-opening Skype once it’s closed. Well. I suppose, as I’ve said before, if the computer was new then it might use less CPU usage. Might. But maybe not. This computer was state-of-the-art two years ago. I know technology changes rally really fast but it shouldn’t force someone to buy a new computer for, possibly, a programs incompetence. Oh well. It can’t be helped.

January 24, 2008

Well Lego is great fun but everything has to come to an end sometime. Our state tournament is on Saturday so this is probably the last post until after the national May tournament. Look back on what I’ve said about Skype. Umm, bad, bad, bad-darn! I don’t think there’s any good things about Skype in here after November 17th! And it only lasted that long because it took us that long to get to use it in depth! Well then. It’s to bad. I think if I do it next year we’re definitely going to try other programs. I think I’m the only one besides my brother that thinks this way! because we’re the ones that have to sit in front of the screen for 2+ hours! I will, if not everyone, try out AIM, MSN messenger and Yahoo! messenger. We’ll see.

February5, 2008
Well I don’t know what to write about. I’ve done a lot on my page PC V.S Mac and I don’t know what else to do right now.
March 2, 2008
I’m not exactly doing Lego rite now, I’m using Skype to help build a website for the Lego club. Skype is taking up it’s usual, about 97-100% CPU usage, and guess what? THE CALL WAS DROPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 2, 2008 after I cooled down.
Now that the call has been re-connected Skype is still taking up the same amount as it was when it wasn’t connected. I had some difficulty’s with Skype earlier though, it wouldn’t connect at first then when it did the call dropped. Fun fun! and now guess what? I CAN’T HEAR ANYTHING AND THE CALL IS “STILL CONNECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
March 2, 2008 I needed to cool down again.
Well. This is going great.
March 28, 2008
Well yesterday I tried connecting to some of my cousins in Ohio over Skype, and wouldn’t you know it, Skype didn’t work! surprise surprise! we were trying to get a connection and I think it was their internet connection. I wasn’t running else besides Skype and it still didn’t work. Tsk tsk.
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