Bataan Death March 3
The Fast and the Furious.
Afterwards you can stay for some movies.
Zoom has decided to take on the software world's most dangerous mission: attempting to offer productivity tools that rival those bundled into Microsoft Office 365. The vidconf company's efforts involve an email and calendar client baked into its core app. This, the company claims, represents welcome relief from "Toggle Tax" – …
I wholeheartedly agree, but sometimes figuring out what offset needs to be applied can be difficult.
Of course on this side of the pond there are sometimes issues where you've forgotten to apply the offset and don't notice until the end of March because UTC and GMT are essentially the same (yes, I do know the intricate differences, but those have never had any impact on my code)
Until the recent update notification zoom was unique in being simple, functional, reasonably stable and accessible from almost any laptop of tolerable vintage. Now they're throwing all this away in a rush to catch up with the supposed competition at the expense of the user . This does not really make sense as zoom's position was unique, and its downsides can be painful. I'm scheduled to deliver a presentation via zoom in early December but zoom will quite possibly no longer work on my "legacy" but still functional laptop by then, so I'll have to buy a new one just to be able to present. I call that counterproductive.
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Protect your Intellectual Property, run you own conferencing system !
I ran a Jami Server and it worked quite nicely. Basic Linux skills are sufficient. If you do not have them, hire a Linux man from your local Linux User Group.
Also, rent a Linux server from a local cloud provider at something like $50 per month. Installation should be possible in one hour of work by a Linux Expert.
If the number of users is small ( < 6) and your DSL line is moderately capable (100/10Mbit/s or better) then you can even use your own Linux server to host the conference server program.
Indeed. I'm in a non-work related group comprising all age ranges, and some of the oldest members really struggle with the most basic tasks. One is also clueless on etiquette and has a camera in a low position pointing up his hairy nostrils. He also fidgets none stop and talks over everyone else.
... That's low-tier fibre or cable territory across most of North America. Assuming that either is even theoretically available at all.
In my region (Ottawa Valley), you might be lucky to get 1.5M (yes, one point five megabit) down and 128k-512k up if you're on the right (wrong?) street. >10M is iffy in many areas, and VDSL of any flavour is nearly impossible to get outside of a handful of specific streets.
I like to use separate tools for separate jobs. If everything handles email ... which one do I use ?
This is partly trying to keep the user always in their product ... but life is not like that, you are not always in conferences (unless very unlucky).
It also gives zoom the ability to look through emails to profile the user to be further able to sell stuff.
Use separate tools and reduce the privacy gouging that the tools can do. Use open source stuff: even better for privacy.
Jacks of all trades is a master of none.
So either Zoom don't really understand object-linking or the Outlook API is rubbish.
In Outlook I have installed the Zoom tools, so from the Outlook toolbar I can one click into Zoom.
It shouldn't be that difficult for Zoom to implement similar tools in its toolbar, so when for example I click on the Calendar tool/icon in Zoom, it takes me straight to my Outlook (or whatever calendar application I've defaulted to).
The problem Zoom have created is that now users will have two different email clients (one being much less functional) with access to their mailbox with different ways of achieving the same thing.
It's a race to be Microsoft's next trillion dollar acquisition. Microsoft has created a toxic process for product design that is incapable of listening to actual user feedback or producing a sufficiently functional product on their own. Hence the keep buying things like Skype for way too much money.
Teams has been worked over to the point you can no longer recognize most of it, so they need to buy a new Skype to "fix" the product they broke and it's going to either be Discord or Zoom. Not buying someone isn't an options, as that would not only be to admit defeat, but to admit to flushing billions of dollars down the crapper to buy Skype, and then wreck it by turning it into something nobody using the old products really asked for.
So much like Symantec they need a blood sacrifice in the form of a more agile and vital company, which can handle the corrosive and toxic influence of their product managers and market research people for at least a couple of years. One they can bolt their bad ideas onto until the foundation starts to crack.
The path is clear and well worn. Once you add email, you have to deal with the large population of biz users that can't conceive of email that isn't Exchange. So they will whine, bully, or bribe Zoom into adding exchange support. Once that is build the oven timer is set, and when it pops, Microsoft shows up and starts asking for due diligence. Or they sell to Google, who will just cancel it without notice after a few years, transfer the best devs to other projects and then fire everyone that is left.
Facebook can't afford them anymore, and wouldn't give the time of day to a "legacy" 2d video system. If Zoom had added 3d support instead that might have gone the other way, but I think Zoom made the right call there.