Monday, January 06, 2014

FaceTime

Talking to my friend "Lar" on FaceTime

One of the many pleasures of switching over to an Apple computer, after years of frustration and expense with Windows based computers is the use of FaceTime.  Oh sure, I know about Skype.  Skype sucks.  I used it and I found it difficult to navigate, cloudy images and all too frequently invaded by big breasted Russian escorts soliciting me for their services.  WTF?  I'm on Skype and all of a sudden I see cleavage from some woman who I don't know?  

An image not welcomed on my computer (not that there is anything wrong with boobs)


A few years ago I finally gave into the entreaties of my friend Larry and another friend and switched to Apple products after my new Dell computer crashed, the third Dell computer I had to crash.  Enough was enough.  Even though my Apple computer cost more up front, I haven't been putting out ANY money for bringing in my Computer Guy to figure out the latest freeze on my Windows based computer.  

Shortly after I set up my iMac a friend suggested that I try FaceTime.  I was reluctant because I didn't want to be bombarded with Russian cleavage again. My friend assured me this wouldn't happen with an Apple computer.  

Reluctantly I downloaded FaceTime.  Guess what?  It was easy (as are all Apple products and functions) and NO UNWANTED BOOBS.  As a matter of fact, my life is enriched by FaceTime.  Now I can stay in touch with good friends like Lar, Dr. Spo, the Cajun and Pat.  I love it!  

Pat making a point on FaceTime
Who says the Digital Age contributes to being out of touch with our friends?  I say functions like FaceTime increase our communications and staying in touch with friends.  

19 comments:

  1. Hey Ron - I have always used Mac because I heard it was user friendly, didn't crash - and had a feature called Garage Band which I liked. But I've got to thank you for introducing me to Face Time - it brings the conversation to a much higher level than just the phone experience.

    Great to see Lar there as well. I got to talk to him briefly while at your place over Face Time. Also hope everyone is enjoying at least moderate temps. Toronto is iced again with about -23 degrees with wind factor. And all the stores are salt supplies depleted. Must be end times. lol

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    1. Pat,
      I resisted a long time using Apple products because of the upfront costs but over the long run I've spent way more money getting the problems fixed caused by Windows based computers with their open platform. I just wish I had went sooner with an Apple based computer and thus saved myself a lot of money.

      I'm glad my friend Larry (the other "Larry") is attending Bloggerpalooza with his wife. They're both a lot of fun.

      Just think, this time next year you'll be out of that Tornonto ice and snow. You won't miss it, guaranteed.

      Ron

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  2. Hey Ron,

    I've been thinking, off and on, about dumping the PC (I have THREE of them) in favor of a Mac - "thinking", cuz "doing" costs $$$, and $$$ is currently in short supply. However; when my current project is complete and "rolling", the NEXT project might be a Mac.

    This "typewriter" I'm using is a slower-than-snail-$#!t Gateway Netbook that takes soooo long to load webpages, it errors out and droplocks. But it's tiny, and "stays lit" at Starbucks for over 6 hours on battery power alone. Photo editing is OK (again - real sloooow), but I've seen faster video streaming on 7-Eleven security cameras.

    Other former PC users (such as yourself) have marveled at the ease and simplicity of the transition into "Mac-speak". Once the "sticker shock" has passed, the speed and reliability of the Mac is unsurpassed (supposedly - Jay ... "Mr. PC Pro" ... please chime in. Is what I'm "seeing" real, or Memorex?).

    A buddy of mine had a fire on his boat. His Mac was on the boat, but was recovered. Despite being melted around the edges with a "smoke-screened" LCD, the computer continues to work. The startups, webpage uploads, document downloads, video streams, et al - are ALL virtually instantaneous. That's what sold me, in spite of Mac's "numbers" being less impressive than those of the PC genre (like "speed", hard drive, and RAM "capacity". Plus, I like their full performance features in a smaller package - and the backlit keyboard is a big + too.
    It is also said that Macs have no susceptibility to viruses (?).

    "Bravo Zulu" .......... Ray :)

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    1. Foggy,

      Windows based computer have an open platform so folks like Jay can play around with the operating system which is fine for customizing computer for specific companies. However, most people are like me with home computers. We neither have the capability or need to have an open platform operating system. All we want to do so have access to the Internet, e-mail, and perhaps some Word of Excel documents. Apple computers recognize this fact and that's why they have a closed operating system so PC gurus like Jay can't change them. My only regret is that I didn't go to Apple computers a long time ago. Even though they cost more to purchase up front, I don't spend money to have them constantly "fixed" because of system freeze ups and virus attacks. And yes, Apple computers don't have a virus problem although some would have you believe that they do. I will never go back to a Windows based computer. Sorry Mr. Softee, you'll have to get your money from someone else.

      Ron

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    2. I can't argue with this. Macs "just work". In fact, it's one of the defining things about them. This also applies to the iPhone. Want a phone that just works? Get an iPhone. No question on either count!
      Jay

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    3. Jay,
      We agree! That's all I want, a device that "just works." I'm not out to reinvent the world or to customize my own operating system. I don't have the time.
      Ron

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  3. The Digital Age is a complete enigma to me. I don't know a thing about FaceTime or Skype. Or Russian boobs, for that matter. There seem to be a helluva lot of Russian girls looking for American husbands. I have a feeling they all come here solely to get American citizenship. Then they kill their husbands and clean out the bank accounts.

    I can attest to the fact that Russian male ballet dancers are really HOT lovers, but that's another story for another time.....

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    1. Jon,
      I don't know why my Skype account was invaded by Russian call girls but it was. I only used it a few times to call a friend and my sister-in-law but it seemed like about a third of the time I was getting messages from these women wanted to get to know me. Then I got a couple with the photos of the boobs (like that was going to entice me) and that's what convinced me I didn't need Skype. I've never had that problem with FaceTime. At least not yet, knock on wood.

      Looking forward to your blog post on Russian ballet dancers.

      Ron

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  4. I've used both, and quite frankly have no usability preferences. I guess since I "do computers' for work, the issues (and both have issues the way I punish them, believe me) aren't as bad.

    I've never seen a boob on Skype. A penis yes, but not a boob. And the penis was intentional Don't know why you had all those issues with it, but unless I spend huge bucks for a Mac, I'm stuck with it, and use it regularly with no problems at ll.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      Working with an open operating system like Windows may work for you but not for the average computer user who isn't a PC guru. Plus I hated having to pay all that money to McAfee or Norton for virus protection, not to mention all the money I put out (several hundred dollars) to my local PC guy whenever I had a problem with my computer. I've had my Apple computers now for over two years and ZERO problems plus the computer is VERY user friendly. Sure, it cost a lot up front but over the long run it's been worth it and I've actually saved money. As Steve Jobs said "Computers should be fun, not work" or something like that.

      Ron

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    2. Windows is hardly an "open" operating system! In fact, OSX can far more easily be messed with! But I can't argue, like I said in reply to your answer to FOGGY, if you want a computer that JUST WORKS, Mac is the way to go.
      Jay

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    3. Jay,
      According to the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the main difference between Apple and Windows is that Apple has a closed operating system that can't be changed by IT guys. Windows however, has an operating system that can be "customized" for individuals and companies which is useful to those people. However, I like many other computer users just want a computer or a smart phone that is intuitive and easy to use. We don't buy these devices as brain teasers, we just want a system that is easy to use as fail safe as possible. I have found from too many year's experiences with both systems, that a Windows based system is basically unstable and very expensive over the long run to keep and more difficult to learn than the products put out by Apple. I had to bang my head against the wall for many years before I realized when I stopped banging my head and bought an iMad that my head didn't hurt anymore. At this time of my life, I want things simple. I don't need any unnecessary challenges, especially when those challenges cause me more expense that I cannot afford.

      Ron

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  5. do all your FaceTime companions reach out with their hands?

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      Yes, all my FaceTime companions are very animated except for a certain gentleman in Arizona. He's very laid back, no hand motions.

      Ron

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    2. which is odd, as I often catch myself doing quasi-ASL when speaking with patients.

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    3. Dr. Spo,
      I think talking with the hands (and arms) is a long left over trait from our prehistoric ancestors. We never quite got rid of it. I literally cannot talk unless my arms are flailing about.
      Ron

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  6. Have you tried, google hang-out video chat? It works well. I have found that it works best on Chrome. My partner is a mac user, I use windows and a chrome book. J teaches 400 miles away and video chat allows us to see one another the 30 weeks a year that work has us in different states.

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    1. Travel,
      I tried it once with a friend who doesn't have an Apple computer. I didn't like it as good as I like FaceTime but maybe that's because I'm used to FaceTime. I'm glad it works for you and your partner.
      Ron

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  7. Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thankyou .

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