Etiquette change for the VirtualTinyHouseConference
I was just thinking, we really need to switch to audio, so how am I going to try to push this?
I hereby declare it poor etiquette to, if you have the hardware, not use it. If you have a headset or microphone, you should use it – I think not doing so is rude to the other conference goers. Why? Actually I’m not just making it up, I think it can fairly be considered like playing loud music during a phone call. It makes it hard for others to communicate with you.
So don’t be shy. Though if you don’t have the hardware obviously that’s okay. And in any case it is better to come and not use audio than not come at all.
If you have vista or windows 7 purportedly you can use whatever microphone and speakers you have (remember they are usually included on webcams too). On windows xp you have to have a headset, headphones or some other way to prevent the microphone from being able to pick up very well what is coming out your speakers, or everyone else in the conference will get what’s called acoustic echo every time they say something. This is what occurs when they say something, it comes out your speakers, then back in your microphone, then is played out everyone’s speakers again after a slight delay. Obviously this would be a real problem.
Vista and Windows 7 purportedly cancel this out this out automatically. Skype and other voip software also has this built in too, so I looked around for software that could add this general capability to an xp machine, but there does not seem to be any. My audio card (control panel) has an “acoustic echo cancellation” feature but it does not work for some reason, but I have a headset and will be using it.