Thursday, January 17, 2008

Video chat

I did a bit more to help my mother figure out her iPhone/iMac set up today. The primary issue was getting her iPhone to be able to use the wifi on her 2Wire router from AT&T. Routers and their settings are always confusing, but we finally got it to work. But the most exciting thing was trying out the video iChat feature of our iMacs. My cell phone battery gave out after about 45 minutes and, I thought, why not fire up iChat? I know this has become routine for many people, but there she was 2,000 miles away in real time - and it's free! Of course, I can see how the etiquette of whether or not to video chat might get complicated, but I like the possibilities. We'll have to set the kids down in front of the screen one of these days.

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