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What's all this about Zoom, now?

ZOOM 70s ending

Back when kids wrote with a typewriter, pencil or pen to Z Double-O M, Box 350, Boston, Mass, 0 2 1 3 4.

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Different company from the video-conferencing software, but I think they're still around too.

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Love these distractions

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Locally produced children's shows were a big deal for kids back then. My sister was on Boomtown with Rex Trailer and my brother was on Major Mudd

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WGBH produced Zoom for PBS which sent it all over the country.

I do remember locally-produced "franchise" commercial-TV kids' shows like Romper Room and Bozo the Clown, which had different hosts but similar format from one city to another.

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Yup, i was on Bozo twice! Siblings on Big Brother and Rex Trailer....

we had a blast.
Loved Major Mudd too!

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Rex Trailer had a building in Waltham on Main street .

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its interesting how zoom is the new soup-du-jour these days. is there a technological reason ?

skype used to be the google it of years ago. and then goggle hangouts took over. cisco i-phone (now webex) is what most corporations supported. apple facetime was the generic since the last few years... and now since last 2 weeks, all the news shows doing remote interviews mention zoom.

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while Zoom runs on anything: MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux

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yeah i know (thumbs-up), but skype, goggle-hangouts, webex also run on everything.

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Not on Linux they don't. Skype (Microsoft) has been limping around with it's dead weight Linux client. Hangouts have been so butchered by Chrome Browser specific do-dahs that Firefox, Chromium or breathing the wrong way makes it die. WebEx does work, but it's so clunky.

For Free Software smooth jazz, we use jitsi.org , no zoom here.

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Cost, ease of setup, feature set, ability to handle the number of people that you want to have on the call, etc. Slack has a call feature and can do screen share but that's built on top of slack - if you're only interested in calling and not in a chat, it's not a good choice. My company has used join.me which is also good for voice/screensharing, but zoom may just be a lot easier to set up and send people links where they can just click and join without a lot of agida.

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+1; i havent used it. i work from home since 2004 and my corporation set us up with i-fone(webex) so its easy for me to send invites (even to my parents) since my desktop support team remotely installed the outlook integration for me.

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Skype, Teams, Slack, all tacked videoconference on top of chat clients, and are clumsy compared to the Zoom client that just does one thing well.

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the Zoom client that just does one thing well

That would be broadcasting video of your technically clueless, teleworking colleague taking a dump.

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Anyone know where any of these kids are today?

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My first post-college apartment was in Allston.
When I gave my parents my mailing address, my mother immediately recognized the zip code and asked if I lived near WGBH.

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