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« on: March 18, 2012 07:15:41 AM »

I have seen a few other sites that do a once week/month/ stitch group where everyone skypes and you can talk and hang out for about an hour. I'm thinking about starting one but wondering if it would fly here. Anybody have any ideas?

« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012 08:10:20 PM »

That would be fun! But I wonder how many people we can get in to one chat.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012 06:02:45 PM »

I'd be into it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012 03:59:43 PM »

this sounds very interesting, I'd be willing to try it Grin

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2012 01:40:46 PM »

I'd like that!

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2012 09:53:09 PM »

I'd love to, but I don't know if the timezones would like up well for me. 

I'd even install Skype for it!

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012 11:27:19 AM »

While I'm not much of a needlework person and likely won't be joining you guys, I love the concept!

That being said, may I recommend you abandon the Skype idea? Skype IS free to use, and so long as you are all in each other's contact lists (which can be complicated when adding a new person to the group), you can conference call with as many people as you like, BUT, there is a major downside. Skype is bandwidth monster, which, when you're on dial-up is a total no-go. I've got crappy DSL at around 450 kilobits per second, and Skype has given me problems while video chatting with my cousin in Korea. You really need fibre-optic internet service to fully utilize Skype's video-chat capabilities.

If you guys intend to do audio-only group chatting, I would recommend Ventrilo instead. It uses a tiny fraction of the bandwidth Skype uses, because it's designed to complement online gaming. You can rent server space from an authorized server provider, or you can run your own server on a crappy bare-bones computer (like a Pentium 4 using on-board video and sound with a network card and a small hard drive). It is preferred by all the people I know who online game with Blizzard games, as opposed to the built-in voice chat features. On CCP's EVE Online, the majority of corporations utilize Mumble instead, which is very similar to Ventrilo but requires that someone run a server as this is open-source software.

Using a gaming voice chat program in conjunction with a text chat program (like MSN Messenger) to share files, photos and web pages, even those with very slow net speeds would be able to participate Cheesy

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