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f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 7:41 PM

OPINIONS/KNOWLEDGE NEEDED

Today I got the thumbs up from the hospital director for me to donate a new desk top to the cancer ward I'm in, as the one that they have is so old that it has one of those heavy TV type monitor, and doesn't work very well for anyone. Anyhow, I also plan on my son getting a web cam, microphone, and blank CD discs so that people could save their projects for the next time at the computer.
Questions now:
1. How many people actually like and use web cams and microphone to communicate over the computer? I don't like either of them, but am only using mine for my grand kids and family members. Otherwise, I wouldn't even have them. (I always look pretty goofy when I sspend time on the computer..No make up, hair all over, etc.)
On average, how many others feel the same I do about web cams and microphones?

2. My son said that at Walmart you can get 50 blank (non-brand) discs for only $20.00. I always have used Memorex. Does anyone know if these off brand discs are any good in storing and reusing information? In other words, would the information that is put on these cheap disc be retrievable? If so, why so inexpensive? More so, why have I been using many Memorex dics if the others are just as good? (Please keep that opinion to yourself. LOL)

Any help I can get before Saturday night (Tomorrow) would really be appreciated, as I have no clue about some of this stuff.

Thank you,
Laurie F5laur@aol.com (just in case you would rather email the info.)

asor
Asor  (Level: 156.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 8:35 PM

I would never use a web cam/microphone, but then I do everything humanly possible to avoid cameras and have fantasized about heaving heavy objects at those miscreants who think it's fun to come to events with camcorders, so I may not be a wholly unbiased respondent

Ten or so years ago, when I switched from, um, what the heck were those clunky things called? to disks, my older brother (a.k.a. The God of All Knowledge) told me to buy Memorex, and I have stuck with that brand. So far, so good!

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 8:36 PM

Hate webcams. My brother got us one for Christmas, but my laptop already has one that I refuse to use, as I don't want to have to worry about appearance and don't think it adds anything to my posts. Maybe when I get grandkids.

However, he's a doctor and says there are advantages. So for a hospital, OK.

Also, since the arrival of flash drives or thumb drives, or whatever you call them, I haven't used CDs or DVDs at all. The thumb drives can be recorded and erased, and fit in a pocket or on a string around the neck. More expensive, but maybe someone will help with funding. You'll find many of the staff already have them.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 9:19 PM

I have webcam, and I do use it. I didn't like it at first, but you do get used to it. I go on several social sites where webcams are used..... the annoying part, is the great number of men who would like you to look at their naked bits but, it is actually is fun to see who you are playing trivia with.... I don't use the microphone, frankly because of my sarcastic mouth.... I find that if I type out my sarcastic comments, I have time to rethink, what I am saying....

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 10:22 PM

Laurie, what a good idea and a nice thought.

Re webcams, many computers come with them builtin nowadays so this may not be an issue. A microphone might be a nice addition if someone needs to operate the PC hands off, but then the software to do that usually comes with a mike.

Re memory chips instead of disks, I concur. We don't burn disks at all anymore except to hand out our scrapbooks to others. Especially for the use you mentioned of saving work for another session, I would recommend buying some cheap ($5 or so on sale at the usual cheap and/or office stores and they are always available at $9) little thumb drives and stringing them with different colored lanyards to hand out to users. You can use them like forever, and reuse them, and it is very easy to do and totally quick! Maybe you can get some store to donate ones with a little ad on them! If you have a dozen or so, that might take care of your needs....depends on the number of people using the computer.

Don't know why you were buying memorex disks as there are only a couple of companies that make them...we always buy the cheapest we can find, with zero problems. As to why they are so relatively expensive, why are brand name cereals so high vs. store brands?

Hope everyone soon enjoys the computer! And by the way, a desktop may not be the best deal...you can get really cheap laptops nowadays...just buy a good lock for them!

Hope this helps, Ann


f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 28th Feb '10 9:16 PM

Thank you for your ideas and suggestions, Asor, Michael, Martina, and Anne. I sure am happy to know that at least 4 Sploofus members know more about this stuff than I do!!!
I had to have my son do the shopping around for me, as I'm stuck in here until around May.
I gave him a blank check so that whatever he found to be the most sufficient for many patients now and in the future, he would do a good job.
He loves to shop anyway, as I don't!
The computer is a HP with a 22 inch FLAT monitor, has the web cam and a microphone.
However, it does had the regular size CD slots in the CPU. I have no clue what or why it has 3 slots, but my son said that my desk top at home has all the same features, as it is only a year old.
If mine has a web cam and a microphone, I'll be darned if I know where they are! LOL If I find the web cam, I'll be sure to put duct tape over it when I get home!
I met a new friend that is 6 years old in here, and he has leukemia He is such a good spirited little guy and enjoys building Lego houses with me and some other things that are here for kids. I had my son pick up a Game Boy and some games for Jason. That little boy is living proof that even us cancer patients know how to be happy and enjoy life. If only some healthy people knew how do live the same!
Thank you again for your participation in helping the patients have a nice time.
Laurie

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 1st Mar '10 1:41 AM

1. How many people actually like and use web cams and microphone to communicate over the computer? I don't like either of them, but am only using mine for my grand kids and family members. Otherwise, I wouldn't even have them. (I always look pretty goofy when I sspend time on the computer..No make up, hair all over, etc.)
On average, how many others feel the same I do about web cams and microphones?

I use my web cam and mic every single day of the week. It's not about how you look, it's about being able to see the person you are actually talking to, as opposed to demonstrating what a crap typist i am. They do turn off and on you know, and it's a great resource to have at your disposal. All this from somebody who has a face that can best be described as "great for radio". Hope things go well for you over the next few weeks kiddo. Dave

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 1st Mar '10 11:05 PM

Laurie,
I'm sure the others will enjoy that computer, sounds wonderful! As for the CD slots, I think nowadays they have lots of other uses, like DVDs for playing movies and gaming and cds for music, so people like a bunch. Oh, and you need at least two for copying. My laptop's cd slot was wonky for months before I noticed it LOL. We do all sorts of stuff right off the web nowadays that used to require a cd, like loading programs.
Glad you can't see me right now on a webcam!!!!!
Ann



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