Video Chat with Steve Sjogren

September 3, 2003

[iSight]I have an iSight that I received at WWDC, but never had a real reason to use it. Until last night.

Steve Sjogren invited anyone with an iSight to chat with him, so I hurriedly reinstalled iChat AV, plugged in the iSight… and there I was, video conferencing with him! He seemed a bit surprised and indicated that he was expecting Michael Toy, when I appeared instead.

Steve was very polite at having a complete stranger appear on his computer screen. I kept it brief since he doesn’t know me from anyone. But it was fun — I got to have my first video chat, and Steve said I was his first video chat too! …Afterwards, my mind was buzzing with the possibilities for using this technology for long-distance mentoring. Even a regular chat involving multiple people sharing stories and questions could be great.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to Video Chat with Steve Sjogren

  1. Yup, it is a very cool and conversation like experience. It is a reminder to me that we are complex constructions, because the video chat is about 1,000 times better than an audio chat, which is 1,000 better than a typing-chat, even if all you do is stare at the other person who is staring at you.
    Of course, out of the 70 gazillion people in the world with computers, 12 have macs, and of those 12, only you, me, and Steve Sjogren have iSight cameras.
    I only have my camera installed on my machine when I am at home, so if you catch me ( [email protected] ) on-line in the evenings and you see the little green camera icon, feel free to say hi.

  2. Maybe Bill Gates will buy ISight and then Microsoft will force everyone to upgrade their OS to use it!
    Just a thought. 😉