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Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:56:31 PM »
The new bridge number that I switched the "official" bridge to a month or two ago has been shut down.  A message on the line says that it's been shut down because the phone company doesn't like bridges.  They have a new number that they're directing people to, but this is getting annoying.  Maybe 2011 is the year that we need to finally ditch telephone numbers and use something else.  The internet has evolved to a point where we shouldn't have to deal with phone numbers anymore.  Fuck phone numbers.

The problem with most services is that you have to be invited to them.  I hate that.  I like for anyone to be able to join in on the conversation without having to beg being added to the conference.  I think letting people lurk in silence is a good thing.  Skype conferences are awesome, but there's no way for complete strangers to join in with us.  Skype used to have public voice chat rooms, but they shut them down a couple years ago.  So what else can we use?

http://www.tinychat.com is cool.  I know they limit the number of people who can broadcast their video, but do they limit the number of people who can broadcast their voice?  The limit is 12, I think, but then I think an unlimited number of people can sit in the chat room to text chat and just listen to everyone else.  Actually, maybe limiting it to 12 is a good idea since all I care about is that other people can lurk in the background.  Tinychat also connects us all to our Facebook accounts, which is kind of nice.  And we can turn off the audio/video of people that are annoying.  Phone calls can be made by people who know how to route their Skype audio settings appropriately. 

Are there any downsides to tinychat?  All I can think of is that we won't be able to chat from our cell phones when we're out and away from the computer.  Unless there's a Tinychat iphone and android apps.

What other options are there for audio chat rooms though?  Video is optional.  Something like Yahoo chat rooms, but where we can create our own room for the PLA.  Something that people can just drop in on anytime they want, without having to be invited.

« Last Edit: January 21, 2011, 01:58:04 PM by rbcp »

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 02:16:58 PM »
i do not see a limit of 12 people being much of a problem since there are usually about 0 people on the bridge...

but you seem to be talking blasphemy against phones.... 

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 02:21:17 PM »
In other news, I'm changing our name to Tinychat Losers of America.

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 02:29:42 PM »
There's no limit at least not in the rooms i've been in. We got anywhere from 30-50 people in there.

Now there is a limit of 12 cams but that's it.
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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 02:30:04 PM »
Damn. I was really hoping you'd just break down and host your own PBX.
I HATE the bridge.
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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 02:35:44 PM »
I stole the tinychat room and I am holding it for ransom. More instructions will follow.

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 07:12:50 PM »
Hey it's my fave Canadian. Sorry tombstone.
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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 08:28:10 AM »
Tinychat would be nice if it didn't crash any browser I tried to use on it.

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 09:42:09 AM »
Tinychat would be nice if it didn't crash any browser I tried to use on it.

RTF, you REALLY need to upgrade that 486.

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 01:00:59 PM »
fuck tinychat. i hate it. i like phone numbers.

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 03:12:48 PM »
fuck tinychat. i hate it. i like phone numbers.

WELL UNTIL I GET MOTIVATED TO SETUP AN ASTERIX BOX, YOU CAN FUCKING USE TINYCHAT! DO YOU HEAR ME!? DO YOU!?

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 07:11:51 PM »
I hope you're serious AppPhreak. It'd be really nice to not have to move from bridge to bridge like a bunch of Jews wandering about the desert. Please sir, build us our land of milk and honey.
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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2011, 07:30:33 PM »
fuck tinychat. i hate it. i like phone numbers.

You're only #14, so your opinion doesn't count.

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2011, 08:51:23 PM »
I hope you're serious AppPhreak. It'd be really nice to not have to move from bridge to bridge like a bunch of Jews wandering about the desert. Please sir, build us our land of milk and honey.

Very serious. Insofar as to when it'll be setup, I can't give a definitive date. Some time mid-next month would be safe to say, I think

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Re: Argh, stupid bridge numbers...
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 08:59:41 PM »
For now, tinychat it is.  I embedded the code on PLA's chat page and changed the evening announcement on the main page.  I'm not sure who has ops in http://tinychat.com/phonelosers, but if it turns out to be a problem we'll just pick another room.  I'm also not sure if ops work the same as on efnet, where if you all leave and them come back, the first person will have ops.  I'm a newb.

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