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jemostrom
jemostrom

And there came the order that we should move our courses online

bsag
bsag

@jemostrom Weโ€™re going through the same right now. Iโ€™m not actually teaching this year because Iโ€™ve been bought out by a fellowship, and Iโ€™m quite glad about that right now.

jemostrom
jemostrom

@bsag I'm starting a project course with 70 students collaborating on the development of one program, the first time most of them have worked in a group larger than 4-6 people ... and I realize that I'm actually looking forward to this, it's going to be a fun challenge (and the course starts in two weeks)

bsag
bsag

@jemostrom That sounds good! Today we had our first lab meeting via WhatsApp with our PhD students chipping in from UK, Austria, Singapore and Gabon. It was fun and I think we all felt a bit less isolated.

jemostrom
jemostrom

@bsag I'm currently in department meeting with 73 people using Zoom. It works as usual, the same people keep talking ๐Ÿ˜‹

bsag
bsag

@jemostrom Just used Zoom myself for the first time today - it was much more stable than Skype.

pratik
pratik

@bsag @jemostrom Now even folks at Microsoft and Gates Fdn donโ€™t use Skype.

Bruce
Bruce

@jemostrom ๐Ÿคฃ

jemostrom
jemostrom

@pratik @bsag I can understand that ... we're supposed to use Skype for Business at work. Apparently the number of phone calls decreased significantly when they switched to SfB from ordinary phones (I don't even launch the program ๐Ÿ˜‹)

bsag
bsag

@jemostrom @pratik I find Skype causes my fans to ramp up after a couple of minutes till I could cook eggs on my laptop! 2 hours on a multi-person Zoom video call and the CPU was below 50% the whole time.

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pratik
pratik

@bsag Not surprised. The folks at Gates Fdn we work with also admitted that they are glad to not use Skype anymore (had to coz MSFT owns it). Now use MSFT Teams.

jemostrom
jemostrom

@bsag @pratik I try to use it on my iPad just to avoid it "spoiling" my laptop ๐Ÿ˜‹. My main problems are that I still don't actually understand how to make a call/join a call ... I just wait until someone calls me. The other is that it seem to drain my AirPods faster than anything else I've tried.

kaa
kaa

@pratik Yeah we moved to Teams as well at work. It's much better technology for conference calls.

bsag
bsag

@jemostrom ๐Ÿ˜‚ Itโ€™s a battery killer for sure!

amit
amit

@pratik Teams has been pretty common across multiple organizations. My current and previous and couple others at home are all on Teams. Group chats/calls are a lot simpler these days @kaa