The 5 Best Collaboration Tools

The most important aspect of working in a team is efficient collaboration. No matter how skilled the individual members, they will never function properly as a team if they can’t cooperate with one another. Although no substitute for an inability to collaborate, there are many tools to improve a team’s ability to work together remotely. Here are the best 5 collaboration tools for your home or business:… Read more →

Family Reunions Made Easy with Free Online Meeting Software

One of the joys of parenthood is watching your children grow up and blossom into adulthood. Growing up also means moving out into the world. Children can find success in all types of careers, some of which require them to be gone from the country for months at a time. Other jobs entail frequent travel, making face to face communication something that is only possible on occasion. Technology has brought people closer together and continues to do so in exciting ways, thanks to the convenience of having a free online meeting.Read more →

Need to Host a Free Conference Call on a Whim? We’ve Got You Covered!

High-powered business executives are probably always being connected to one conference call or another from atop their lofty glass buildings that make people look like ants. Their meetings planned months in advance, these shadowy businessmen and women use web conferencing to secretly pull the strings of corporate America like sinister puppeteers.

…But what good are conference calls for regular people like us, right?… Read more →

Are Conference Calls Better Than the Seeing Stones of Númenor?

Some time around 1930, JRR Tolkien started off the whole Lord of the Rings series by telling his children bed time stories about a little character he called “The Hobbit.” He’d been dreaming up the world of the Hobbit since he was a child himself. In doing so, Tolkien pretty much invented the whole “Fantasy Adventure with Elves and Dwarves” genre single handedly.

He also proposed what is perhaps the most glamorous conference call technology of all time, the Palantíri, or seeing Stones of Númenor. These were a set of 7 crystal balls that could be used for videoconferencing from Eressëa all the way across Middle Earth.

In these latter days, the stones are lost, the Elves have sailed into the West, and the “little folk” are only a bustle in the hedgerow. Today we can pick our smartphones out of our “pocketses” and videoconference with three people spread across three continents for free.

But if you had the choice, which one is better: a conference call, or a Seeing Stone of Númenor?

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