How to Explain Screen Sharing to your Grandparents

Screen sharing is a useful and versatile tool, but users that are not tech-savvy can find the notion confusing and even overwhelming, the purpose of this blog is to un-package the concept of screen sharing and hopefully help our friends utilize it better in the future. Here is how to explain screen sharing to your grandparents.… Read more →

Top 10 Cloud Collaboration Tools for the Small Business

“How did people get work done without any computers?” It might seem like second nature already, but most small businesses require a cloud collaboration app for employee efficiency, even if you don’t have remote offices. A good cloud collaboration tool can provide chat channels, manage projects and ultimately, increase productivity. This is a must-have for small businesses, but some collab-apps come with a price, so here are 10 Cloud Collaboration tools for small businesses that won’t break your budget.… Read more →

A 3-minute Guide to Conference Calling with VOIP

Voip? Am I saying that right? Voyeep? We know, but it sounds more complicated that it seems, chances are you’ve made a few VoIP calls during your life, whether it’s on Skype, Whatsapp or any other app that you use to commutate with people far away. But what is VoIP? This blog should be a simple guide to that question. Get ready to change your mind on how you think about long-distance calls, and REALLY long distance calls.… Read more →

7 Interesting Ways to Grab your Audience’s Attention During a Webinar

In one of my previous blogs, I talked about the difficulties maintaining the attention of your team during an online meeting because of possible distractions — the same crutch applies to Webinars when compared to normal presentations. However, webinars present a tremendous opportunity, great accessibility, and can be a key influencer on a potential client’s decision… so here are 7 ways to grab your audience’s attention in a webinar.… Read more →

5 Best Skype Alternatives and Why You Should Use Them

skype user on a web conference call with iOS apple macbook“Hello?”
“Hello?”

“Hey, so I-“
“What’s up-“

“Oh sorry you go first-”
“Go ahead, man”

“Hahaha”
“Hahaha”

For most computer users, Skype has been a staple application for close to a decade, and while it has great functionalities and user interface we always want a tech alternative, whether it’s Internet browsers, social media platforms, or in this case VoIP applications. Here are the 5 best Skype alternatives:… Read more →

3 Easy Steps to the Best Virtual Meeting You Ever Hosted

A virtual meeting is unlikely to replace in-person meetings entirely, but with rapid expansion and developing technologies, companies are cutting costs conducting virtual meetings while team members are geographically apart. While effective meetings generally follow a similar guideline, doing virtual work in the online meeting room can present a unique set of challenges — here are 3 bits of meeting advice to host the best virtual meetings.… 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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Why the Borg Prefer Free Web Meetings

The Borg are a highly evolved species of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek Universe whose goal is to “Achieve perfection.” They generously offer to assimilate less perfect species into their collective.

Sometimes the inferior species (like humans) aren’t so keen on being drones in a perfect collective.

In 2013, TV Guide named the Borg #4 on their list of “60 Nastiest Villains of All Time,” but as the Borg like to say:

“Resistance is futile.”

So how did the Borg get to be so powerful? They have better meetings. Seriously!… Read more →