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I would like to know about webcams.

I am 64 years old and bought my first computer in 2005. Sony Vaio VGC-RB40, P4, 3GHz, 512 Memory with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. Win XP/Home. I have struggled to learn computers. I no longer call Earthlink (ISP) or Sony (manufacturer) since I can't understand anything the customer reps say.

The few times I've run into a brick wall (ouch), I've turned here to my fellow C/Net folks and all of you have been really helpful. Thank you very much.

Several days ago, I visited a neighbor. He was online with relatives overseas chatting with them. We could see this person and he could see us. There was a device that looked like a giant eyeball through which we were seen. I have relatives and friends all around the world, also, and I would like to do this. He was very busy and couldn't take the time to explain it. He just said that it was a "webcam" and that he used MSN or Yahoo. I am really intrigued and dying to learn how to do this.

I really don't know the correct terminology or whether or not I can use one on my machine or with dial-up. I also will shortly buy a Mac. Can I use the same webcam on both? Do I have to use MSN or Yahoo to use the webcam and would my friends or relatives have to use MSN or Yahoo to see me on the monitor. I realize that, unless they too have a webcam, I wouldn't be able to see them. There was no audio, just video. His webcam was a Logitek.

I apologize for such a lame question. I did search C/Net but everything was confusing to me. Thank you for any help you may give me.


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The very basics of webcam

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Get a webcam

Sign up with Yahoo messenger, MSN messenger,

Have your contacts get a webcam, sign up

Talk and watch.

How To Set-up A Webcam

Dialup should work but would be very slow and jerky

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Thank you.

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Thanks for the "nuts and bolt" info, Bill. This is what I needed.

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(NT) You're Welcome

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More information

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Make sure it's XP compatible, this is shown on the side of the box. These don't cost much (about $20.00 US) and are easy to use but they work much better with DSL. They are "very" jerky with 56K. Just plug it in, load the disk that comes with it and your all set.

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Thank you

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Thank you, Dango. I'm really jazed about learning something new.

I appreciate your efforts, Dango and JP Bill.

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You can have audio. . .

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In addition to the webcam get a microphone. My brother and I visit and talk. At your age I'm sure you remember the "Picture Phone" that never did make it? With a webcam and microphone it's on your desktop. But you really need broadband.

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Thank you

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coryphaeus, thank you. My fellow C/Netters have really been a big help, again.

What wonderful technology. I gotta think about broadband, too.

Take care


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Broadband. . .

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I was on dial-up for years, then Comcast offered cable internet. The first time I opened my browser and the page loaded instantly I got chill bumps. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it. It's expensive but if you surf, it's worth it. And DSL is comparable in price to dial-up.

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