Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought a web cam. Well actually 4 web cams. Clara and I had been talking about getting one so the kids could video chat with their cousins and grandma in Kansas. I originally went for a $20 Logitech that got pretty good reviews. When I went to get it, there were a whole slew of other types ranging from $16 up to almost $100. What caught my eye was a box that had 2 cameras in it. It was made by a company called Ezonics, and it was an EZ Video Chat kit. It came with 2 headsets as well. So I bought the last 2 boxes they had. Best part...$35. That’s $15 a camera and they are a higher resolution (1.3mp) than the $20 Logitech. I set mine up and it came with some extra programs. One was a video creator, one was a video mail program, and the other was a surveillance program....creepy. Anyways, I set it up with yahoo chat, and once my family members get theirs set up, we will try it out. I spent a while trying to set up the head set so we could use it as a microphone. I later found out that the camera has one built in. We have our computer hooked up to our big screen in out room, so the headset was not feasible as it did not reach very far. For one on one chat at a desk, the headset would work fine. For multiple people, stick with the mic in the camera and turn up the volume. Anyways, my sister is taking one box back with her, and will use one of the cameras, and give the other to my mom. Clara’s brother Aaron and his wife will get the other since they will have a new baby in June, and that way Clara's parent's can see her. We hope we can get good use out of these.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
My sister, JJ comes into town today. I am getting ready to go pick her up from the airport in a few minutes. She had an early flight that wasn't cancelled until her husband already dropped her off and left. She caught another a couple hours later. That’s why I never fly United. Only Southwest. Besides, you have to love a company whose President said "Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun." (Colleen C. Barrett) I was very happy when Southwest changed their policy to where you didn't have to race to the line to get a front seat. Instead, they now assign you a number and you stand in place when it is time to board. It saves me from having to watch those weird people standing by the gate 2 hours before we board, just so they can get the seat they want. I never cared to do that; I figured as long as I have a seat, I am happy. Besides, I would usually try to sit behind the wing. It is pretty cool watching the flaps raise and lower as we go along. The scary part is landing. Have you ever seen the wings when a plane lands? The flaps flip up at a 90 degree angle, and those 3 feet of resistance that they create actually slows the plane down?! The other scary part about sitting by the wing is when you swear the plane isn't level because your wing is almost touching the ground. But I digress. I am very happy to have JJ spend the week with us because I have to go to work, and Clara shouldn't be doing too much with the C-Section. Abbi and Jake are excited as well, but I don't think they realize their cousins are not coming with her. They love their cousins and miss them. I think we are going to invest in a web cam so we can do video chat with them and Grandma Kathi. Anyways, I am off to the airport. I will arrive on time because I am driving a Chevrolet Impala. Unlike United, it is very reliable.