I had a doctor’s appointment this morning, this time using Google Meet. Colombia is very advanced medically and we’re doing doctor’s appointments by videoconference here. Google Meet is nice and easy to use. It’s good to have lots of choices available these days.
Why is this in the money thread? Well, since the world shut down, webcams have been in huge demand and they’re being gouged. Cams that used to cost $50 six months ago now cost $200. I bought a Chinese webcam a month ago and it lasted a week. It’s literally garbage now because I can’t return it. I’ve just spent the last week surfing replacement webcams and I got interested in the topic, watching Youtube videos on how to have an impressive webcam setup so you look as good as possible when you do videoconferences. I researched lighting and using expensive DSLR or mirrorless cameras as webcams, and learned how to do that using HDMI to USB converters which generally cost much more than normal webcams. I learned how to blur my background and even learned about green screens. I figured I could get a super professional setup done for about $1500 and I’d look like I was in a broadcast studio.
In spite of all of that research, my webcam was broken and I had a doctor’s appointment to do. My cheap Chromebook has a webcam, and both of my phones have cams. I used the Chromebook. It was perfect. Not “fine”. It was perfect. It was far better than having a super professional setup. The doctor was a pretty and elegant woman about 35 who talks fast like many Spanish speaking women. I’ve seen her several times and I get along well with her. We aren’t friends socially but I wish we were, and I’d bet she’d be open to the idea. She was at her dining table and so was I. We chatted like old friends for awhile and it was just pleasant. If I had been in a studio setup, it would have been totally unbalanced and far less pleasant than it was with my $150 Chromebook.
“Less is more” is not just a glib cliche, sometimes. Neither is “don’t try too hard”.