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    Virtual Manchester GTG

    I half-jokingly suggested this is in the Spring McrGTG thread, but who would be up for a virtual Manchester GTG? Perhaps this Friday evening? (It has suddenly become more appealing as I'm 'self-isolating'...)

    Let's not let this pandemic interfere with our drunken, inane watch chat! How about 19:30 GMT on Friday 20th March?

    All I'll need is a 'yes' here and a PM with your email address. I'll then either host the virtual GTG via Zoom, or skype (unless anyone has a better teleconferencing system?).

    [Obviously this is open to non-Greater Manchester residents].

    I'd like to video conference lots of randoms off the internet and talk about watches, sign me up:

    1. Kirk280
    2. Chris_in_the_UK
    3. Alansmithee
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    What do I need to install/do at my end, Kirk?

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    All you need is a computer and a webcam. Or an iPad / tablet. You might have to install the relevant software (Skype or similar) but thatís straightforward.

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    Damn Iíd love to but canít do this Friday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    All you need is a computer and a webcam. Or an iPad / tablet. You might have to install the relevant software (Skype or similar) but thatís straightforward.
    I'll see what I can do re .software.

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    Messenger has a conference FaceTime calls built in and very good it is too.

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    Not for me but Zoom will be the best software you can have for this. Probably free right now too.

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    put me down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    put me down...
    Off to the vets then....
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodacre1983 View Post
    Damn Iíd love to but canít do this Friday.
    Should it go well Iíll organise another one soonish mate.

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    Might have to give this one a miss, but if we get locked down I might join a future one.

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    A cracker of an idea. If I wasn't (hopefully) travelling back from Lanzarote that night, I'd treat you all to my unusual taste in watches.

    Hope it all goes well.

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    I have too much on this Friday (publication deadline) but applaud the concept and would love to join in a future one, subject to still being alive.

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    It might be the smallest McrGTG in history! Iíll send a few PMs tonight. All are welcome!

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    Just a little virtual bump for our mini-virtual zoom GTG!

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    Can I form the Southern delegation? Probably the only chance that I'll get to attend an McrGTG.

    Just have to figure out a way of keeping the wife and son entertained for the duration, can't have them butting in on such an important conversation.

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    Southern members are most welcome! Iíll email you all a zoom link in a bit.

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    Would love to join in but it looks like I might be rescuing my daughter from "that London" tonight. Hope to make the next one though.

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    Invites sent Gents. Additional attendees more than welcome!

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    Well I really enjoyed that Gents! Good to see some old friends, and a new one in Will. Letís do that more often!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    Well I really enjoyed that Gents! Good to see some old friends, and a new one in Will. Letís do that more often!
    Indeed!

    Top effort Kirk - good laugh as well.

    Bring more on chaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post
    Can I form the Southern delegation? Probably the only chance that I'll get to attend an McrGTG.

    Just have to figure out a way of keeping the wife and son entertained for the duration, can't have them butting in on such an important conversation.
    Great to chat Will.
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    I have just finished work for the night. Sounds like I missed a good 'un. Hope I can make the next one.

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    Iím in for the next one definitely


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    Yeah it was a good laugh, albeit with the usual connection problems at the start. It was hard to show watches via a webcam though! It certainly lightened my spirits, so thanks chaps.

    Iíll arrange another one for a few weeks time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    Yeah it was a good laugh, albeit with the usual connection problems at the start. It was hard to show watches via a webcam though! It certainly lightened my spirits, so thanks chaps.

    Iíll arrange another one for a few weeks time.
    I had a look and, in theory, it's possible to attach two cameras to Zoom (though perhaps only broadcast from one at a time). I intend to do some testing later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    I had a look and, in theory, it's possible to attach two cameras to Zoom (though perhaps only broadcast from one at a time). I intend to do some testing later.
    That was my intention. Sadly my old (Microsoft) plug-in webcam wasnít compatible with windows 10. The swines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    That was my intention. Sadly my old (Microsoft) plug-in webcam wasnít compatible with windows 10. The swines!
    There's nothing for it; you'll need to invest in an extremely high spec document camera.
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    Great to meet you all last night and chat, a little about watches too.

    One way around the watch / camera problem could be to take photos of the watches beforehand and then share your screen when you want to show the watch.

    My wife is now very worried and can't understand that I was speaking to strange men online, particularly when two of them were in their beds. Difficult to explain that really. At least I was in my bunker

    Until next time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    That was my intention. Sadly my old (Microsoft) plug-in webcam wasn’t compatible with windows 10. The swines!
    1 question and 1 observation.

    1. How many people did you get on the call - I imagine it starts to get a bit unwieldy above a certain number?
    2. I tried to use my external webcam as a document camera on Tuesday and there's a problem - the text is flipped back to front. Less of an issue with watches I suppose than if you need to read text but nevertheless a problem (though perhaps there's a setting in Device Manager or similar to reverse it).

    Edit: Forget my second point - there is a mirror toggle setting in the Zoom client. Don't know whether it exists if you're using it via a browser though.
    Last edited by Carlton-Browne; 26th March 2020 at 15:50.
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    There was 5 or 6 of us on the call. I forget as I was drinking wine. Then whisky.

    Mainly we just listened to Burnsey ramble on anyway!

    I really enjoyed it, as I did tonightís other virtual TZ GTG.

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