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Monday, April 11, 2005 12:08 am
Apple iSight
I have to sing the praises of the Apple iSight. My wife and her family spend their lives apart, but get to see each other over their broadband connection, and chat for hours a day.

When the iSight and iChat AV were first released, there was a plethora of complaints about the inability to have stable connections. The purported compatibility for audio and video chats with AIM 5.5 seemed to increase the number of complaints.

Now, months and months later, I don't know what has changed, but something has. Video connections between iChat AV clients running the latest system updates are flawless. As with most discussion of audio/video chats, I should specify that both sides are running latest versions of Panther, with all the system updates, and have broadband. Both are G4s 1.25 MHz and above, with more than 512 MB of RAM.

We are in Australia, and use a 1.5Mbit/256kbit ADSL connection, via an airport connection to a Netgear DG834G with all sorts of security measures. No ports are open on our end.

The other party is in Malaysia, and use a direct connection via an ADSL modem without a router.

We can't wait for Tiger to be released, just so that my brother-in-law can join in the fun as well—three-way-chat. Woo hoo.

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