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Have a Merry (Digital) Christmas (party)!

2020 is coming to an end and over here in Belgium (but I guess everywhere) we’ll be celebrating Christmas and New Year in our little “bubble”. In short, this means us 4 won’t be spending the 25th over at my parent’s place together with my sister, her family and my grandma, and neither will we be going to a house for 20 people we rented with a bunch of friends ( I swear, we were so early in booking this time that we got a great house with a jacuzzi and… sigh). SO… an upgraded digital christmas party it is. Let’s get to work.

Let’s start with the easy part: getting connected.

We’ll be using Microsoft Teams since we have it at work, so we won’t be bothered by the 40min limit Zoom has. There are loads of alternatives of course, I’m guessing you won’t need help there. And neither will you need help on bringing the meeting to the big screen. Again: options ranging from Chromecast to just plugging in a HDMI cable (which is what we’ll be doing).

I wanted those watching us to have the best experience too. So I was figuring out how to use my Sony A7 iii and Rode VideoMic Pro+ in this setup. Turns out it’s actually quite easy: you just push the Mic in the Line in and you’re basically done since you can then select it in Teams. If, however, you don’t have a mic 3.5mm jack on your computer (like my Macbook Pro), you can get a USB solution that isn’t that expensive.

The video part is trickier.

Although Sony did put out a solution that worked out fine for me. It basically makes your camera available as a webcam in all solutions you can think of. But it didn’t work for me everywhere. And in that case you can still get it to work by using OBS. You might want to download the other Edge desktop software if the webcam isn’t working there either. That will allow you to use the Remote application as a capture window within OBS and start a Virtual Camera once you have that set up. That virtual camera should then be available, again in your meeting software of choice.

Oh, and for those wondering whether you can’t leave the Mic on the camera: no, the audio isn’t being put through.

But most importantly…

Have a warm Christmas and a good beginning in 2021. I know it’s common to say we best forget 2020, but I for one hope we learned a lot. I sure did.
Oh, and show me how you upgraded your digital christmas party. I’m sure there are way crazier setups out there.

But let’s make 2021 memorable for other reasons, shall we?

Cu there.

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Tech/Science

‘Instagram can hurt us’: Mark Zuckerberg emails outline plan to neutralize competitors – The Verge

Antitrust panel says the messages show Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition. They were revealed at today’s hearing with CEOs from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
— Read on www.theverge.com/2020/7/29/21345723/facebook-instagram-documents-emails-mark-zuckerberg-kevin-systrom-hearing

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Outrage As LEC And Blast Premier Sign Deals With Saudi Arabia Tech City

However, the announcement has been met with widespread criticism from fans of the LEC. Just a few days ago the LEC had a pride focused broadcast, with talent wearing LGBTQ+ merchandise and colors, and the LEC logo being changed into pride colors. Now the league has signed a deal with NEOM, which will be based in Saudi Arabia, a county infamous for its draconian LGBTQ+ rights and laws.

Source: Outrage As LEC And Blast Premier Sign Deals With Saudi Arabia Tech City

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TikTok halts talks on London HQ amid UK-China tensions | Technology | The Guardian

Video-sharing app suspends building plans, with British ban on Huawei 5G kit seen as factor
www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jul/19/tiktok-halts-talks-on-london-headquarters-amid-uk-china-tensions

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How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change | WIRED

So van Kooten decided to slim things down. He “refactored” his plug-in, making it more efficient, so now it sends 20 KB less data. Overall, the site would use a little less energy every day.Of course, 20 KB is a teensy reduction. But since 2 million websites use his plug-in, it adds up. By his crude estimate, trimming the code reduced the world’s monthly CO2 output by 59,000 kilograms, roughly the equivalent to flying from New York to Amsterdam and back 85 times.

Source: How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change | WIRED