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Daniel Oblak
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I fix technology, and sometimes the people who use it.
I fix technology, and sometimes the people who use it.

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My employer uses Google Hangouts (actually, CfM or 'Chromebox for Meetings') throughout offices all around the world, and one of the neatest implementations of it are at 'tech bars' for internal customer service in each city. There is a 'meeting' connecting all the techbars 24/7, and people can walk up and get service from any other techbar (or all of them!) if the one in their building happens to be unstaffed at that hour; employees can even join the techbar meeting from wherever their PC is connected on the VPN. But there is something I would like to add to this great implementation... a 'ticker' across the bottom of the screen (advertising software updates, planned outages, events, etc.). Since there doesn't appear to be an app rolled to do such a thing (yet) on the CfM itself, my idea is to REPLACE THE USB WEBCAM with a separate miniPC that could feed video from a webcam, combine it with a 'lower-third' semi-transparent layover skin at the bottom, and output the resulting video over a USB cable that I'd plug into the CfM. Am I trying too hard -- is there a simpler way to do this? Anyone know of what it would take to make that connection from the outboard PC's HDMI output to a compatible (and generic) webcam replacement as a USB connector? Looking for some great ideas, or even a helpful 'DUH' workaround! #hangouts #google #tickerfeed
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Looking for something soothing, or to play behind your next romantic dinner? Drop a dime for my friend Rachel, and wrap yourself in the lyrical meanderings of her storytelling fingers...

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What can your kids get done in 30 minutes...
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I always thought this notion was bunk; but now I'm hoping there's some truth to it.

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Take a tactical approach to your holiday this year. Tactical Holiday Stocking: http://j.mp/1AV3NzM
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