You all probably know I'm not technically knowledgeable. A long time ago, I say the Friday Hangout and clicked on it. Low and behold, I ended up seeing Chris live on my computer. I had no camera or microphone, so I kind of sat stupidly. Chris saw I was on and realized the situation and started talking to me and got me to answer by typing. It was kind of fun until others came in with cameras and I guess took up some of the band width or something. I was getting over run, so I had to bale out.
Then while a Wally World I saw microphones, cheep. I got one and got hooked up to my computer. I was able to get on the Hangout again and I could see them and I could TALK to them. They couldn't see me ( which probably was to their benefit )
Then I made the BIG move and got a Pad to use upstairs while my wife always reads. It had a camera and a microphone and speaker, the whole nine yards, I thought. I was excited to get on the Hangout, but to my surprise, I got a message, that I had to have a desk top to participate. Later Chris told me that shouldn't be. On another Fri. I tried again and got the same message, but this time it said I could get on if I did this and did that and did something else. So I tried doing all of that not knowing if it was working or not. This Fri. came and I remembered, so I tried to get on again with all my bells and whistles in line, I hoped. I clicked on to DOW on Fri. all full of anxiety. SURPRISE, Chris wasn't on. I'll get there someday, maybe, I hope. ( you guys can't hide from me for ever) TomC