By now everybody knows aboutthecancelled services today.
It’s a shame the weather has to act up and make it hazardous to get out. Don’t you wish there was still a way to meet together, and still take part in a bible study, or just enjoy fellowship? I know that though safety is a real concern, it’s just not the same, and it’s easy to not spend time worshipping at all on days like that. Sure, tuning in a radio or TV station for a sermon might be one way to get that religious fix, but I have to admit that I usuallydon’t do that.
I’ll bet a lotof folks who stayed home from church services spent some time on Facebook, Twitter, or some social media site or other. Even some ofthe least tech savvy among us have a computer, and a basic knowledge of how to use it.
That’s why I set up a chat servr.
I don’t mean one where you have to type in your words. That can be daunting and frustrating for those with low levels of technical skills. I’m talking about a voice chat. No buttons to press, no excessive typing, no worries about misspelled words.
If your computer has a microphone, you can talk. If you have speakers, you can listen. There’s still a text chat area if you want to use it, and if you don’t want to be heard, you can mute your mike, or set up a push to talk button. Kind of like talking on a CB radio.
It’s real easy to get started. It starts with installing a program on your computer, and whether you use Windows, Mac, or even Linux, there’s a version that works very well.
The chat server was a project I did for a friend who is in charge of the Disability Coalition from Southern New Mexico, so don’t be afraid of references to DCFSNM.org when you get signed in.
It’s powered by Teamtalk, so the first thing to do is visit the Bearware web site, and download the latest version of Teamtalk for your computer system. Get the free software. http://www.bearware.dk/index.php?section=products&pageid=tt4download 11:15:50 AM from Chicken Nugget
I made a settings file and put it in my Dropbox account to make it easy to connect. Use the FBCAltamont_Chat.tt file for access. https://www.dropbox.com/s/f50npfa7fuqmvnf/FBCAltamont_Chat.tt
That’s it. You’ve installed Teamtalk. You’ve clicked my settings file, and now you can chat right away.
Clicking the link to the settings file will automatically open Teamtalk, and log you into the room. After you’ve been in the room once, Teamtalk remembers your settings. You can return anytime you like by opening the Teamtalk program, and hitting the F2 key on your keyboard to connect.
There is more than one room on the chat server. Remember, this is one I set up for the Disability Coalition from Southern New mexico. Most rooms are for DCFSNM, some are for other people who sharethe server.
The FBCAltamont room is set up as a non-persistent room. That means if nobody is in it, it goes away. But as soon as somebody logs in using the settings I created, it is rebuilt.
The room also has a password on it. It’s built into the settings. You won’t need to remember it. The password is there to keep people who may be on the server from just popping into the room while a chat session is going on.
Feel free to have a look at the other rooms in the server. You might be able to join any chatting going on in them, when people are logged into them. However, without knowing the password for the FBCAltamont room, you won’t be able to get back in. You can return by simply using F2 to disconnect, and again to reconnect.
Also, if you’re the last one in the room, as soon as you leave it to join another room, the FBCAltamont room will disappear. Just use the F2 key to disconnect, and again to reconnect to get back in.
Now all that’s needed is to keep in touch so we all know when a live chat is scheduled. I hope that the chat will be a useful tool for members in times of bad weather, or anytime you just want to hang out.