This is one of my first attempts at doing a screencast. I have to admit it’s kind of lame. So lame that I plan to do it over. But not so lame that I won’t put it up for anyone that wants to go ahead and watch it. I have found that I am much better at doing videos of OTHER people.
This screencast is about a way to have a computer based messaging system using tools you may already have and then using the free version of Dropbox to implement it. I did a test with it and thought it was very useful. I would use it myself but – all the secretaries are gone. I used to have three of them. Only one of them was really worth anything but that is another story for another day. All of them are gone now. I have been running things solo for several years now and really prefer it. I could occasionally use someone to answer the phone but as far the work goes, I have to check it so closely and be involved in the editing process so much that it is really quicker for me just to do it myself. Also, as I mentioned, it probably has as much to do with the quality of secretaries that I had as anything. I am considering utilizing a service called Ruby Receptionist that operates as a virtual receptionist. I have heard good things and will give it a try soon hopefully. But I digress….
Here it is – my first screencast —
Update – After a critique by my wife – who is probably the most kind, gentle and compassionate person I know and who never wants to offend anyone or make them feel bad about their efforts – and her words were something to the effect of “it’s slow, rambling and painful to watch and if it wasn’t you, I would have clicked away by now”. I realized that it was a bit more lame than I had thought. I have taken it down until I redo it. If it was bad enough to elicit that kind of reaction from Joyce, then it’s pretty bad.
Update #2 – I have completed version 2 of the video. I can probably still do a little better, However, I think that this one is at least 35% less painful to watch as the first one. We will have to see what the wife says – so watch it quick before she “critiques it” and I take it down again.