Zoomed Out

I had a “funny” with my charity this morning.

They offered courses on mental health, to volunteers. Might be useful, I thought, so I booked myself on. I made sure I asked, Is any specific software required? No response.

The meeting happened this morning. Last week, they sent out details. I learned that it was to be a Zoom meeting. I have never used Zoom, and I remember, when everybody was going Zoom-crazy at the start of lockdown, seeing an article in a reputable UK newspaper, listing issues with Zoom that were as long as your arm.

So I made a mental note to be cautious of it, to look at these issues in more detail if the time ever came.

I was a bit cheesed off last week when I received this Zoom request. Why hadn’t they responded when I had asked? To allow me some time to look into it and form an opinion? So, I backed out of the meeting.

Don’t worry about it. You don’t need to install anything, they replied. That’s funny, I thought, I had heard that you do. I request clarification. You just open up your browser and away you go. As they had obviously used Zoom before, and I hadn’t, I said that I would attend.

This morning, the day of the meeting. Fifteen minutes before, I’m on my PC, I dig out the email and hit the link. The very first thing it does is to ask me whether I want to install some software! Exactly what the charity had said wouldn’t happen.

So I hurriedly fired up the tablet. The meeting is getting close now. Guess what was the first thing it said? That’s right, install some software.

So, basically, that’s where I had to leave it. I’ve sent an email to the charity explaining that this is the reason I didn’t attend their meeting. I left out the bit about them telling me a complete pile of nonsense. Because, what’s the point?

I did do one more thing. I tried to find that Guardian link I saw all those months ago. I couldn’t, but I did find this, written just a week ago, which shows that some people, at least, still have issues with Zoom.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

19 thoughts on “Zoomed Out”

  1. I also get some issues with zoom.. the app acts funny sometimes so I always resort to using the browser. In May, we had a memo that we must refrain from using zoom for financial meetings since it’s not secured. Same month, we bought a corporate account and suddenly, it’s safe 😀 😀 😀

    I have more issues with WEBEX though.

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  2. My daughter put a zoom app on my ipad so I could join in her friends’ weekly quiz group and I also used it for our camera club Zoom Xmas party and won the Bingo. No break ins or security issues, but is it safe for important stuff?

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  3. A large number of people now “running things” fall into two groups. One, younger people (and old gaffs who like to consider themselves youthful adopting sloppy habits) who have not learned what “?” means in a written communication. Two, idiots.

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  4. My wife and I just had an hour long Zoom call yesterday with our daughter and her significant other. We have used it regularly since the pandemic started and have never had any issues with it.

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    1. That post I linked to concludes that it is okay to use, but you shouldn’t use it for anything confidential or medical. Which implies to me that it is not very secure. I suppose in the context of this meeting, it didn’t really matter. But I was pissed that, if they’d told me this a month ago, I could have looked into it properly, but they didn’t give me the chance.

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