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I complain about this all the time but I just *love* how Google Meet absolutely tanks my CPU. Opening it in Chrome instead of Firefox does improve performance slightly (which, lol thanks Google) but ugh. I am sometimes in purely informational work meetings and it would be nice to multitask while they are on topics that aren't super relevant to me. Sucks.

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complaining about Google Meet 

I'm at the point where I'm seriously considering dusting off an old laptop to just use for meetings so I can have my development machine free

complaining about Google Meet 

@darius "16 core Xeon at the ready. Now I can join the meeting."

complaining about Google Meet 

@darius that's how i did it
works great except for screen-sharing for stuff you're currently working on.
though you can set up VNC for that

only sightly facetious solution 

@darius just run it in a vm and limit cpu consumption

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@darius If you have the extra machines/tablets to do it, why not? I say go for it.

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@darius Probably could even use a cheap tablet

Hey, here's a weird question

Is this an audio or a video Meet thing

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@mcc definitely video, also applies when my video is off but there is incoming video from others. I haven't tested out audio-only on both ends.

complaining about Google Meet 

@darius So this is a really really strange thing to say, but have you tried shrinking the window containing the incoming video down real real small

I had a weird experience with Zoom running in Chrome where the bigger the window got the resource consumption increased geometrically, as if it were doing image postprocessing in CPU

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@mcc @darius ooh, how interesting! 👀

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@mcc well I'm trying this next time!!!

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@darius Anyway, my unpopular (or possibly popular but unheeded) opinion is that videoconferencing ruins remote workplaces entirely while offering no advantages to a meeting over voice chat. video chat is like a meeting but you can only stare straight forward as if bound and gagged. in a irl meeting at least you can use your laptop but video chat takes your laptop over

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@mcc @darius video meetings purport to give us the level of human connection and presence of an in-person meeting but i can't read body language, gaze direction, relative attention and enthusiasm levels so any time we're talking about anything subjective / creative i'm basically flying blind wrt to whether we're on the same page. i am physically drained after an hour long video meeting in a way i wouldn't be after an equivalent in-person meeting.

complaining about Google Meet 

@mcc @darius many neurodiverse friends tell me they have similar issues from other directions. either way, it feels halfway to being a badly designed game where you have these little attention-demanding windows with people in them that are ostensibly useful feedback channels but are usually pretty opaque. tldr i agree they mostly suck.

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@mcc wow, this does, in fact, seem to help a lot

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@darius I don't know what causes this effect but every idea I can think of is kind of upsetting

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@darius I've used my phone before for the same, handy if you don't need to be on video

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@darius i have a separate computer for this situation! (but with zoom). sometimes i use a mini tablet just for this.

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@darius Current status: laptop fan audible above the audio in the Google Meet call I'm in 😩

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@darius@friend.camp The amount of bloat in these alleged 'modern' applications defeats the purpose of using them in the first place.

I've always been kind of perplexed by how tools have been improving but apps are performing worse and a far more complicated to use.

That doesn't seem right at all.

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