Today I decided to take a break from blogging about Online Security Practices, lighten the mood, and talk about Screen Sharing Technology. The thought popped into my head about how commonplace the practice of screen sharing has become in the year 2020. It has effectively become part of the so-called New Normal during the Covid-19 pandemic. It allows people to visit people safely from home and for some to work from home safely. Screen sharing has become vital to education, from Elementary schools up to the College level.
Screen Sharing Technology had its’ start in the late 1990s and has come a long way. There was a time when it was exclusive to visionary tech wizards and the Customer Support departments of a few tech companies. I remember participating in my first Webinar, with screen sharing, over 20 years ago. Some of you will be surprised to hear who was also in that meeting. Believe it or not, it was Erline Martin! We were both very excited about the future of business and technology then, just as we continue to be today.
We were positioning ourselves ahead of the edge with a vision that included screen sharing, VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol audio), and automatic text translation technologies simultaneously. The execution was crude, with people on a mix of dial-up and DSL Internet connections globally. Lol. Some could see the screen and hear while some could only hear audio. As you can imagine, some participants could not see or hear anything through their computers and had to listen only to a telephone conference line. FDLOL!
That story sets the stage for appreciating how good we have it today with blazing fast Internet connections and powerful computers being standard. Now, all of that is in the palm of our hand, with Smart Phones and mobile device technologies! We also have a wide range of software and apps to choose from to complete the package that results in screen sharing being no big deal to execute today.
However, the now popular applications and use of screen sharing technology is a Very Big Deal! I reiterate, “It allows people to visit people safely from home and for some to work from home safely. Screen sharing has become vital to education, from Elementary schools up to the College level.”
Screen sharing technology is
having an enormous impact on society!
It is debuting on All of our screens by way of these programs and apps: Instagram, Facebook Live, FaceTime, Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, TeamViewer, FCC (Free Conference Calling), Discord and more.
I want to clarify that sharing a screen doesn’t always mean a live broadcasting video of your face! You can choose only to share what is showing on your computer screen or mobile device screen. My point is that you don’t always have to be camera ready to participate in a screen sharing session. I suspect that may be a relief to some. The older we get, the more video cameras betray us. Lol.
Welcome to the future because it has arrived!
This blog post would not be complete without a reference to the 1962 Hanna-Barbera’s visionary animated TV show, The Jetsons! I can imagine how the kid in many of you just woke up, as memories flood your mind at the very mention of The Jetsons. It provided the first time most of us got exposed to seeing a simultaneous video of the person we are talking to in real-time! What was then science fiction is now our reality. Many other futuristic gadgets we got exposed to on that show have also entered our reality! Almost everything, except for the flying cars. Lol. (That’s okay because the insurance would have been astronomically high.)
For a fascinating look at fourteen correct predictions from
The Jetsons, copy and paste this URL into your browser.
Here is an excerpt from a blog I wrote six years ago, which inspired me to write this article. It discusses TeamViewer uses for business and fun:
1. You can go on to your home computer from your laptop, across town or across the country, to get files or information that you need.
2. You can hold a meeting and invite participants to join. They will see your desktop and whatever you decide to show them. The meeting also supports audio.
3. You can help people in your business by getting them to download TeamViewer and then logging on to their computer. You will be able to see their screen and control it, just like you were sitting at their desk.
1. You can connect your laptop to your TV set with an HDMI or other appropriate cable. Then use TeamViewer on your iPhone or Android device to control the computer on your TV monitor.
2. Controlling what you see on the TV monitor or big screen means that you can easily enjoy YouTube videos or movies. You can enjoy them FULL SIZE from the comfort of your couch, lounge chair, or bed, using your mobile device or laptop as a Remote Control.
3. It is more fun to watch business training or motivational videos on a larger screen too.
There you have it – desktop screen sharing, taken to a new level, both for business and fun.”
Kevin Bowser – 2014
Some of the things in the above excerpt are now options offered on Smart TVs, but I included them since everyone doesn’t own a Smart TV. I have one in my bedroom, but I have a Dumb TV in my living room. Lol. That one stays connected to a computer with an HDMI cable.
In general, I enjoy technology immensely, including Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency! But in particular, I’m thankful to be up to date with much of the current screen sharing technology, and I use it almost daily. That positions me to take the lead on helping members in my group to operate their Compumatrix business successfully. Who is ready to Synch AND Swim?
Oh, wait a minute. Oops! I meant to say Screen SAVER Technology! Nevermind everything I mentioned above. Let me start over again. (JUST KIDDING! FDLOL.) Thank you for your time and attention to my blog and my zany ramblings today.