Re: how to answer a video phone call?

Tim_Dorcey@cornell.edu
Wed, 26 Oct 1994 22:57:15 -0400


>Does anyone know of a way to ring someone's computer to tell them they have a
>video call waiting? It seems rather silly to call someone on the phone and say
>"turn on CUSeeMe so we can talk" or to send email back and forth. I suspect the
>CUSM application could run in the background which means someone with
>programming skills might be able to write a patch so that when the IP # of the
>machine is called an alert sound or window would appear to notify the
>recipient. If this is not already on the to-be-developed wish list could it be
>added? It might make the focused use of the technology for point-to-point
>communication easier for some to adopt.

Something close to that has been in the application since day 1 (when there
were no reflectors), at least in the Mac version. If you have CU-SeeMe
running and someone tries to connect to you, 1 of 2 things will happen: a)
a connection will automatically be established and you will begin sending
and/or receiving video or b) a dialog box will open asking if you wish to
accept a connection. There are items in the Preferences box to decide
which should happen. One thing it does not do, however, is bring CU-SeeMe
to the foreground or alert you in any sort of way, so it's quite likely
that the dialog box will come up behind other windows and you will never
see it. We should probably do something about that.

-Tim

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Tim Dorcey T.Dorcey@cornell.edu
Sr. Programmer/Analyst (607) 255-5715
Advanced Technologies & Planning
CIT Network Resources
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
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