So there I was, earlier this evening at around 19:00, sitting in my TV room with the door closed (to reduce the noise from the rest of the house). Laptop open in front of me. Fancy shirt on top, (shorts on the bottom), shaved and hair nicely made up, Samson USB Studio Mic in front of me, giving a presentation to ~100 Americans.
Camera on, lights on, all going well.
10 mins into the presentation the lights go off. Stupid automation that I set up to turn off the lights after 20 mins of no motion.
Of course, wearing shorts I can’t get up to go and jump in front of the motion sensor, so I apologise, get out my phone and start searching for Home Assistant (I don’t want to open up HA in a browser since I’m sharing my screen). A colleague on the call asks if it is loadshedding but my other colleague knows me and makes a joke about wonky home automation systems.
In the process of finding my phone I bump the mic, which causes it to disconnect and reconnect (the Mini-USB port is well worn) which causes the teleconference software to pop up a modal dialog asking if I want to use the new hardware (which is pretty much the same mic it used 10 seconds ago). In the process of sorting it out I somehow lose the popup window behind Powerpoint and browsers and the Teams session I have open on the side, which means I can’t unmute myself again since I have to click “Yes” or “No” first, but can’t find the window.
Luckily we had a video we were planning on showing, so my colleague switched over to that while the South African try to sort out their sound in the dark by fumbling with their phone.