One of the current business activities is starting to involve teleconferencing. Latest manifestation uses Google Hangouts. And: not the Google identity that I usually use on my computer and phone; it's a separate one, for that specific business.
Well, no problem. Chrome makes it reasonably easy to manage multiple identities. It's current, and it's Google, and Hangouts ought to work fine... right?
Except, no. Chrome doesn't receive audio from my webcam's microphone, which is the only working microphone connected (within living memory, and then only connected sometimes) to my computer.
I do some testing: Audacity can record from the webcam mic. An on-line browser mic test works with Firefox, once I give permission to use the mic. With Chrome? I give permission - and make sure I have the webcam mic selected in Chrome's settings! - and the test records pure silence.
So I invoke a private browser window from Firefox, log into the special Google account, launch hangouts, install the plugins, and... I'm not actually sure it's working. Firefox has some peculiarities, some of which may relate to my configuration.
OK, so: invoke Firefox via the profile manager thingy. Create a new profile, just for this stuff. At least some of my wonky configuration doesn't carry over. Behavior of Hangouts is still different from Chrome, and I still can't tell if it's working or not.
Oh, well. Guess I'll find out early in the next teleconference.
Maybe I should try this on my laptop; things might be different. Or not.
Additional: Added the business-specific account on my phone, so there's another option. I presume Hangouts will play nice with a Google-era Motorola Droid-O-Phone.
I'm gong to need a working teleconferencing setup In The Future, if I really end up living in the boonies. Also, some kind of network blackboard thingy. Maybe even a small fleet of telepresence robots stationed at client sites...?