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DEPLOYMENTS: What You MUST Know
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This section updated Thursday, July 5, 2007 ~ 17:03 CST
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Internet access varies widely from location to location. Availability is improving. In Okinawa, my son and I talked via a web cam provided by the USO computer center. I have moms of army soldiers that have talked with their sons via web cams from Baghdad. So it is possible. Here are some things we've learned:

AVAILABILITY VARIES WIDELY
From country to country, access to email and other online communication varies widely. Even city to city or camp to camp in the same country will vary widely. If your Marine has access to the Internet, they'll let you know.

WEB CAMS
The web cam my son and I used in Okinawa was through MSN Instant Messenger, but I have heard of them using Yahoo! Instant Messenger as well.

In Baghdad, the reports I've heard of successful web cam transmissions used Yahoo! Instant Messenger.

For a discussion about web cams from other families, please see this section of the message boards:
http://www.usmcparents.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3126

Downloading and registering for a Yahoo!Messenger account:
From Stephanie, Marine Parent from California

  • Point your web browser to http://www.yahoo.com.
  • At about the center of the page, in the row labeled "Connect" click on the link named "Messenger."
  • In large print at the center of the page, you should see "Messenger 5.6 (pc) Is Now Available." Click on the blue text that reads "GET IT NOW."
  • A new page will begin to load, and a dialog box will appear, asking if you want to install and run Yahoo!Install Manager - click "Yes" at the bottom of the box, and the download will begin.
  • Another new page will load indicating that installation has started and will start automatically. The Install Manager will open a dialog box. Follow the prompts to install the Messenger onto your computer.
  • When the installation is complete, choose "Finish."
  • The messenger will automatically launch and display a small dialog box for Login. At the top of the box is an option for "Get a Yahoo! ID - click this. Follow the prompts in the next dialog box to create your new Yahoo! ID. Based on your name and location, the computer will suggest a few user names to you, which you can use, or you can choose "Create My Own" to pick your own username. You will also be prompted to create a password. You will also be prompted to choose a security question and answer, as well as provide your birthdate and current e-mail address. You can click the option to create a yahoo e-mail account based on your screenname, which is usually a good idea so your Marine won't have to memorize different screennames and addresses.
  • You will be prompted through a word verification process to check your web browser capabilities, and then reach a confirmation page. Follow the prompt at the bottom and you will be taken back to the login box, where your new username and password will already be entered for you.

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