From: william (WILLIAMA) 8 May 18:24
To: ALL1 of 18
So I do a regular Zoom session with a group of writers. Zoom has a share screen function, which, I guess, just captures video card output and shares that with attendees. Today I was looking at a shared screen - and spotted a tiny fruit fly crawling around. So I reached out and flicked at it, only to have my finger pass right over because it was actually pixels n' stuff!!!!

Bear in mind that the other attendees are a bunch of middle-aged elderly (must be honest) ladees, to whom Zoom is a kind of magic. Not fair, but basically there's no hoaxing involved.

From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 9 May 11:15
To: william (WILLIAMA) 2 of 18
Sounds like a bug.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 9 May 20:29
To: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 3 of 18
I'll set them up....
From: Drew (X3N0PH0N)10 May 16:11
To: william (WILLIAMA) 4 of 18
Reminds me of the time I think Andy Black had termites living inside his monitor.  
From: william (WILLIAMA)10 May 18:51
To: Drew (X3N0PH0N) 5 of 18
It is very odd. I know that various different captures and overlays, mainly from webcams are going on, in order to present participants alongside the shared screen, but I still can't think what happened. If a fly, even a tiny one got onto a camera lens, I'd expect it to a) appear huge and b) be on the feed/overlay of whoever's camera it was.
From: Drew (X3N0PH0N)10 May 19:09
To: william (WILLIAMA) 6 of 18
An insect *inside* your monitor does actually seem plausible...
From: william (WILLIAMA)16 May 16:44
To: Drew (X3N0PH0N) 7 of 18
Found out what it was. Feel a bit daft.

Elderly lady writer who was using her daughter's laptop. Daughter has animated cursor. A little fly. 
From: Gobfounded (YVE)16 May 17:32
To: Drew (X3N0PH0N) 8 of 18
Them thunderbugs get into everything.
From: Drew (X3N0PH0N)17 May 00:29
To: william (WILLIAMA) 9 of 18
Hahaha. To be fair, I don't think I would've guessed that in a million years.
From: milko17 May 11:29
To: ALL10 of 18
From: ANT_THOMAS22 May 19:15
To: william (WILLIAMA) 11 of 18
That sounds very early Internet days
From: william (WILLIAMA)22 May 23:44
To: ANT_THOMAS 12 of 18
Much like those signatures that were so popular once. You know, where people demanded at least half a screen of blinking, flashing animated gifs. 
From: Dan (HERMAND) 7 Jun 13:00
To: william (WILLIAMA) 13 of 18
And the era of flash signatures! Some of the oens here were mad, I think Xen had some with games embedded
From: Drew (X3N0PH0N) 7 Jun 16:49
To: Dan (HERMAND) 14 of 18
I had a little game of blackjack with an owl dealer that remembered your score and stuff. Flash was great for whipping up little toys in a semi-visual way, never found owt to replace it.

I loved Sulkpot's sig. It was just the letters of his name in rainbow colours but it swooshed in a very pleasing way when you rolled over it, always satisfying. 
From: william (WILLIAMA) 7 Jun 18:20
To: Drew (X3N0PH0N) 15 of 18
The signatures of teh were, and are, models of taste and common decency. The signatures of those who have bathrooms equipped with Italian marble and gold taps, drive 8 litre V12 trucks to Tesco, and employ signatures created with Frontpage Express by MY MATE KEV (or Tarquin, or Brian), are another matter.
From: Drew (X3N0PH0N) 7 Jun 20:24
To: william (WILLIAMA) 16 of 18
Oh for sure. 
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 8 Jun 13:33
To: william (WILLIAMA) 17 of 18
I like the ones that listed all their gear (yes, mouse and keyboard too), including model numbers, logos, specs, benchmarks and game stats. If you have encountered such.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 8 Jun 18:36
Oh yes.