Friday, October 27, 2006

Is this phoning over the Internet lark really any good?

Yes it is! And not only that but the video over the Internet (or more accurately over IP) also works a treat. I've never bothered looking into things like Skype before because I'm a typical man who uses phones to arrange where to meet people rather than as a meeting place in itself. It astounds me when I hear Ali on the phone for hours on end cackling with her friends about what is in Heat Magazine or what is happening in Desperate Housewives.

However, now we have a nipper on the way I though it might be a good idea to figure out how easy it was to communicate for free with friends and family around the country who may appreciate a squint at the little dude when it arrives. And I am very pleased to report that it is brilliant! Last night I was chatting with my mates Si and Sally in Lincolnshire and today I established my first video call with my mate Matt in Warrington. As you can see in the image where he appears to be pondering a a question of great significance. All for free. I don't think I will ever be the most chatty phone user whether it is on VOIP or the old land line but with the addition of video it certainly makes it a bit more interesting. Here is what Matt had to look at. MrPorts in full screen mode.
One thing you have to get used to with video on computers is that the camera is normally either above or to the side of the screen so that when you are looking at the screen (as you would to see your caller) you are looking away from your own camera.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spoken like a true Yorkshireman!!Why pay if you don't have to!!
Sue xx

Tony C said...

It's not 'really' free is it? After all you pay for yer broadband...well I hope you do. Besides to really work someone has to pay somewhere along the way. Lets not forget t'internet was paid for by the porn industry.

Cheap as chips yes...free no.

Matt said...

What the picture doesn't show you is that the reason I look like I'm pondering an important question is because my camera fell off the top of my laptop lid and broke a key.

Should I superglue it or send it in for repair..? Instant fix or wait ages..?

BTW - Tony. Wasn't Outlook supposed to be "Free"?

Anonymous said...

Not sure I'd buy a used car... or broadband from either of you chaps!!

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Tony C said...

Matt...another myth mate. :o)