lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 28 12:11:22 MST 2006
When me and the wife were in Turkey, we learned about Skype from her old
friend Nesa. This basically allows you to make phone calls over the
Internet without paying a penny as long as you have the software installed
on either end. You can use a cheap microphone and the computer's speakers
instead of a phone, or you can buy a phone or headset that can be plugged
into a USB port from the Skype website. My wife called Nesa in Istanbul the
other day and was pleased to discover that the sound quality is better than
Pingo's, a service we use that is based on payment in advance and that
costs 11 cents a minute for a call to Turkey.
Since Skype allows up to five people to speak to each other in a conference
call, it might be useful for online conversations on an occasional basis.
For example, we could designate sessions in which somebody from Argentina,
Turkey, Brazil, etc. to answer questions about the political situation in
their country and to get to know other Marxmail comrades on a more personal
basis. The latest release of Skype actually includes a webcam capability so
we can see Nestor or whoever.
Of course, anything like this involves security considerations but not so
much more than those involved with posting to a Marxism list in the first
I should mention that Skype was developed by the same programmers who
developed kazaa, for what that's worth.
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