OK, This Time It's Me Who Needs Computer Advice

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    Feb 07, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    Our friend from Holland who was staying with us until today asked me to download Skype for him on the computer he was using in our office, so he could be in touch with friends of his around the world for free. It lets you video with other subscribers.

    The free download from skype.com went well and the set-up easy on my Mac. I later put the Windows version on my partner's computer, so they can talk online when our friend returns to Holland.

    My question is this: do any of you have experience with Skype? How would you rate it with other similar programs? It seemed fast and responsive online to me, with acceptable visual & sound quality, and used the built-in video and audio devices without any problems on our 2 computers.

    And last, if you do have Skype and like it, would you consider using it with other RJ members? I've tried the RJ video chat feature here but it doesn't seem quite as good as Skype. Thanks!
  • HyannisGuy

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    Feb 07, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    I've used Skype for years, especially to communicate with my friends in foreign countries, particularly Australia.

    I love it, it's easy and simple to use. The quality is far better than MSN video chat or Yahoo video chat and the clarity of voice and picture is incredible.

    It's a huge money savings feature also if you talk long distance with friends and family around the world. It can also be used as strictly a texting client too.

    I think that its the best "free" video conferencing service on the internet. I'm now using it to teleconference with my employees and Board of Directors at the office as well.
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    Feb 07, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    I love Skype! I had it installed in my computer but never really used it until recently as my lovely God-daughter is in Barcelona, Spain doing her one semester classes there!! it is fun and exciting to see and hear her sharp and clear, she gets and sounds even more beautiful each day!! it is also a great way to keep in touch with family and friends from near and far other then just listening to their voices on the phone! I LOVE IT!


    Leandro ♥
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    Feb 07, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    use it, love it, couldn't be without it icon_smile.gif there isn't anything out there that actually works as effectively and I've tried TONS of them!
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    Feb 07, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    I've seen some profiles on here, indicating that they chat on Skype. So I guess the answer would be yes, Skype is probably much better than the built-in chat/cam feature here on RJ.
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    Feb 08, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI've seen some profiles on here, indicating that they chat on Skype. So I guess the answer would be yes, Skype is probably much better than the built-in chat/cam feature here on RJ.

    Thanks, guys! I just created my own Skype account, as RJPFTL.
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    Feb 08, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    RJer, WBarms, is a big user of Skype. Ask him.
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    Feb 08, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    Skype is pretty good but it also has some duplicated logic from other IM services. Yahoo messenger and Microsoft MSN are also pretty good when it comes to videoconferences and other services. Being this said it's less a matter of quality and more of a popularity issue. I don't use skyle simply because 98% of my friends use MSN and they won't go through the trouble of installing skyle when they know I already have msn and works just fine.

    Even though skype might have a couple of better feautures my friends just don't care bcause they don't need it. So that's the way it is, depending in the country or state ur closest friends live in ull end up with a different IM client.
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    Feb 08, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
    yeah, I use Skype. It's great; better than any other webcam/chat program I've used before.


    I'd consider skyping with other RJ members, but not just anyone and everyone.
  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Feb 08, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    Skype is pretty amazing because I can stay in touch with anyone and talk and see them and of course... its FREE icon_smile.gif
  • bradsmith

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    Feb 08, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    Skype is really cool if you need to call an actual phone, cell or landline. We used it in Europe last year and it worked way better than calling cards. I don't think Yahoo or MSN will let you call a phone. There is a charge for this on Skype, but its pennies a minute but I think you have to purchase $10 of minutes...so its not a great deal for just one or two calls...
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    Feb 08, 2010 10:05 AM GMT
    Have talked to several people on skype from here and from work. It's alright but I wouldn't exactly call it amazing.

    One thing I dislike about Skype is its lack of a Push-to-Talk feature, which basically means once a call is made, the receiver hears everything from your side of the line unless you went to the trouble of muting your mike totally with a senselessly difficult shortcut. And the obstinate refusal of the developers to make one. In their reasoning it's because putting a PTT function on Skype would make it too different from what Skype was supposed to emulate: A telephone.

    I mean... how crazy is that? That's the stupidest reason I've heard ever. PTT's make conversations less bandwidth-costly. They also make it echo less, and make people more understandable, and devs don't want it simply because they still think their product should be like last generation comms?

    There is however a separate Skype spinoff. I forgot what it was. Specifically made for gamers which has a PTT function. However, again it entails having to have two separate apps and AFAIK it's still in the beta testing stage. And there are already very good voice com software for gamers out there anyway - Mumble, Ventrilo, and Teamspeak which I've also used before (all of them have PTT and actually have better sound quality and more adjustable settings than Skype).
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    Feb 08, 2010 2:02 PM GMT
    Sedative saidOne thing I dislike about Skype is its lack of a Push-to-Talk feature, which basically means once a call is made, the receiver hears everything from your side of the line unless you went to the trouble of muting your mike totally with a senselessly difficult shortcut. And the obstinate refusal of the developers to make one. In their reasoning it's because putting a PTT function on Skype would make it too different from what Skype was supposed to emulate: A telephone.

    If that really is their reasoning, it is indeed faulty. Skype isn't functioning like a handheld phone, it's a SPEAKERPHONE with video. And every speakerphone I've ever used had an easy 1-touch mute function, and some also PTT, because of the indiscriminate way a microphone picks up room sounds, unlike a handset.

    Unless they're trying to push the purchase of various headsets Skype markets, that have boom mics. Certainly a headset makes more sense when using a notebook in a public place, or an office desktop in a work environment. We do have to remember that not all Skype use will be in your own home.

    Still, PTT should be optional, another feature that would be useful to some people, and wouldn't detract from the classic operation of this program.