Monday, January 16, 2006

Skype Goes Video-Capable

For those who don’t keep up on these things (well, neither do I, really), the latest version of Skype comes with video capability.
Since at least one person in the conversation has to have a webcam, my initial reaction was “yeah, that’s nice, who cares?” I don’t spend all that much time on Skype and I certainly couldn’t think of anyone I knew with a webcam, so I didn’t rush to download the new version.
Life being as full of surprises as it is, the very next Skype call I got proved to include video, and since I hadn’t downloaded the new Skype, I couldn’t see any of it!
I’m not sure I missed anything remarkable (I know what my friends look like, in a general sort of way), but I’ve now downloaded the new version just in case someone with a webcam wants to show me something interesting. For example, I’m looking forward to seeing the 2006 calendar that features Czech politicians’ heads grafted onto famous works of art, but I guess I can wait till I next get to Brno for that.

Note:
1) Jesse hints at the images on the calendar here. You can pressure him to post the real thing.
2) For the many readers coming over from Skype Journal, welcome and my regrets that this is not one of my more interesting posts (apart from the last line). I like to think that I am usually more entertaining. For something more amusing, you could try this post (inspired by a used-bookstore find) or my recent look at Brno's online journalism. Of course, if you would really like to know more about my experiences with Skype, you can click on the link to my Skype Del.icio.us tag, below.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous IP Phone only said...

Skype using p2p and it's uncontrollable by network admin. Video make those traffic much heavy. Lot's of party a finding ways to block it. I think use open standard is the solution.

January 25, 2006 12:40 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

You have a good point. Many people have slow connections, and even Skype without video can be problematic.

January 25, 2006 10:30 AM  

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