My good buddy Larry Jackson needed some help with HTML, and asked if I could give him a call. Seeing how he’s in Texas and I’m in California, and we don’t have the same cell phone provider, it was the perfect excuse to try Skype for my first time.
My thoughts on Skype? I’ll put it this way: we ended up chatting for over an hour. We went beyond the simple discussion of HTML. He talked about his new business venture, expressed his happiness with the forums, and joked around about some of the members in there as well. (Nothing bad, just some good laughs.)
Yahoo has voice chat, but it’s not as good as Skype. I installed the program, plugged in my headset, setup my account, and was chatting with Larry within minutes. Simple. The quality was awesome, too! People aren’t joking when they say it sounds like the person is right next to you. Now I know what Adam Curry has been raving about.
Anybody else Skype? Add me!
(You can guess my username or ask me.) Why? Over the internet, its free!
Concerns: What do you do if you have speakers plugged in, and you don’t want the hassle of switching back and forth between the headset and speakers? I hate having to reach to the back of my computer to swap plugs. Would installing one of those gadgets that brings audio, USB, and Firewire ports to the front do the trick? If my headset is plugged in, would that override my speakers? If that device was inexpensive, I think it’s worth the cost. What to do?