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Skype – A Great VOIP Application

Skype is one of the first programs on the Internet that takes advantage of VOIP technology.  What is VOIP?  In short, it is the transmission of voice from PC to PC (or even PC to phone and vice versa) using the Internet.

Did you know that the creators of Skype were also the same guys who had started the P2P network from Kazaa?  In fact, the Kazaa network gave them the knowledge they needed to build upon it and use Skype as the next platform using the same P2P concept.

Skype is zero configuration. All you need to do is create a Skype account, add your friends, and just hit the call button! In fact, you can get into conference call with your Skype buddies up to 8 (or is it 16) or so members and have a conversation.  The voice clarity is surprisingly clear, and its better than any teamspeak or ventrillo chat.

Once you Skype, there is no turning back. One of the great uses of Skype is to not only call friends, but also getting in touch with those who live far away.  For example, I can call my friend in Skype who lives in Australia, and don’t have to worry about paying long distance fees!  PC to PC communication is free, and now you can get it for various smart phones to have the Skype program installed.

If you want to talk underground, you can even reach me. My Skype username is versatileninja.  Sometimes it is just easier to talk about the concept rather than type everything out by hand.

Before you get Skype, I highly recommend you use a headset!  Sure, you can get one of those Skype USB phones, or a desktop mic, but it is not as convenient as a regular headset or even a bluetooth headset!  Last night there were three of us online (Hail2King, Voltaire, and myself), and unfortunately Hail had lent his headset to his brother.  Voltaire and I were on Skype, and we tried to go around using Gizmo to add Hail into the conference call so we could hear him speak, but in short it was not worth the effort, nor did it work as planned.

It is funny that as simple as having a headset avaialble would enable all three of us to talk at the same time without having to go through hoops, but sometimes if you have lemons, life doesn’t want to give you lemonades. 

Do you have Skype? Maybe another different VOIP application?  Let us know what you think about it!