I remember years back talking with you on Skype - it was indeed weird. The conversation was anything but fluent - all broken up by the packet streaming.
Right. I hated it! They say it's way better nowadays, but some of the podcasts I hear that use it still have packet problems... so....
I've used Skype extensively with a Skype-in # since I bought an iPod Touch in October 2010. The first client I used seemed good but after "upgrading" the experience became problematic. Sometimes it's still good, but often it's awful at one or both ends of the call. And dropped calls are another Skype issue.The problem may be with the client or it could be with Skype itself. It's impossible to tell.One of the things that's ugly about Skype is that they have no actual customer service whatsoever so if you have a problem you're SOL.One of my resolutions for 2013 is to switch to Google Voice but I have not done so yet.Though, YMMV. So good luck if you try Skype!xoxoxJoely
Well, I was thinking about it because I heard you can have rooms going in Skype, where people can pop in with links for you and stuff while yer talkin' and I was thinking some pretty good work could start happening that way... and if I ever get it together to do a podcast or a BlogTalk thing, Skype works for that stuff too. Maybe so does Google Talk. I dunno. I love the idea of free calling. I just really very seriously can't stand the breaking up and cutting and packet loss or delay action in that stuff.I remember when people got all those millions of free minutes on their cell phones. They'd call me from them. They'd call me from the bottom of the ocean. I hated it! I forbade all my friends to call me on their cells unless it was an emergency. I'm sensitive that way.xoxoxoxox
I'm no good with video calls. I guess my ADD kicks-in. Also there are quality/latency issues that degrade my cognition. Again, could be amplified by ADD.Voice quality on Skype has been unpredictable. And the dropped calls are infuriating. Note: Always have a resync protocol with the person to whom you're talking. If you both try to reconnect simultaneously it can be like that wave in Apocalypse Now that broke in both directions ;-) Well, not exactly that, but it can get crazy.Anyway with Microsoft buying Skype I wouldn't expect Skype to solve any of their problems. Microsoft has been doling out bad software forever. I don't think they're capable of perceiving quality issues. It's not in their DNA.xoxoxJoely
On the other hand, Google is a little too good with AI so everything you say will be spooled & parsed. But Microsoft would cut in front of Google in line to hand over your data, so it may be a wash.xoxoxJoely
Oh. Well. Then. Skype's out. I hate Microsoft. I hate Bill Gates. I hate, hate, hate their despicable operating systems and don't get me started. I will not be doing Skype if they end up owning it. Thanks for the tip.No. Really.XOXOXOX
Always have a resync protocol with the person to whom you're talking. If you both try to reconnect simultaneously it can be like that wave in Apocalypse Now that broke in both directionsReminds me of the time I was on an eight party line - trying to call a friend who was also on the same eight party line.
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