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    Skype Anyone?

    Does anyone here use Skype? What's your experience with it good and bad?

    I am helping out a family friend who's in college and she wants to use it for video conferencing with friends.

    Is it easy to use?

    I can't access their web page due to my company's blocker.

    Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated!

    JSE

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    My wife and I use Skype all the time. My dad gets to see his grand-daughter growing up. And my wife gets to stay in touch with her sister in the Philippines.
    What kind of help do you need?
    Wifey set it up, but it doesn't seem hard to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    Does anyone here use Skype? What's your experience with it good and bad?
    I use it all the time to speak to relatives in England, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. It is great, and it requires no additional investment but a set of headphones/microphone. The rest comes with the price of internet.

    I am helping out a family friend who's in college and she wants to use it for video conferencing with friends.

    Is it easy to use?
    Extremely

    I can't access their web page due to my company's blocker.

    Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated!

    JSE
    JSE, there is no worry here for what you are trying to accomplish. It is easy peasy, and it works pretty damn well for both voice and video. The only thing to watch is how much activity is happening in the computer while on Skype. If you are doing a lot of processing, there can be lags and sync issues with the picture and audio. Using it in a wireless system is quite different than a wired system, latency and stability become an issue in a wireless setup(laptop connected wirelessly to a network).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    I am helping out a family friend who's in college and she wants to use it for video conferencing with friends. JSE
    What's she look like?

    Phone number?

    Daddy issues?

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    Thanks GM and T,

    Sounds like I should be able to get her up and running fairly easy. I'm pretty sure her apartment has a hard line for internet from what I remember so that should make it more stable per Sir T.

    Would a WebCam/Microphone combo be sufficient for Video?

    Thanks for the fast help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich-n-Texas
    What's she look like?

    Phone number?

    Daddy issues?



    Cartman Issues!!!!!!

    As in Cartman would kick YER ARSE!!!

    I think I may have mentioned she and her sister to you before in other conversations. She's like a daughter to the wife and I. She's up at SMU now.

    Don't go looking for her!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    Thanks GM and T,

    Sounds like I should be able to get her up and running fairly easy. I'm pretty sure her apartment has a hard line for internet from what I remember so that should make it more stable per Sir T.

    Would a WebCam/Microphone combo be sufficient for Video?

    Thanks for the fast help.
    Yes, but don't cheap out too much. The video quality can be pretty crappy with some of those Wally World specials. We bought a Philps (the 2nd time around) and it works great.

    Be careful though. I saw a report the other day saying how hackers can access your webcam without you knowing about it. (So becareful when you are watching porn Rich.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE


    Cartman Issues!!!!!!

    As in Cartman would kick YER ARSE!!!

    I think I may have mentioned she and her sister to you before in other conversations. She's like a daughter to the wife and I. She's up at SMU now.

    Don't go looking for her!
    But wouldn't you want her to meet a nice guy like Richie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    But wouldn't you want her to meet a nice guy like Richie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    But wouldn't you want her to meet a nice guy like Richie?

    Rich would crack under my pressure. Her 2 past boyfriends feared me! The 2nd one who recentlly broke up with her lives around the corner from me. The quickest route to his house is to drive by mine. The longer route, by about a mile, bypasses my house. I used to see him drive by my house all the time. Now, not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    Rich would crack under my pressure. Her 2 past boyfriends feared me! The 2nd one who recentlly broke up with her lives around the corner from me. The quickest route to his house is to drive by mine. The longer route, by about a mile, bypasses my house. I used to see him drive by my house all the time. Now, not so much.
    But Richie would treat her like a queen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    But Richie would treat her like a queen.

    No......

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    Let's try to stay on topic okay?

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    I use Skype to call Japan every night for work.
    Just a bit over 2 cents a minute, and no complaints on the sound quality.

    I haven't tried the video.

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    Thanks for the help everyone, even GM & Rich who tried to get me fired up! Looks like something I can get set up for her pretty easily. I'll let you guys know how it goes. Probably be next weekend before she comes back to Houston so maybe I can get it done then.

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    You never did say if she is cute or not. No fears here. My wife is HOT!
    WARNING! - The Surgeon General has determined that, time spent listening to music is not deducted from one's lifespan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    You never did say if she is cute or not. No fears here. My wife is HOT!
    Both the girls are very beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    Both the girls are very beautiful.

    So you wouldn't mind if I stepped in instead of Rich...it seems safer and certainly more appropriate...I'm just sayin'...
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

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    DAMMIT 'sticks! You musclin' in on my territory?!





    Now where'd I put that MAPSCO...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sticks
    So you wouldn't mind if I stepped in instead of Rich...it seems safer and certainly more appropriate...I'm just sayin'...
    I'm gonna take your head........



    Quote Originally Posted by Richy
    DAMMIT 'sticks! You musclin' in on my territory?!





    Now where'd I put that MAPSCO...
    and shove it up his arse!

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    Clearly that's not the response I was hoping for...

    I feel as though I've been misrepresented on these here internets...not given a fair shake I say...
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

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    Cartman has a very hostile attitude. Maybe time for a timeout? :shrug:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    I'm gonna take your head........





    and shove it up his arse!
    Wouldn't that be very dark? How would he breath? Where would he mount the camera?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    Wouldn't that be very dark? How would he breath? Where would he mount the camera?

    http://www.goprocamera.com/index.php...&productid=29#

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    OUCH! Rich, dude. This is gonna hurt big time. That's about as bad as a pineapple.
    WARNING! - The Surgeon General has determined that, time spent listening to music is not deducted from one's lifespan.

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