Scott Hanselman

Hooked on Skype

May 11, 2004 Comment on this post [2] Posted in Diabetes | Africa
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Ya, even though I’m the one that hooked you on it, it’s worth reiterating.  Skype is SO cool.  The sound quality is disturbingly good.  I’ve talked to Canadians, Africans and Austrians and it’s crystal clear.  I just got off the Skype with John Bristowe and interestingly enough we were both on wireless on our laptops behind Lord knows what firewalls and had a lovely conversation. 

FYI: I’m “glucopilot” on Skype.  Check it out!

Today, Scott "the German who doesn't speak German" Hanselman introduced me to one of best pieces of software I've seen in the last time: Skype []

Skype is a free, non-adware P2P voice over IP application (from the makers of kazaa) which doesn't force you to reconfigure your firewall and which provides voice quality which is better than, or at least comparable to a phone. With no noticeable lag and no blank-out periods like transatlantic phone calls.

It rocks for me because a lot of my friends are distributed amongst five different continents and Skype allows me to keep in touch with them better than IM would allow me to. Today I've already talked to friends in the US and Africa just as easily as using IM. I'm impressed. [Ingo Rammer's Weblog]

Update: I've added a 'Skype me!' badge to the left, underneath the email me.  Skype supports pluggable protocol/custom url handers.  Note the 'callto://' syntax.  Slick. 

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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May 14, 2004 9:10
Yup, Skype is amazing. Most of my colleagues use Skype. One of my colleagues is in east coast and rest of us are in west coast. We use Skype to do conference call. I can't wait for the improvement of Skype though it's already amazingly good.
May 15, 2004 1:29
I can't quite figure out what the big deal is about Skype. It seems to do everything Messenger + TeamSpeak do. Can someone enlighten me?

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