Friday, 15 October 2010

Video Conferencing

Skype has just released version 5 of its software for the Windows platform, and the main event there is video conference calling involving up to 10 participants. It even has an automatic feature to increase the picture size of the side that's doing the talking. Think about it: it's a technological wonder. And it's free!
Yet to me it serves mainly as a reminder of the world we live in. A world where it's going to take a while before I'm ever going to test this video conference calling feature. Why is that? Because my Israeli family is too scared of computers, preferring to pay and call me via normal phones instead. Because I don't remember the last time we had a Skype call with my English family. And because my friends don't seem interested enough to bother.
I have stopped complaining about the above for a while now. What I will complain about is the fact that such technological marvels are going to be left unused for so stupidly mundane reasons. What a waste!

4 comments:

Moshe said...

It's been available with other products for years, mainly oovoo. Not that I ever used it, for the same reasons you mentioned.

Moshe Reuveni said...

I've never tried oovoo myself. Skype's advantage had always been the fact that it's more popular, as in some people I know were actually using it.
Anyway, is oovoo worth trying?

Moshe said...

It's always good to try worthy alternatives to popular software (did I hear Windows?). You will need someone else to try it with, which is the difficult part.
Otherwise Jajah is another in-between cheaper alternative to consider.

Moshe Reuveni said...

I guess the lack of partners sentences me to Skype. At least Skype doesn't get on my nerves much; Jajah did, lately, with obscene call quality that made it pretty much unusable.
For the record, I first encountered oovoo through a pre-installed application on my laptop. Always a sign for troublesome software.

P.S. It's good to have that deja vu of emails telling me I got a message from myself again.