So today I got a new headset and fired up Skype. I made a free phone call to my friends up north, and then just left Skype running.
I’m reading the Dope, and Skype flashes up. It’s this guy from Brasil who I’ve run into online occasionally, he’s in Japan teaching an introductory class in Esperanto, and he’s Skype-calling all over the world to demonstrate how the language can be used in international communications.
There’s a video window, and I can see the rest of the class. We chat for a while, and then he goes on to call someone else.
Yes, yes, I know. Webcams have been around for years, and I just haven’t paid attention to them. but it looks like bandwidth has improved to the point where the quality doesn’t suck anymore. In fact, it’s quite clear, though there is a bit of a delay. Cheap international communications! Damn, this is cool.
Now I have to get a webcam.