Video Skype

   26 July 2006, early morning

I chatted with my cousin online using Skype and my iSight. It was pretty incredible. I’ve had an iSight for a while now, which while handy, hasn’t really been used for its intended purpose: I take photobooth photos with it, which I email to Shima on occasion, and I scan books with it in to Delicious Library. This was the second time I used the iSight to video-chat with someone. The first time was with Dave using iChat, and that was way too much trouble to get started. Dave and I were mucking around for a good while before we finally got the video-chat going, and even then it was pretty choppy and unimpressive. Skype on the other hand works really well. I didn’t have to fidget with firewall settings and the like to get things started (though this may be because I started to session). The video and audio are both quite good; It isn’t 30fps video, but its not that bad. Actually seeing and talking to someone all the way in Sydney was cool. The future is now. (Well the future has been here for a while I suppose, I’ve just been missing out till now.)

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Comments

  1. By iSight you mean the cylinder or the one built into the spanking new iMac of yours?

  2. Just the built in one.

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