I love Skype! And I love introducing people to Skype! Essentially, Skype is a free video phone on your computer. I use Skype all the time to talk to my daughter who lives 60 miles away. Talking on the phone is nice but being able to actually see her while we’re talking is a hundred times better! It feels like we’re actually sitting down and talking face to face. Then again, that’s exactly what we’re doing! Oh, and did I mention it was free?
What’s really cool is I can now video conference with friends all over the world. I sometimes Skype with my friend Michael in Bangledesh, where he and his wife work as school teachers and administrators. By doing a screen capture while we’re talking, I can “take a picture” of Michael at his desk. Think about that! Wherever I am with my laptop—at home, at a restaurant, or even in my car near a wifi connection—I can literally take a picture of the inside of a home, school or office building anywhere in the world! How cool is that!
Slowly but surely, I’m recruiting Skypers one by one. My high school friend Dave in Portland. My high school friend Neil in Australia. My college friend Geri in Salem. My blogging friend Darcy in Santa Fe. And just today, my college buddy Jim in Fresno. I hadn’t seen Geri in, what, thirty years? It was fun to actually see her again instead of just talking on the phone.
Skype is great if you’re far away from family members. I love demonstrating Skype to parents whose kids are away at college! When I tell people about Skype, they tend to yawn. But when I demonstrate it by Skyping my daughter and introducing them to her, that’s when they realize the power of Skype!
We all have people we’d love to see more often. Well, now you can! Anytime you want! All you have to do is go to skype.com and download the application. The rest is self-explanatory.
If you and the person you’re Skyping both have built-in cameras in your computers, you’ll be able to see each other. My sister in Portland doesn’t have a camera in her laptop, so I can only hear her voice but she can see me. If you don’t have a built-in camera, get a cheap webcam. That’s what my friend Geri did and it works beautifully.
Perhaps the most exciting part about Skype is that you can record your video chats and save them as QuickTime movies! Here are instructions I received from Skype Support for PC users:
To record a call in Skype please use a third-party application for such purpose, as Skype has no inbuilt service at this time. One example is Pamela software which can be found here. Pamela is Skype-certified software, meaning it has been tested to work with Skype when properly set up.
In Skype 3.0+ it can be located easily under ”Tools/Do More/Get Extras”, navigate over to Productivity tab and you should see Pamela listed there on the right.
It is a third-party software which offers organizer functions, call recording and much more. Click here for specific Pamela support.
I’m on a Mac so that didn’t work for me. Mac users can go to this website and order Call Recorder for $19.95. As soon as you purchase it, it will be delivered to you electronically. I’m no tech expert but I was up and running within minutes! Now all my Skype calls are recorded automatically!
Skype has other options too. I went to San Diego earlier this year for 10 days and was dismayed to find out that the apartment I stayed in didn’t have a land line, a phenomenon that’s all too common nowadays. Since my sensitivities don’t allow me to use a cell phone, I was out of luck.
Until now! By paying Skype $29.50 a year, I can call any phone number from my computer and talk as long as I’d like. And by using GarageBand on my Mac, I can tape the conversation. That’s huge, because I do a lot of interviews for magazine articles and can’t be without a phone or tape recorder. Now both those things are right on my laptop! And that means I’m free to travel without having to schedule my trips around my work schedule.
So what are you waiting for? Go to skype.com and get started Skyping! See you soon . . . literally!
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
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• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.