Over the last few months, I have fully embraced Skype. I have been using it for years, but largely just for chat and the occasional phone call. But a couple months back when my primary phone (cell phone- a treo 700 with Verizon) became completely unreliable, I started using Skype heavily until I could switch back to T-Mobile.
During that time I came to like Skype a great deal more, especially the video call capability.
However, it has also been a little problematic. I sometimes lose sound or video for no reason and feel like I have to live in the Skype Options box, to keep the thing running properly.
The point that I am trying to make is that Skype is fantastic (and cheap) but it is only as good as your computer acts on your computer’s worst day. That means that if you want to live by Skype, you have to be prepared to die by skype whenever and where every your computer might take a dump on you.
I do not know why but for some insane reason, my computer likes to automatically change my microphone to mute from time to time without telling me. It also likes to lose track of my video camera input as well. Its one of those asinine problems that is about as fun to deal with as going to your doctors office and reading an obscure medical journal on lipovox reviews or something else almost useless for your day to day life.