Skype

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Teddy, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. Teddy

    Teddy Boogie Nights...!

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    Anyone tried this : http://www.skype.com/

    "Skype is the next phenomenon from the people who brought you KaZaA. Just like KaZaA, Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you to other users – not to share files this time, but to talk for free with your friends."
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I downloaded and installed it some days ago. I want to try talking to my brother in New York, but he's in Seattle right now, so I haven't got a chance to try it yet.
    Quite curious to see what the call quality is like.
     
  3. net-cruizer

    net-cruizer Guest

    I too have downloaded it, but haven't actually used it.
    Does seem pretty cool though.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    huh? :confused: so it's just like netmeeting or what?
    Also is it bogged down with spyware/adware like KaZaA ?
     
  5. NetRyder

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    It's P2P telephony, using a different protocol, not found in any existing internet telephony applications. That's why I'm curious to see what the sound quality is like.
    And no, it isn't spyware-ridden like KaZaA ;)
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    May give it a go later..
    don't like the sound of that :p
     
  7. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    hmm, interesting. My dad is in South Africa right now, might call him later using this and tell you guys about it!
     
  8. NetRyder

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    Yeah, I believe once the beta is complete, they will be adding a paid PC-to-Phone service. However, they currently plan to keep PC-to-PC calls free.

    o_87: Let us know what you think. :)
     
  9. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Seeing as it's the new pc->pc technology that supposedly makes this app stand above the rest, I think they should leave it at that. PC->phone apps are worthless.
     
  10. X-Istence

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    I wanna try this. Anyone somewhere in the UK want to try?
     
  11. TheBlueRaja

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

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    Why not just use Netmeeting or Gamevoice for this?
     
  12. s.n.a.g

    s.n.a.g Guest

    tried that, cant hear anything from my friend.

    icq, msn, yahoo..... also have this kind of service
     
  13. NetRyder

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    All existing voice/video chat services use VoIP protocols such as H.323 or SIP. Skype is supposed to be different in that it uses a true P2P protocol. Honestly, the video/voice quality in MSN Messenger is superb when both sides are using broadband connections. As I said earlier, although there are so many voice chat services already available, I'm curious to see what the P2P telephony of Skype can accomplish.
     
  14. TheBlueRaja

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

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    H323 (which is a umbrella standard encompassing lots of protocols) is used by most VoIP applications, commonly used among these in applications like Netmeeting is G.729 and the voice quality is really good, at about 13k each way you dont need much more than a 128K connection to get good results. However, with a little tweaking you can get G.711 running on Netmeeting (its CITTT in the Audio options) and that is uncompressed voice at 64k - as good as a traditional telephone service - give or take a bit of delay for transmission. You can get this running no problem if you have a 512k connection.

    With P2P the quality will be determined by the protocol that the application decides to use, and the chances are that it will either be the same as whats available already or potentially worse depending if any nodes on the net have been optimised to recognise H323 traffic or not. Which to be honest - they probably have not - but there a hell of a lot more chance of it than any P2P app has.

    In reality this is just a lot of hooha about nothing - we already have these capabilities for free.
     
  15. Petros

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    I'm going to try it tonight for real. Is this any better than talking over Teamsound?
     
  16. NetRyder

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    Nobody seems to have tried it yet, and neither have I. Perhaps you could post some feedback here after you try it tonight, HandyBuddy.
    :)
     
  17. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Voice is nice. Webcams and video conferencing is better and messenger supports both. :D
     
  18. lion7718

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    Myself & 3 others have used this regularly since it came out. We have had no problems so far except 1..Skype started send error messages to us at the sametime..it was a Network thing I guess. Other than that, it does what it says. About Kazaa, it's not made by Sherman's Kazaa...but the people who 1st made Kazaa...at least thats what I read somewhere.
     
  19. Terrahertz

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    Anyone here uses it? I just saw it on tech TV and I downloaded it. Its from the guys who I think made Kazaa. Its a free P2P service that is use to make phone calls on the PC. Any input would be nice heres the link.
    http://www.skype.com/skype.html
     
  20. Teddy

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