Computer Related Article
By Will Claney
Look Me In The Eye – Ok I Believe
“’Seeing is believing’ is an idiom first recorded in this form in 1639 that means ‘only physical or concrete evidence is convincing,’” according to Wikipedia. I’ll bet most people feel more won over about a issue when they see you face to face. Skype is just that kind of hook-up.
Skype is free software to download and use. Your calls are free when calling site-to-site – that means calls from your computer to another person’s computer are free over the Internet with a user name. If, however, one uses Skype to call a real phone number like 925-672-9989 then, you need a paid telephone network.
Skype is a video telephone network that works on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. All you need to get started communicating with friends, family, co-workers or clients is a computer, monitor (any), a web camera, good clear speakers and Skype software. You probably own everything you need to get started, but if you don’t…
Your computer, laptop or tablet should be at least a Pentium 4 (or compatible AMD CPU) running at 1.8GHz or faster, with a minimum of 2GB of RAM or more. 4GB or more is recommended. If you’re short of RAM, upgrade it. Cost, about $50.00.
Get a good web camera, if yours is old and not 720p resolution or better, get a new one. They’re simple to install. Cost, about $40.00. By the way, if you’re using a notebook, laptop, tablet or smartphone your web cam is already built-in and ready to use. Smartphones don’t require the same prerequisites as using a PC or compatible computer. Most smartphones are fully configured to run Skype right out of the box.
Speakers are a great feature; remember you are talking on a phone device and you need to hear the caller clearly. Get speakers that are clear, clean and amplified (they plug into the wall socket for power). Cost, about $30.00.
A Big “Gotya” to Avoid
Skype is free software to download and use site-to-site. That means video calls from your computer to another computer are free. Skype is simple to setup and it supports most operating systems (O/S like Windows, Chrome, Apple). No major challenges here.
But (there’s always a “but”) be careful from what web site you download Skype. If you Google Skype, the results from the search are likely dangerous. Here’s the problem, these free download sites add applications to the download. So, you wind up with Skype, and applications you don’t want like a download manager, a video player, some software for “special” games, virus, malware and annoying browser redirects to weird web sites and the like. Basically they load you up with stuff you don’t need, want or care about.
The point I am making download Skype from the Microsoft web site. Microsoft owns it. Go to www.microsoft.com/downloads (go to bottom of page) then choose Skype to download and follow simple directions. Oh, go on. Try it.