CTD for February 10, 2007
A brief podcast about Skype…the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) computer telephony software. In this show, I explain why I’m BOTH enthused and dismayed by Skype:
a) Skype is a quiet and therefore tension-reducing product enhancing voice communications making them more intimate. It really enhances conference calls and simple voice calls in new and more important ways;
b) I tell a couple of personal stories of how Skype has provided meaningful communications for my family and one other with whom I’ve shared my Skype enthusiasm
c) Demonstrate Skype quality with a recording of a call with my bride who is on a Frankfurt, Germany hotel phone at the same time my daughter is racing through a shopping mall in Florida while on a cell phone
d) With a recording of using the Skype dialpad to get into interactive voice response systems, I demonstrate why Skype can’t yet be trusted or fully utilized for business voice telephony since its DTMS (Dual Tone Multi Frequency or touch tones) implementation is flawed
e) Lastly, I want to test out Skype-to-Skype recording while we’re both on decent microphones (vs. headsets) so I connect with fellow podcaster Tim Elliott of the Winecast podcast and we do an impromptu — albeit NOT optimized quality — discussion which I recorded.