Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
1996 was when I first started instant messageing my long time friend Robin Lecomte. After high school we went off in our own directions, me to Toronto, him to Edmonton. I ended up in Calgary in 1991 and in 1996 Robin and I started chatting away on ICQ.
I tried MSN over the years… but something about it didn’t really work for me
We, as a business, Adopted Yahoo IM
We adopted Yahoo messanger as our IM tool of choice after testing both Yahoo and Skype around 4 years ago. At the time voice chatting was only supported by Skype (if I recall correctly) and while voice via an instant messanger was kinda cool… the voice quality wasn’t. We still chat primarily with IM text messages… until this week.
Testing IM Voice Quality with D.A.D.
The true test for voice quality over the last few years has been a quick call to my father – Larry. He isn’t much tuned into technology, but he has no quams about telling me if he thinks it’s a “bad technology”. So over the years when I test various voice-over-ip services, I just give Dad a call. Just the slightest echo or static will put him over the edge. “Are you talking to me through that dumb computer again?”, he would say. I called my brother the other day using Yahoo and a new speaker phone for instant messangers… “Can’t you afford to call me on a real phone…” he asked. I concede, they were right. The voice quality from Yahoo messanger wouldn’t cut the mustard in business.
What About Skype?
I installed the latest version of Skype and made it my default internet phone software. I dial Dad’s number… slowly and with a degree of apprehension. What unique and colourful remark will he have for me when he detects that I am talking to him through my PC again?
David: Hi Dad.
Dad: My Son! (yes, it’s true, he talks that way)
David: What have you been up to today?
He goes on to tell me about his adventure building a fence gate. My fence of course, I am not very handy with a hammer… I type fast though
To my delight, Dad didn’t detect that I was talking to him through my computer on a speaker phone.
Skype has evolved into an excellent, quality service. They have tons of plans, services and options available. I am quite excited about the possibilities!
My business… we are holding our first conference call using Skype this Saturday. There will be 7 of us connecting at a pre-determined time to do a full project review. Helen will be connecting from her Hotel in London.
We will be adding Skype support to our growing list of products and services that we recommend to our small business clients.
Hey – why not get Skype now and give me a call?
David A. West