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    Default GDG-"Skype" observations two months later- a must have!

    In October, I asked on this board if anyone had used Skype-a free software program that lets users enable video as they "talk" to others on their family/friend's list. As feedback was generally positive, I proceeded to help my family members create accounts and, if necessary, we bought webcams for their computers.

    I am so glad we did this. I have had my nephews sing me Happy Birthday as my father accompanied them on his guitar, seen Halloween costumes, watched gingerbread houses being made, exchanged "virtual" candy corns, and so on. Many times, it is great just to "see" the person when you talk to them. Plus you can forward Skype calls to your cell phone! I am still learning about this feature.

    There are other programs besides Skype you can use. Also, if you have Mac OS X, you may already have a camera built into your computer!

    Just FYI-

    "My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library." Bill Russell

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    My wife is from Ukraine and uses Skype to call home a lot. It doesn't cost much less, but the sound quality is way better than a calling card. It is way less expensive than calling internationally from a regular home phone. Also, she has several friends around the world with internet connections that she talks to for free, many with a webcam so thay have video. Great service.
    Chris Goeson

    "Friends help you move, true friends help you move the bodies."

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