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I am curious how may Piazzans have Skype. If there are enough of us we could create a Piazza 'group'.

Those of us with webcams could (currently don't yet have one myself) use it to be able to have a virtual Piazza Con.

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I had Skype a while ago for work purposes, but I don't any more since we all use Communicator these days.

I also use GoogleTalk, although my only contact on it is my wife! We use it so she can 'talk' (well, type really) to me while I'm in the office without having to phone me up.
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I am on Skype, mostly to talk to my wife and kids. Maybe we could get some sort of virtual table going.
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I would definitely get skype to do this.

There are virtual table top stuff done at the WotC but I am not sure if we can play.
I know one of the guys at our local gameshop is using it, and is part of the beta test, but I am not sure if the rest of us civilians can use it.
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I know I can access it with my cells, not sure how it woulkd work though.
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I would need to get another computer.

My on-line gaming group used skype for a short while... but both my computer and another player's bogged down drastically... using OpenRPG, I went from virtually no lag between hitting enter and my text appearing in everyone else's text box to between 10 and 15 seconds lag... and all other functions of my computer slowed by the same amount.

Remember, every computer actively using skype is tasked by skype as a server to handle data transmissions for other skype users... not just your own.

If I had a newer computer with "gee-whiz" speed, "gosh-that's big" RAM, and a "latest thing" processor, maybe I wouldn't have that problem... but my machine is well over 5 years old.
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My problem with Skype is that it requires so much focus. I much prefer type based chats where I can make myself a cup of coffee in the middle of conversations... ^_^


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You could also go another route and use Ventrilio or another program (I forget). We used to use it for raids on World of Warcraft, something I long since retired from. I don't think it's overhead is as bad as Skype (I never did a comparison myself, just an observation).

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Havard wrote:My problem with Skype is that it requires so much focus. I much prefer type based chats where I can make myself a cup of coffee in the middle of conversations... ^_^
Currently I am using it as an instant messenger.

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Havard wrote:My problem with Skype is that it requires so much focus. I much prefer type based chats where I can make myself a cup of coffee in the middle of conversations... ^_^
Currently I am using it as an instant messenger.
Same here. When I use Skype, it is purely as a text-only service.
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If you only want a text-based IM system, there's probably a few out there that have more open SDKs than Skype (I'd put good money on there being at least one Open Source one for example) - so you could add dice rollers and stuff.
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I've been thinking about installing it, but I'd only use it as an IM or voice chat. I have no interest in video chat.

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