Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Favourite Apps - #9 - Skype

In my electronics world one of the companies I've worked for produced video conferencing equipment. That was about 20 years ago, and in those days to do a video conference between two people involved tens of thousands of pound worth of equipment, incredibly expensive multiple telephone lines and trained operators at both ends to try and get it all to work.

How different it is now where with a cheap smart phone and a free wifi connection a child can in seconds set up and be chatting on video to somebody on the other side of the world. We can take it all for granted, but when you stop for a moment to think about all the technology required to make that work it really is quite remarkable.

I use Skype in many different ways. To keep in touch with our son Zak when he's at university, to chat to Catrina and the family when I'm away, to catch up with other pastors in places like Zambia, Serbia and Albania, to talk to our teams when they're away in other nations and to catch up with friends.

I'm sure many of you already make use of it, but if not it's incredibly simple to set up if you've got a smart phone, a tablet to a PC or laptop with a webcam. If you're not sure how just find a teenager to help you :)

I read a quote recently that "the most special things in life are never things". The most special things in life are nearly always people, created as a we are for community, and Skype is just a brilliant way of connecting us with those special people, even when we may be thousands of miles apart.

Simon.

 

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