Phone calls will never be the same again

I skyped for the first time last night.

That is, my wife and I used www.skype.com to talk to our son and his wife in New York – with a webcam on both computers providing the video link as well.

Talking on the phone will never be the same again.

Of course, video conferencing has been around a long time, and I’ve been in a number of business meetings that included video of the face behind the voice on the other end of the line.

But this is different.

This is talking to loved ones in the comfort of your home (and their home), seeing them and laughing with them – all on a free long-distance connection.

It beats the telephone – whether cell or land line – all to heck.

I remember when our son (the same one) first went off to college, 2,000 miles away at the University of Southern California, we would ask him to go stand next to the Tommy Trojan statue, where there was a live webcam, so we could see his face.

That was 1996, when he was a freshman in college. That’s how far webcams go back.

He’s come a long way since then – about 3,000 miles across the country, married, with a little girl and another on the way.

Now I can chat and interact with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter – and I don’t have to ask them to stand next to a statue.

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