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Skype fails the “mom test”, meaning that it is too difficult for my mom to figure out.  Hell, it is too difficult for a relatively technically adept person like me to figure out. I have spent at least an hour on the forums trying to find […]

Skype fails the “mom test”, meaning that it is too difficult for my mom to figure out.  Hell, it is too difficult for a relatively technically adept person like me to figure out. I have spent at least an hour on the forums trying to find a solution to the voice issue (after about a minute, my voice stops transmitting. I can hear others, they can’t hear me). Let me tell you, there are some IRATE people on those forums. Apparently, the beta worked.  Now the latest version doesn’t. More here.

  1. Om,

    Most technology does not pass the mom test.

    I think Michael Levine stated it best:

    “We rarely simplify things, no matter how hard we try. Gadgets are fun, and they may perform tasks we find beneficial, but they don’t actually simplify our lives: they make our lives more complex.â€?

    Kindest regards,

    Ken Leebow

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  2. Skype has a great sound quality, but if you have a broadband connection above 512 Kbps, there’s no difference between SIP and SKYPE. SIP rules. I have bought one of that ATA SIP boxes recently and no one can tell I am using the web. Sound is superb, just like telephone. My box has QoS, so, the rate is stable and there’s no interruption in the voice. And the best? is that I can use a regular phone and I DON’T NEED THE computer, so it passes the mom test!

    Skype is a toy you can use on your computer when you are outside and even so, think about buying a WIFI mobile SIP phone and you will not even need skype.

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