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    I was wondering if anyone has this. video chating. its freeware so all you need is a webcam and mic. and a lot of webcams have the mic installed. seems to be popular.
    Im thinking of getting it but wanted to see if anyone here has it and how it works for you

    or if you have something else let me know.
     
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    my daughter uses it all the time; she seems to enjoy it and i never hear her say anything about it being unreliable.
     
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    thanks. guess ill go webcam shopping. guess there's no secret to connecting them
     
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    Most operating systems are plug and play. Windows will see you have a new device you need to make sure you install the manufactures software first.
     
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    I used to use skype a few years back. I wasn't happy with the way it worked. Granted, this was probably 4 or 5 years ago and it may work differently now than it did back then, but let me tell you how it used to work.

    Essentially, if you were part of skype and downloaded their software, you became part of their network and part of their hosting service. What this means is that the skype software used part of your system resources whenever they needed it if you were connected to the internet (don't forget, cable internet is always connected). Skype would use my computer's CPU and RAM even when I wasn't using the service. Personally, I don't like the idea of a program just being able to access my computers resources anytime it wants to, so I removed the software.

    Again, this was a few years ago, I don't know if the software still does the same thing.
     
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    thanks for the info. Ive already downloaded the software. "where's the camera moron??" im going shopping tomorrow
     
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    From Skype's website,
    https://support.skype.com/en-us/faq/FA10983/What-are-P2P-communications

    snips,
    Sounds like they are still doing what I described. Using your system resources whenever they need it.
     
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    thank you one and all. I guess just any webcam will work. I hope to be online tomorrow. now i gotta sell it to my friends
     
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    Webcam is optional, Skype is a VoIP (Voice Over IP).
     
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    Google call is superior. The privacy issues are irrelevant. Load and lock, as usual.
     

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