Posts Tagged ‘skype’

On video-conferencing

Bernard Leong writes about some Cisco video conferencing hardware:

the Cisco TelePresence 1000 (made for the home user – we are told the price is US$79K) and the Cisco TelePresence 3000 (made for companies – and the price is US$299K)

How many home users are willing to shell out US$79K for a video-conferencing kit? Why not just use Skype?

I was watching some TV earlier, and Oprah uses Skype. She brought on Jennifer Aniston’s two dogs, and Owen Wilson from Maui. Full screen (some large-ish TV). Clear. Powered by Skype.

Apparently, Oprah has been doing this for a while. I think Cisco isn’t going too far with their TelePresence stuff for the home. Can’t imagine many a business (SME-sized) wanting such an expensive system, either.

What about open source video? Video over SIP? Don’t really see anything being as mainstream as Skype (which does audio and video, just fine, despite being proprietary).

Skype’s roaming WiFi, and the Singapore Airport

I was in in the Singapore Changi Airport yesterday, and thought I should pull some mail while in the terminal, so as to be more productive on the plane ride home. Opening my laptop, I saw the following:

Skype Access - Wireless@SG

Pretty nifty right? This is what you get with the new Skype beta for Mac OS X 2.8 – access to roam on many wireless networks, via Boingo, in a new service called Skype Access. It comes out of your Skype credit, so you don’t need no stinkin’ credit card.

Over on Flickr I was asked if the €0.14 made sense per minute. I’m here to give you a resounding no.

Wireless@SG is free to access. Just roam with Singtel, and dial *186. I wrote about this previously. Access until midnight, and when you need it again, don’t hesitate to ask.

Skype says: mounting failed

Never having had a problem downloading Skype before, I’m faced with an unusual problem, and have no solution. With getting my MacBook Air, I’ve been trying for weeks to download Skype (usually via mobile broadband, or via Wifi hotspots) and I’ve been failing. I get the usual “mounting failed” error. Annoying.

I filed a bug with Skype, and I have no idea if they’ll look into fixing it. My other option is to search thru my backups from my other Macs and look for a .dmg. All in all, pain

mounting failed: skype
Mounting failed

OS X can’t recognise it at all. For reference, the md5sum is: MD5 (Skype_2.7.0.330.dmg) = dfe1cb2286eccc906d642fca1325fef2.