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May 15, 2006

Skypecast attempt

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Tried my first skypecast on Friday evening. Interesting service that lets you set up teleconferences through a skype connection.

I connected to a US skypecast and the quality was pretty good – better than the old teleconferences I used to get on at Marconi anyway.

The associated Chat and control functions worked very well.

Unfortunately my Router kept dropping out so eventually I bailed out rather than annoy everyone with constant reconnections.

I am unsure if the drop–outs related to:

1. A crap router
2. My ISP going – oh, that's skype traffic – kill kill kill
3. The thunderstorm going overhead at the time

I will try again for the next call on friday and see if it is any better.

In the meantime I thought it was a pretty cool service. In my head I have an idea that we could trial:

1. Student Recruitment casts – open call to ask questions about UG/PG recruitment
2. Experts and Press Releases – schedule calls for journalists/other interested parties for relevant stories
3. Research–TV – get the academic online after a video is released to answer questions

Anyway, not sure if skype user numbers warrant further attention, would need to check demographic etc, but interesting none the less.

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