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Talk Is Cheap by James E Gaskin

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Using Skype

To make a call, highlight a contact name in your Contact list, click the green telephone button at the bottom of the Skype application, and you’ll hear the phone ring, just like a “regular” phone. The person on the other end of the line will pick up their receiver (or headset) and say, “hello” in whatever language they prefer. You’re talking via Skype. Or you’re Skypeing, another verbified noun in this new century.

This isn’t exactly like using a traditional telephone, but it’s pretty close to using a computer and any standard Instant Messaging or email application. You keep track of people’s addresses, select them when you want to IM or send them email, and initiate some activity. It just happens, with Skype, you’re initiating a phone call.

Calling Skype Users

There are many ways to call Skype users:

  • Select the name in the Contacts page and click the green telephone button in the bottom left of the page.

  • Double-click the name in the Contact page.

  • Right-click the name in the Contact page and choose Call from the context menu.

  • Look up calls you made in the past on the Call page and either click the green telephone button on the bottom of the page or right-click and choose Call from the menu.

  • Type the name into the text field just above the telephone buttons and click the green button.

  • Right-click on the name on your Start page that was left when he tried to call you and you didn’t answer.

The first “person” you should call is the Skype Echo Test lady. Her address is echo123 (type ...

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