Re: So much for Skype.
I'm going to snip an awful lot [around 18KB of text email] now, but your
email was a great read! The size was impressive even with the biggish
chunks of referred text, there was plenty of new dialogue.
So your father bought a new laptop to use XP again. If he really
wanted to use XP again, it would've been sufficient for him to
simply buy a new install disc and license, but in any case, he was
obviously sufficiently financially well off to afford it.
Some laptops are cheaper than buying a FPP these days, amazing.
Okay, so I snipped almost the lot ;-)
The other thing is that you can run a SIP service via a ATA or even a
VoIP capable modem/router. No need to have a computer on. There are
models that do Skype as well, without needing the computer on.
Skype has SIP service as well, but I've always been wary of Skype for
all sorts of reasons -- mostly due to the proprietary code used, then I
always considered Skype-Out / Skype-In to be great hooks and I wasn't
going to get hooked. Then there is the whole security risk of using
Skype, it pokes it's own holes through firewalls and takes advantage of
super user rights whenever it can, silently! And another reason to
steer clear is the potential for huge data usage via "accidentally"
becoming a "super server" node.
Right now, I am finding that SIP has been good for quite a while, there
are PSTN options that can compete these days too. Using both PSTN and
SIP is the way to go.
Broadband Solutions now including VoIP