Spice to SkypeSaturday, February 10, 2007 at 3:52 | Posted in internet, linux, skype, Web tools, webcam | 2 Comments
VOIP NEWS issues 25 tips to add up some spice to Skype. One of them is a clever home security system:
Whether you want to keep an eye on your pet goldfish from work or just make sure no one has broken in the house while you are on vacation, Skype can double as an away from home monitoring system.
Checking in is simple with Skype’s one and two way video calling. You’ll need two separate Skype accounts, a computer at home with a webcam, and access to the Internet. Using one account, setup the home version of Skype to auto-answer calls and automatically fire up the webcam. Then to check in, just use the second Skype account to call the first, and the webcam video will pop up.
I am not so sure about this one. It definitely sounds cool when you first read it. It needs to be pointed out, though, that I would absolutely have to adjust the security settings of at least the account receiving the calls to approve calls only from persons who I have shared my details with. Or else I would actually allow anybody to peak in to my home who knows my e-mail address and bothers to search my details. And that would make this gadget a negative security system.
However, this is something that I do not need to trouble myself with. Why? Because the ancient version of Skype that the company provides for us Linux users does not support video calls. When are they going to issue a Linux version of Skype 3.0? That would add up much spice to Skype.