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Predict:
My apologies if this is going backwards a bit but is Skype not much easier. It is very reliable and I was under the impression that IRC required a host computer. Both support text and voice equally.

Letxuma Swizaw:
clients are fairly smaller than skype clients, connections are far more reliable (i always get dropped from skype connections), and IMO irc groups are a lot easier to organize than skype groups, but i can see where you're coming from i was all for something other than irc until a few minutes ago.

Key'ìl Nekxetse:
Please note, my connection drops to around 18KB/s most of the time I can use it. IRC will work, but things that need a/v are likely to break.

Txonari:

--- Quote from: 'Eylan Ayikranä on September 30, 2010, 11:17:19 am ---My apologies if this is going backwards a bit but is Skype not much easier. It is very reliable and I was under the impression that IRC required a host computer. Both support text and voice equally.

--- End quote ---

Technically yes, IRC requires a host computer. It's just a server, and it requires very little bandwidth overall. (Unless hundreds of people start joining...) But my server takes good care of that. It has very little downtime, as it has a battery backup if my power fails. The only time it should go down is on occasional restarts due to kernel updates. And that generally takes about a minute or less. And, I have plenty of bandwidth to spare that I've been looking for something productive to do with anyway! :)

But as I said on another thread, skype isn't the best option for some people. People with older computers might not have support for skype, and people on phones, and people without mics. I personally have all required elements for skype... except that my parents would eavesdrop on every voice chat I have -- accidentally. (My house is small, so voices carry a lot.) That, and I can usually express myself better with text than with spoken words. I'm really quiet in real life, unless I'm really comfortable with who I'm talking to. And also, as Key'ìl Nekxetse mentioned, skype requires much more bandwidth to use than IRC. IRC is text, skype is text, video, and audio. If you have a slow connection, then you're not gonna be able to use skype very well.

I mean sure, we can still use skype. I just set up this server for anyone that wants to take advantage of it. I'm not going to try to force anyone to use it, or anything like that.

Esmond:
Also, Skype still doesn't support conference calls for more than 2. No point really.

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