Some things to know about VoIP

voip-4342-001VoIP or voice over internet protocol is a technology that allows us to communicate just like we would regularly talk on the phone, but all of that is now simplified to only using a computer, an internet connection and a simple chat microphone. A lot of people who don’t even know they have used VoIP, they actually did use it a lot of times. A couple of great examples which are commonly known pieces of software would be Yahoo Messenger and Skype. For instance, in Yahoo messenger you can simply call anyone, leave offline voice messages and barely anything you can do with a regular land-line or mobile phone. With Skype, the essence is the same, but it’s a much more sophisticated and professional software, allowing users to do a lot of things.

The naming of VoIP (voice over internet protocol) simply comes from how these internet phone calls are actually made. The microphone you will use to communicate records analog signals (the sound of your voice), your sound card transforms these signals to digital signals which are understood by the computer and then these signals can easily be saved to files and they can easily be send through an internet protocol (thus the origins of the VoIP).

So, why would people choose to be users of any VoIP software and subscription when they could be using regular phones? The number one reason is comfort and saving money. For instance, if you have some friends you know you would share everything with, using software like Skype is free, whereas using the phone would be extremely expensive. Of course, they also need to download Skype and install it. Another great thing about Skype is that it allows (not for free) calls to normal phones. So the Skype system basically divides into two main parts:
• Skype to Skype calls, which are all free, regardless of how long they are. Skype also gives you the possibility to turn on the webcam, so that you can see each other (or one party can see the other while talking)
• Skype to phone calls, which differ from country to country and from landline to mobile phone numbers.

Am I trying to promote Skype? Not really. Actually, Skype is one of the best free VoIP applications, thus I am exemplifying the technologies used by VoIP and the basic powers and benefits of VoIP with Skype.

To be frank, voice over internet protocol will work best with high speed wireless internet connections. Of course, there is always the fear of being recorded (your conversations being recorded), especially if you use these services in cafes or other similar places. However, this is not a major concern in private areas, and the benefits will really be felt within a building (a company or an institution). In such places, it’s a whole lot simpler to manage your discussions with VoIP. Not to mention how much it would help the company’s or institution’s budget, since it is free or very cheap.

These are some basics of VoIP and you can try it out yourself and see how it will improve your everyday life!

Online chat in modern society

online-chat-today34Online chat has now become one of the most popular hobbies and practices in the virtual world. Basically online chat is any software program that works on the client-server model and provides some interface which provides the ability that 2 or more users send text messages to each other. Even if these are the basics of online chat, software and technology advancements have brought a lot of improvements and changes that weren’t present in the early years of chatting online.

Critics often attack the world of online chatting due to a number of reasons. If people don’t like to chat, these are some of the reasons why:
• You have to stay on your mobile device or computer while you should be out to have social interaction.
• Criminals and pedophiles often chose their victims from teenagers who are using online chat portals.
• It’s easy to hide your identity and to trick people while chatting online because you can choose your own nickname, writing style, name, age and appearance – literally everything. Thus, you can easily pretend to be someone who you’re not.
• Abbreviations in all languages are used within online chat sessions and these abbreviations cause damage to every language on the planet because the power of expressivity in that language is reduced and severely damaged through abbreviations.
• Children can stay online if permitted, their minds being totally shaded and emptied by the fascinating world of online chat. Since it would be something new and exciting for any kid, it really causes addiction and causes children not to learn and become agitated unless their parents let them chat.
These critics are right on a lot of sides. The truth is that online chat can only be good to the point where it is not abused. If we have mentioned some of the negative aspects of online chat, let’s now list how you could use online chat to your own benefit:
• You’ve changed your city or even country and you have no friends. Online chat is a great opportunity to meet new friends, but you must be careful to sign up to social networks or chat portals which don’t really allow bad things to happen (such as uncontrolled chat portals do).
• You are working at a company where different offices must work together all the time. Staying on the phone for the entire day is not as practical as chatting with your workmates online to share your experiences and settle your upcoming work tasks in order to achieve the desired progress.
• You are a student and you want to find out what the homework was.
• You want to be able to easily share photos and other files with your family and friends. As mentioned earlier, online chat is enhanced with a lot of things, such as the ability to send and receive files.
• You’re not home for most of the day, but you want to keep some communication with your family, even if your workplace is full of stress and wouldn’t normally allow you to take any time for yourself.

Be it good or bad, online chat does affect the modern society. We can somehow affirm that we’ve all ended up being dependent of online chat communication, which is not necessarily good but it’s not necessarily bad either. It’s all a matter of what you use it for!