Daily Archive: March 29, 2005
On Saturday I started to pull up all of the strawberry plants that had rooted from runners last year. I ended up with several hundred plants in a big heap. I decided that it would be a good idea to give them away, but my wife thought no one would be interested. I took this as a bit of a challenge, I am one of those people who likes to think the best of others (which is an extension of having a positive outlook) my wife in contrast always expects things to go wrong and tends to distrust those she doesn’t know. Anyway I bagged the plants up – 15 plants to a bag – and to make the challenge more interesting decided to give the plants away but allow for donations.
My eldest daughter, Stephie, made a lovely sign and we put the 15 bags of plants in a big plastic container on the path outside the house. The sign read – Free Strawberries – and was nicely illustrated. Next to the container was a small wooden bowl which I put a little loose change in; to get things going. After three days all 15 bags have gone, we …
I have been pretty pleased with Skype so far. Here is a snapshot of how I use voice communications now:
At my home office:
- when I get home I put my mobile (Treo 600) in its cradle and this initiates an automatic auto-forward to my SkypeIn number, which also comes with free voicemail.
- at my desk I am using my Logitech noise cancelling USB Microphone and my desktops speakers, people tell me the quality is very good – so there is no need to mess around with headphones
- I have contacted about 30 people who I often call to try and get them using Skype, about 20 of them have installed it. For these people Skype to Skype calls have been very successful.
- I still have quite a lot of people that I contact who are not using Skype, mainly because they are highly mobile so for these people I have been experimenting with SkypeOut. The quality of SkypeOut does not seem as good as Skype to Skype, but it seems good enough in most cases. I have suffered a few dropouts when calling mobiles (UK –> Australia) but this may have happened anyway. The call charges were much less …