Quote of the Day - What we call 'Progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
I'm no evangelist, but you can trade a little computer power for free telephone calls - unless you want to connect to a land line. In other words, if someone else is on Skype, the call is free. All you have to do is agree to let other Skype users use a bit of your computer power to connect calls.
What does this new system do to the telephone industry?
Well, it's likely going to damage the telephone system further. The breakup of the Bell System has led to a myriad of telephone companies, different calling plans and even different telephones.
What are the legal consequences? It depends on who you are. If you're a regular user, all you have to do is sign up for Skype and use it. If you're Skype from the Netherlands, you've developed a system that could be the downfall of the big telephone companies, but you're using the lines they laid. Someone has to pay for all of that infrastructure and maintenance.
Free is nice, but it doesn't repair downed telephone lines. If you're the 800-pound gorilla, you've got to figure out a way to get paid.
That's not going to be easy.
Of course, this change won't happen overnight. People like to use their telephone, and may not be so willing to switch to technology.
But for those of us who do, you can save your pennies.
Call me. I'm waiting by my computer.