Perhaps I’m the last person on the planet to figure this out, but I discovered Skype today. For $2.99 a month, I can get a local Los Angeles telephone number and I can use my PC to call anywhere in the United States…from anywhere in the world where I can get an Internet connection. Since my PC has a built-in web cam, I can even do video calls. If I am away from my computer my callers can just leave a voice mail and I will get the message when I get in. The caller need not know that I am in Timbuktu.
This means the world is truly becoming a small place. It also means that while I might have figured out how to run, I still can’t hide! Between Skype, email, and my friend Jill managing my mail and scanning anything important and emailing it to me, I’m going to be just as in touch as I am now.
Um, is that a good thing?