For as long as we’ve had my computer, we’ve had the technical ability to Skype with a webcam, but until I brought home David’s new-beaut model from Hong Kong, we never bothered setting it up. Suddenly, the ability to talk to David in the shed (or for him to talk to me in the house) is very important, and so we Skype each other several times a day.

Aisha, 4yo, November 2009
Aisha was delighted to talk with David via the webcam today — even though he was just down in the shed.

In the past, Aisha has been reticent to talk on the phone — even objecting to talking to me in Hong Kong or David when he was last in New Zealand. But with the webcam, she’s starting to get the hang of things.

So is it just the same as work colleagues using an internal phone system or is it laziness to Skype across your own back yard? 40 metres? Out the door, down the steps, across the lawn and into the shed? Skype wins, hands-down!