June 9, 2005
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I had a picture book made for Aurora for her birthday. It was made by Memento Press and while they were a little protective of their binding method they said it was a modified FastBind technique. I collected 20 images and one extra for the cover and included a word document with captions on a CD. 2 day turnaround. Looks great.
Here are some online pages about do it yourself bookbinding:
June 6, 2005
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OK, I’ve been using Skype for a while now and I see only one downside (mentioned later) to using it as a telephone replacement. I’m eager for all my friends to get on board so I can talk for free.
If you have a computer and an Internet connection, you can upload Skype onto your computer and we can talk for free. You may need to hook up speakers or a microphone, if you haven’t already, but that’s pretty easy to do.
I went to Radio Shack and bought a really inexpensive headset with a microphone for less than $3. I see that there is an online version for about $15, but look for the $3 version.
I have set up the SkypeOut service which allows me to call out from my computer to people who don’t yet have Skype so I can talk to them on their regular phones. It costs me 2.3 cents a minute to use this service to anywhere in the continental US (land lines and mobile phones) and I have to pay in advance (in chunks of 10 Euros, or 25 Euros). I think that’s still a better deal than most folks get on their home phone service. Overseas calls cost more. For example, calls to our friend, Zsuzsa, in Hungary, cost about 4.6 cents a minute. Still a good deal. Click here to look at the rates.
Downside: Outgoing (SkypeOut) long distance international calls to cell phones cost substantially more. A call to Pace’s cell phone in Italy cost 33.5 cents a minute. Not such a good deal.
I have also set up a SkypeIn account. My number is: 415.578.3309
Notice I now have a 415 area code . The SkypeIn account allows my friends to call me at my computer. And as I AM very often at my computer, you’ll be likely to catch me there. It includes an answering service as well so you can leave me a message that I can hear on my computer. The SkypeIn service costs me 30 Euros per year or 10 Euros for 3 months (including the voice mail service). It will cost my friends the same amount they would pay to call my house phone.
I may eventually disconnect my home service and settle on a mobile phone and Skype. If most of my friends get Skype, then most of my calls will be free.
I recommend that you check it out: www.skype.com
- Talk to me at my computer for free; Skype to Skype: chrisjefferies
- Talk to me at my computer via telephone: 415.578.3309