Distributed Computing like Skype is a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology that allows people to access each others computer and tap the other computers storage and computing capacity while using the internet
Normally the more popular a file is the more difficult it is to access however with the (P2P) networks it is just the opposite and is more accessible allowing for sharing of files of films, music, games, software, photos and texts
Peer to peer networks nicely solve the problem of mass distribution without excessive cost
Skype is available in 23 languages throughout the world, used by over 136 million people and is one of the fastest growing communications via the internet
INVENTORS OF SKYPE Niklas Zennström born in Sweden in 1966 has dual degrees in Engineering Physics and Business Administration. He was hired to work in Tele2. One of his early tasks was to go to Denmark to build an Internet Service Provider (ISP) business in 1997. Janus Friis was born in 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Though no formal education, at age 19, he began working at the help desk at the Danish ISP called Cybercity. In 1997, he applied for a job at Tele2. when Niklas Zennström was forming the Danish start-up team and was hired.
Skype is “Free” and can be downloaded off of the internet
Computers such as the Mac and some HPs as well as various others which contain a camera can send visual pictures via the internet of each party while talking to each other
Those who have computers without cameras can also access Skype and purchase web cameras which range between $57.00 – $140.00 depending upon desired picture and voice quality during conversation
The cost to Skype is 1/10 of a cent to add new users compared to other similar programs which may cost $400.00 per new user
The Skype program is free however there may be a small user fee when accessing Skype for calls to and from mobile or landline phones, call forwarding, voicemail, personalized avatars and ring tones as well as an increasing network of software and hardware providers
Skype 4.0 for Business has the same features as the standard version and also offers:
Window installer called MSI
Easy deployment to other computers
Allows IT administrators more control
APPLICATION Skype is easily accessible and would be a very applicable learning device to use as a communication and teaching tool. Skype could be used effectively at very low cost for distance education. Small or large groups could participate from a variety of locations and the ability to see and speak to each other would only add to the richness of the discussion.