People have been asking about Skype and I’ve succumbed to pressure and acquired this gadget. My Skype ID is Uncle_Pasha_2011. Chat only please. No, I don’t like calls and, beside, transmission quality makes attempts to have voice conversation a vain exercise. Chat, if you insist, is OK but chances are I’ll ask you to use e-mail. Realistically the only good I see is that Skype tells you my on-line status – or it would if the plugin wasn’t so unreliable and resource-hungry. If it shows “online” I probably am by or not too far from my computer, and am likely to respond instantly. Individuals with a propensity to incessant chat are asked to refrain from using Skype. Anybody who starts with “Hi how are you” risks getting snapped at.

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