sorry about the lack of response for a while..... been arranging Jungle trips
I have to be honest here and say that I´m sure (although I´m not positive) Skype came on my memory stick already (they tend to have a limited amount of software on them preinstalled)
I´m not sure how to add the software to automatically run as I reckon it would depend on the memory stick in question and if you can install programs onto it.
I think you can, but don´t quote me on that !
OK...OK.... you got me interested in what the heck I´m actually talking about and here goes :
Damn I´m good to you guys
Have fun and hope this helps everyone
PS I should get free phone calls for this I´m telling you !
It is also being released via the '3' mobile provider. Handsets can be bought from £50 pay as you go, all you have to do is top it up once a month and you can talk for free anywhere in the world at a touch of a button from skype 3 handset to skype 3 handset!
Welll worth looking into on the 3 mobile website!
Skype and webcams are the greatest things for long term travel and expat living. It makes it sooo much easier to be away and still keep in touch with home and family and even my 80 year old mum has become an expert ( it is that easy as she never used a computer in her life until we left.). She was resistant to it in the beginning, but now loves it and sees the advantage.
Just google skype and you can get all the info and it takes minutes to download it. VERY easy.
My daughter even takes piano lessons over skype ( we are in Europe and her teacher is in Chicago).
We particularly like the webcam aspects as there is just something wonderful about being able to see family and do some show and tell. It is really important for us as we travel with a child, so grandparents can see missing baby teeth on the day they are lost or new flamenco steps or piano tunes when they are learned etc and we can feel more reassured with older parents by seeing them. It is easy to forget that we are so far away. Even my young child can yabber away to friends and cousins as much as she wants because it is free.
We could do an advertisement for skype, we are so thrilled and it makes it all soooo much easier than when I was an expat 30 some years ago.
Even though I'm home I still use it to say hello to all the people I met while traveling.
Wow, now THAT is a useful tip! Great idea and never even so much as crossed my mind.
The best way to do it is not to put it on a normal USB stick which sometimes works but isn't liked by some machines, but to get a U3 USB stick - These have pre-installed software (and you can add your own applications) which you can use on any computer without any installing and which leave no trace when removed.
As well as basics like Skype and MSN, my one has Eudora (complete with my address book), Firefox (complete with all my bookmarks etc), language software (so i can easily use foreign charecters when on keyboards without them/which you can't change keybopard layout on) and a number of other things i use fairly frequently. Invaluable!
You can, of course, keep them password protected as well, in case you leave it somewhere...