I am amazed by modern technology.
This morning I have communicated with five different friends who live literally on the other side of the world. I have been able to actually talk and hear their voices with two of them. And I was able to see actually see one of them through a webcam. Another I was able to communicate over a form of instant messenger. Two more I communicated with via email, including one sending me pictures taken that day of some of the Olympic venues in Beijing (see picture above). I have done all this before 10am and totally free. Isn’t that incredible?
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been able to establish some amazing friendships with people who live on the other side of the world. These people over a two week span have invested a lot into me and I have invested a lot into them. In the past, it would be very difficult to do that because of the inability to communicate when separated. To guard your heart, it would be easier to simply not intimately connect with others so that saying bye would not be so difficult. However, with modern technology keeping in contact with people is incredibly easy. I am so excited that those relationships can continue to grow and improve.
I have been connecting with people using SKYPE. Skype is not a new program, but you can talk with anybody with a Internet connection throughout the world for free. You can hear each others voices like a telephone call and you can also see them while you talk using webcams. You can also use Skype’s instant messenger program to simply talk through messages. The best part about Skype is that is 100% totally free. Thanks Josh Nipps for introducing me to Skype a couple years ago.
On another note, while I was in China I kept seeing these amazing, tiny portable hard drives. These hard drives are about the size of a video iPod and has up to 160G of space. On our shopping day before we came back to America, I found a 160G portable hard drive for only $70. I was pumped. Just thought I would share my discovery.
This is how I need your help:
1. If you have Skype, can you please get me your Skype ID so we can talk?
2. Have you recently stumbled on any new technology that you want to share about? I would love to hear about your recent discoveries.