[EDIT: This is interesting, I've had Skype open for more than an hour and now there is no visible delay between hitting enter and text appearing. If I get a chance, I'll reboot and try again. I definitely had the delay on multiple occasions before.]
[EDIT 2: I rebooted - the delay is definitely back.]
I continue to attempt to use my Zonbu as my home desktop, and while it is far from perfect is this regard, it has promise…
My new USB KVM switch arrived today, making use considerably easier…
Now all I need to do is move the network cable back and forth, and if I felt like it I could put a little home router in and avoid even that.
All that being said, the XP box has gotten precious little attention lately.
Tonight I confirmed something a little strange that I noticed the other day when I was using Skype…
Being a Vonage VoIP customer, I generally only use Skype for IM, but since so many people have Skype now it is an important text IM platform.
What I noticed, and have since confirmed as being consistent, is that when I write a message and send it there is a perceptible delay before it appears on screen.
In fact, the delay appears to be as much as 1.5s – 2s between hitting enter and seeing the text in the conversation box.
This is not something I’ve experienced with Skype on other platforms/OSes. I’ll have to check the Ubuntu laptop at work tomorrow, but I don’t recall it doing this and Windows definitely doesn’t do this.
I’m not sure what to make of it, but I am happy to report that Skype 1.4 otherwise seems to function really well on the Zonbu.
It is interesting to note that some readers may be interested in the Zonbu principally as a low cost/low power Skype station.
For anyone who relies on Skype as their principal home/long distance voice platform, I can see how this makes a lot of sense.
I have no idea if the fancy USB handsets and other goodies will work with the Zonbu, but perhaps a reader can share their experiences when the time comes.
I’ll continue to update you on Skype as I delve deeper in to the features.