Communicating Over the Internet

by admin on Aug 18th in Computers, Internet, Software

There was first the internet, then there was email, instant messaging and even internet based
phone calls.  All of these have been centered around leveraging the availability and usability of
the internet as a mass communications outlet for a world of people, some more remotely based than
others.
Suddenly, all that might be required to send a note to a friend in Tunisia if you’re based out of
London would be a phone line and computer.   Of course, as internet bandwidth has improved, so has
the appeal and acceptance of internet based communications such as voice and even video.
Originally, voice communications via a dial-up connection on the internet were choppy, at best.
You might be talking to someone in another country, or even down the street, but would only be
able to talk one at a time, similar to voice communication via two-way radios.  This was mostly
due to slower internet connections and inability of some voice communications software to relay
voice data quickly enough from one party to another.
As internet speeds improved, so did voice communications.  The faster the internet connection, the
clearer and crisper the voice data could be transfered from one person to another.  And as
internet connectivity improved, so did the applications offering internet communications
capabilities.  Video conferencing or calling was soon the result of improved internet connectivity
and PC processing speeds.  With broader bandwidths for internet data transfer and greater memory
and processor speeds for processing this data on computers, soon internet users could more
reliably communicate via video calls similarly to voice-only or phone calls from anywhere in the
world.
Most laptops are now sold with built-in cameras for this purpose.  No longer are PC users forced
to purchase a webcam or video capture device separately from their laptop or even monitor, as
webcams are in many cases now built into the frame of monitors.

There was first the internet, then there was email, instant messaging and even internet based
phone calls.  All of these have been centered around leveraging the availability and usability of
the internet as a mass communications outlet for a world of people, some more remotely based than
others.
Suddenly, all that might be required to send a note to a friend in Tunisia if you’re based out of
London would be a phone line and computer.   Of course, as internet bandwidth has improved, so has
the appeal and acceptance of internet based communications such as voice and even video.
Originally, voice communications via a dial-up connection on the internet were choppy, at best.
You might be talking to someone in another country, or even down the street, but would only be
able to talk one at a time, similar to voice communication via two-way radios.  This was mostly
due to slower internet connections and inability of some voice communications software to relay
voice data quickly enough from one party to another.
As internet speeds improved, so did voice communications.  The faster the internet connection, the
clearer and crisper the voice data could be transfered from one person to another.  And as
internet connectivity improved, so did the applications offering internet communications
capabilities.  Video conferencing or calling was soon the result of improved internet connectivity
and PC processing speeds.  With broader bandwidths for internet data transfer and greater memory
and processor speeds for processing this data on computers, soon internet users could more
reliably communicate via video calls similarly to voice-only or phone calls from anywhere in the
world.
Most laptops are now sold with built-in cameras for this purpose.  No longer are PC users forced
to purchase a webcam or video capture device separately from their laptop or even monitor, as
webcams are in many cases now built into the frame of monitors.

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