I have blogged and ranted about Skype!. I have also told anyone who would listen that I had broken the code as to how to use an Ety-Com plus this $3.99 plug from Radio Shack to plug into my ThinkPad and have great fidelity.
A bunch of smart people have listen to me, nodded appropriately and perhaps concluded that I actually knew what I was talking about.
At DemoMobile I told my good friend Shel Israel how I had figure it all out and he then wrote about it in his conferenza newsletter.
Unfortunately he erred slightly in his retelling my tech triumphs. So I quickly pointed out his error. He then corrected it, and Chris Herrot promptly pointed out that I only had things half right, which is 50% better than my normal batting average.
Chris noted that:
Actually, Buzz is only half right. The Radio Shack adapter he mentions allows the earphone part of the headset to work with Skype. You must still talk into the microphone built into your PC. If you want to use the microphone in the headset you need something like the GE HO97950 Audio Hub that plugs into both the green and red jacks on your PC.
Some day I will publish the circuit on my blog – it’s really very simple. (Remember the Farallon adaptor that allowed Appletalk to work over ordinary phone wiring? They made a lot of money on that sucker and never could understand why Apple didn’t build it that way from the beginning.
p.s. What I have now is working great, but Chris knows his stuff, and I just ordered the GE part as Skype is way to cool to not do it right. The GE part is about $8 at a couple of sites, so my investment in making it work right will double, but think about the fun.