Ain’t Technology Cool Sometimes?

Ya’der hey, and you bettcha it is.

I was supposed to have a conference call this afternoon with one of those Free Conference Call type services but it had a standard phone number, not a tool-free line, so I figured as long as Skype is still free on the Skype Out end that I’d set up the Macbook Pro to use a headset for the call. First I hooked up a Plantronics DSP 500 and that worked fine. Call never happened, rescheduled until tomorrow, but I did a bunch of tests in anticipation and all went well.

A cool thing about Skype is that is mutes iTunes when you make or receive a call. I like that little extra.

Another cool thing about Skype is that I can tell the Mac to send all normal sounds through the built in speakers or externally connected speakers and direct the Skype sound to the headset. Pretty cool but not that useful if you have to wear a full headset like the Plantronics. That feature is cool when I decided to try my motorola HS820 Bluetooth headset for kicks to see if it would pair with the MacBook and what do you know, it does. So, now I can get my Skype calls on the HS820 and have the other system sounds coming out of the regular speaker setup. Pretty cool.

I never got in to using the HS820 with my Razr. I don’t use that phone all that much where having the Klingon look is really necessary but this new use for the 820 seems to be just what the doctor ordered.

We’ll see how it goes tomorrow for the big call.

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