Linksys CIT200 Skype Phone

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, so I love my gadgets. 
But then again, which techhead doesn’t right?
Anyway, I was surfing around and came accross what I thought looked like a pretty cool new gadget… 

The Linksys CIT200 Skype Phone! Read about it here: http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Promotion_C2&childpagename=US/Layout&cid=1127783201481&pagename=Linksys/Common/VisitorWrapper

Why do I love thee?
Let me count the ways…

  • A snap to install.
  • Works just like a normal cordless phone.
  • Sound quality is very good.
  • It’s easy to use.
  • It saves lots of money!

The best part about this little wonder is the fact that it seamlessly integrates with Skype.  I used to spend a fortune on calls to South Africa.  You know what I mean.  There is no way anybody can call their mom and get off the phone in anything under 30 minutes.  Even with long distance “special” rates that the phone companies give me, a typical call (which in my case is always more than an hour) would cost me anywhere from $50 on up.

With my little Skype phone I just make sure my account is topped up with about $10 and off I go.  A 1 hour and 10 minute call the other day cost me the earth shattering amount of $5!!!  SWEET!!! 
The other thing that is really great about this phone is the fact that it works just like a normal cordless phone so technology “challenged” users don’t even need to know it’s using Skype and VoIP and all that techno junk! 
No, as far as they are concerned, it’s just a phone… a very CHEAP PHONE!



Cheers
C




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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