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January 5, 2004
New rule: Don't call me if you don't know me
I like Skype
. It lets me make phone calls for free to the other 4M people who have signed up for the service. The calls go through my computer and they work real good.
But I've just gotten my second random phone call from some well-intentioned stranger who wants to know if I want to chat. Actually, I don't. If you call my Skype number randomly, the odds are just about perfect that you're going to be interrupting something that I'd rather be doing than speaking with a stranger. And here's how you know that: If I wanted to be speaking with a stranger now, I'd be on the Skype phone calling one. If you can get through to me on my Skype line it's because I don't want to be speaking with a stranger now
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