seems I entered some stuff in my kontact journal and forgot to ever post it here. I think I’ll break this up into more than one post… err… if I can remember what else I was going to post about.
over the long weekend, I was messing with voip. I can’t remember what happened when any more, but initially I was expecting to be disappointed. lots of cheap sound cards have this nasty ‘feature’ of recording whatever they’re currently playing – so if you’re trying to have a conversation with someone, their voice gets picked up and echoed back to them. even if you’re wearing headphones. this makes voip unbearable. you really don’t understand how much it breaks your mind until you’ve experienced it.
so, I was happily amazed when I found out my laptop does not have this problem. the sound… just… works. and the mic volume is great, even the builtin mic is usable. I installed skype, and once I got past the segfaults from it hating scim, and restarted it once because it only showed two of my contacts at first, the actually calling part worked fine. :)
so then I figured I’d push my luck by trying to get something non-skype working. I already had a SIP account with wengo from my failed attempts to make SIP work on the home comp, so I installed a handful of SIP proggies and got to testing. it didn’t take too many tries to get the right settings for logging in, and so long as I made sure to suspend artsd the sound worked, but I couldn’t make calls. when I tried the official client, sound wasn’t working at all. eventually I did get sound to work, but there was a lot of crashing, and it was way too late at night for me to be thinking straight. the end result was that the wengo client works fine when it’s not in the mood for constant crashes, while twinkle and kphone are nice and stable but can only call the echo service.
the people at wengo seem to have given up after I gave them logs of all three clients attempting calls. *sigh* guess it’ll be a long time before I can just click a button in kontact to call someone. but hey, at least my lovely little laptop is more than capable.
oh, and zander: I wanted to comment on your post about searching for a laptop, but kdedevelopers.org insists my password is wrong and won’t email me a new one or let me re-register.