These days it is so easy to communicate with people on the other side of the world using software like Skype. Where Skype really gets fun is when you use it with a Webcam so the call has video of each of the callers. I have frequently done this when traveling overseas since I can easily call a computer back home with a Webcam.
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema delivers 720p video and a decent microphone for under $50. It can be the perfect companion for both desktop and laptop as it easily clamps on top of either. I have an older Microsoft LifeCam I use with my laptop and I’m seriously considering this one for my desktop. If anyone has this model, post a comment and let me know what you think.