Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Communication has been the most important thing in my life. Leaving America when I was 7 and saying goodbye to my relatives was the hardest thing I had to do as a child. What made it even more painful was that if all went well it took 3 weeks for a letter to reach us. That meant a 6 week turn around time for any correspondence to take place with my grandma or grandfather, or 'Pop-Pop', as we called him. That was over 30 years ago.

Later, I went to the Air Force and I remember having a particularly hard time, and wanting to call my mom. I remember standing in the phone booth and pumping in German marks. It cost 6 dollars a minute and on a Airmans' salary we really couldn't talk. Nevertheless, I was so thrilled to hear her voice that it helped me make it through that dark period in my life.

The next communication breakthrough I recall, was when my wife and I were living in the Carribbean. The internet was being brought to the islands and it was 1997. At the time we were spending $3.50 a minute to talk to our family and business associates back in the states and it was straining our budget in a major way. When the internet finally arrived on our island only 3 or 4 folks on the island even had a computer. We had one for our business but it was not connected to the net. The technology was new to the world and there was no one to help us connect.
What we ended up doing was going on a 42 hour marathon figuring it out ourselves. I'll never forget the thrill as the Yahoo screen came up. We created an email address - which we still have - and sent a message to a friend in another nearby island. Now, 10 years later we have discovered video email. It's a combination of email and video that allows the receiver to see and hear you in crisp crystal clear resolution.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Jim discovers Video Email

Jim was doing some work on my house a few weeks ago. I noticed he was takin a break on on my patio. I went out to visit and he asked me if I was retired. I guess because everytime he's over here I'm generally in a swim suit so I can take a quick break out here in the Arizona desert.

Anyway, I told him I was in the video email business. I spent about a minute trying to explain what video email was, a blending of video, audio and email technology but then I had a better idea. I asked if he'd like to come into my home office and SEE what I was doing. So, I sent a video email to the two of us and he was absolutely amazed. Next, I said do you have a email address. He did and so we sent one to his wife. He called her on the spot and told her to open it. She couldn't believe it.

But this is a common experience around the Jacob house, but what happened next wasn't. We went back outside with Jim still shaking his head in disbelief. Then he asked the big question. "Could I send one of those
to my son stationed in Japan, or my niece in Guam and what about my nephew in Iraq"?

"Absolutely," I answered as long as they can get to a computer that is connected to the internet. In fact I can set you up so you can "talk and see" them all at the same time for just a few bucks a month. I think I saw a tiny tear in the corner of his eye, but I could be mistaken. One thing I know is I changed another person's life with video email. Because you see his son just became a father and now he's going to be able to see his grand daughter everyday.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I Love to Laugh- Loud and Long and Clear

Vmailing and Humor

America's Funniest Home Videos is the longest running TV show for good reason. People love to laugh. When we laugh we release endorphins, which are the bodies natural "feel good" chemical. Almost everyone has been involved in a good practical joke. So next time you find your buddy in the backyard snoozing: do this.

Go get your left over firecrackers from the New Years' Eve party tie them to a string and then tie them to the snoozing victims ankle and light the fuse and run. Enjoy the show.

Now to write it just isn't that funny but to SEE it and HEAR it is a whole different story. Click here to watch and laugh.

In the same vein in telling some jokes - tone, body language, and props make all the difference. Click here to check out Richard Kall telling this joke using vmailing technology available through VMdirect.

My Journey from P.O. Box to Video Email

Communication has been the most important thing in my life. Leaving America when I was 7 and saying goodbye to my
relatives was the hardest thing I had to do as a child. What made it even more painful was that if all went well it took
3 weeks for a letter to reach us. That meant a 6 week turn around time for any correspondence to take place with my
grandma or grandfather, or 'Pop-Pop', as we called him. That was over 30 years ago.

Later, I went to the Air Force and I remember having a particularly hard time, and wanting to call my mom. I remember standing
in the phone booth and pumping in German marks. It cost 6 dollars a minute and on a Airmans' salary we really couldn't talk.
Nevertheless, I was so thrilled to hear her voice that it helped me make it through that dark period.

The next communication breakthrough I recall, was when my wife and I were living in the Carribbean. The internet was being
brought to the islands and it was 1997. At the time we were spending $3.50 a minute to talk to our family and
business associates back in the states and it was straining our budget in a major way. When the internet finally arrived
on our island only 3 or 4 folks on the island even had a computer. We had one for our business but it was not
connected to the net. The technology was new to the world and there was no one to help us connect.

What we ended up doing was going on a 42 hour marathon figuring it out ourselves. I'll never forget the thrill as the Yahoo
screen came up. We created an email address - which we still have - and sent a message to a friend in another nearby island.
Now, 10 years later we have discovered video email. It's a combination of email and video that allows the receiver
to see and hear you in crisp crystal clear resolution. In my next article I will share how one young man's life was changed
by using video email in the aftermath of Katrina.

For more information about Jake Jacob see : http://www.videoemailhomebusiness.com/who_is_jake_jacob

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Video Email and Hurricane Katrina

Michael Arceneauxs' life was turned upside down when Katrina hit. Overnight, his entire family was displaced all over the nation.
For a family that spent holidays together, worked and played as one, this was tragedy beyond words. It's been a year
now, but to him it seems like it was yesterday.

Through the technology of video mail, or as I like to call it vmail, Michael is now in daily communication with his friends
and family spread all over the nation. One of the unique features that is available is the ablility to use a service called
video Instant Messenger which in allows the user the ablility to see and speak to friends and family in real time.

Michael has also turned a curse into a blessing. He is now an independent affiliate with VMdirect who has begun a whole new life. He has moved to Houston and is buying a home and has begun a home business with VMdirect promoting
the Helloworld suite of products. Click hear to hear his story in his own words.

His video is 4 minutes long. My next topic will be FUN. After such a somber subject I think we all need a good laugh!

Video Email and Hurricane Katrina

Michael Arceneauxs' life was turned upside down when Katrina hit. Overnight, his entire family was displaced all over the nation.
For a family that spent holidays together, worked and played as one, this was tragedy beyond words. It's been a year
now, but to him it seems like it was yesterday.

Through the technology of video mail, or as I like to call it vmail, Michael is now in daily communication with his friends
and family spread all over the nation. One of the unique features that is available is the ablility to use a service called
video Instant Messenger which in allows the user the ablility to see and speak to friends and family in real time.

Michael has also turned a curse into a blessing. He is now an independent affiliate with VMdirect who has begun a whole new life. He has moved to Houston and is buying a home and has begun a home business with VMdirect promoting
the Helloworld suite of products. Click hear to hear his story in his own words.

His video is 4 minutes long. My next topic will be FUN. After such a somber subject I think we all need a good laugh!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Video and MSN

MSN announced it's entry into the sites you can store videos. In addition to Utube, AOL, Google and a couple others the field is getting crowded and will definitely insure the continuation of AFHV. More tomorrow on embedding.