This webcam thing is great - best $30 I've ever spent (okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration). But by using Gmail and Yahoo messenger, I can chat live with people over the internet for free (with audio and video) so it's already cooler than a phone, by far. Plus, my cats are thrilled to finally be getting the recognition and admiration they so deserve.
Mike is still a little freaked out about talking to the computer. He keeps poking at the keyboard, saying,"Where's the rotary dial?" so it might take some time. Still, I'm doing my best to bring him into the 21st century.