This week, I gave a two hour talk to the Freehold High School Computer Science Academy on how VoIP works. This ended up being quite a bit of work actually, since I needed to distill my existing tutorials to something a high school student could understand. I ended up needing to explain a bunch of core IP concepts first. Here's what I came up with. The feedback from the students was positive - many said they understood it! You can find the PPT here. Comments on the content are most welcome.
IP communications services - voice, video and chat and the many variations therein - are all the rage again. Startups are sprouting daily. Though some focus just on mobile, many are building cross-platform applications.
When building such a service, the first and most important capability that you need to build is perhaps not so obvious. It is not wideband voice. It is not chat. It is automated (and silent) client software upgrade.