looks kind of cool. Not that I'm writing any music, but I know people that use it's commercial competitors, such as Sibelius.
I'm not very keen on skype. People sometimes ask me why. Skype have done a really good job of bringing video chat to the masses, and making it really easy, and fair credit to them. But if you want to use skype, you have to use skype software, and skype servers.
I've got a silly little bug with my MythTV installation. On the 'welcoming' screen there is a section of text that tells you what all the tuners are upto. It scrolls through each tuner telling you if it's idle, or if it's recording a show.