I love the Globe and Mail and I actually subscribe to their print edition. But I don't love their articles about computer hardware and software which are usually "me-too" or clueless. "The battle for your home" by Catherine McLean and Patrick Brethour (no link because of the Globe's silly registration required policy) in the Saturday October 8, 2005 Edition is yet another one of these articles.
How can an article about VoIP in 2005 not mention Skype? Inconceivable! World wide voice calls are now a commodity and a feature not a business model. Voice will be everywhere (a standard part of software similar to the way email is part of many, many programs today); not just the purview of the dinosaur telcos and their relatives, the cable companies.