I remember when the original Connectix QuickCam came out. This was the first time that hooking up a video camera to your computer became cheap enough to do it for the lulz, rather than for business. Sure, if you had some serious coin, you could invest in a PowerMac 8500 which had some video-in ports and buy a little Apple-branded tiny real video cam (or just use a camcorder), but the QuickCam was the gateway drug: with it, any idiot with $100 could broadcast their ugly mug out over the nascent commercial Internet. Back then, about the only thing to do with your QuickCam was to run CU-SeeMe, which I remember as being piece of shit software. However, CU-SeeMe birthed the first of a new breed of human: the Camwhore. Yes, there were rumors abound on the Usenets that if you happened to connect to the right "reflector" at the right time, you might be able to convince some female of indeterminate age to expose herself to you. Jump a few years into the future, and thanks to MTV's True Life: I'm a Camwhore I now know that there are a select few people out there who actually can make a living (of sorts) as professional camwhores. I used to listen to Tom Leykis on the radio a lot because he's an entertaining dude and it was better than newsradio or politics. One thing he said that stuck with me is that there is no such thing as a legitimate use for a webcam. If you go into your significant other's bedroom and there is a shiny new webcam on the desk, they are screwing around on you, or preparing to. A work colleague with whom I'm coordinating an event has (innocently) asked me to get a webcam so we can video chat instead of talk on the phone, but I keep putting her off because I know that no real good can come out of me having a webcam. FOCUS: Webcams, or cameras of all kinds + the Internet. Who (or what) have you encountered out there in the big wide world of low-resolution person-to-person streaming video? Did you see two dudes doing it on Chatroulette? Did you meet the love of your life, or your weekend, video chatting with random people on Skype or MSN? Do you stream your whole life Truman-Show-style? Do you just like to fuck with people?