As science fiction books and movies have foretold for years (we're looking at you, "Back to the Future Part II"), video conversations are the future. And with Skype, the future is now.
Luckily, the future is also cheap and family-friendly, as Skype allows you to video chat with any loved one (or anyone else in the world) for free. All each of you need is a computer, an Internet connection and a webcam. Setup is simple; you'll be talking within moments of opening an account. You can chat with your slow-adapting grandparents who are still on dial-up, though, unlike you, they won't be able to surf the Net during the conversation. Skype also offers a video group chat option, which is great for impromptu family reunions, and works with as many as five people at a time.