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Titel: Skype Hacks: Tips & Tools for Cheap, Fun, Innovative Phone Service
Autor/en: Andrew Sheppard

ISBN: 0596101899
EAN: 9780596101893
Sprache: Englisch.

Dezember 2005 - kartoniert - 320 Seiten


If you've heard about Skype--and who hasn't with all the recent media attention devoted to internet telephone services--chances are you've been mighty tempted to try it out. Skype Hacks tells you what all the Skype hype is about, explains the basics, and shows you more than 100 clever tips and tricks for tweaking and tuning Skype to make it do just what you want and more.

Millions of people (48 million and counting, in fact) have opted for Skype, which uses peer-to-peer (P2P) technology to turn any PC, Mac, or Pocket PC into a telephone. Skype offers free calls between computers and extremely cheap calls to "old-fashioned" phone numbers (landlines and mobile phones). The sound quality is excellent, and end-to-end encryption means the connection is private and secure.

But if you really know what you're doing, Skype can accomplish a whole lot more than that. Software developer and author Andrew Sheppard recently converted his entire house to Skype and uses it for all his personal and business calls, even when he's traveling. In Skype Hacks, he shows you how to do things with the technology that even the engineers at Skype probably never intended.

Skype Hacks shows you how to:
* Get started with Skype
* Figure out how much money you're saving and maximize your savings
* Cut the ties to your old phone company
* Optimize your Skype configuration
* Integrate Skype with desktop tools like Microsoft Office and your web browser
* Set up a Skype-based call center

The book offers ideas for creating and organizing a contacts list, using Skype to transfer files, taking advantage of chat and voicemail capabilities, turning a PDA into a mobile phone, and automating Skype for even greater efficiency. So whether you'd simply like to give Skype a trial run, you want new Skype ring tones and fun on-hold music, or you're considering wiring your home with Skype to get rid of "regular" phone service altogether, Skype Hacks is your ideal guide.


Chapter 1. Start Using Skype
      1. Make Your First Skype Call
      2. Chat Using Skype
      3. Set Up and Make a Conference Call
      4. Try SkypeOut, Risk Free
      5. Try SkypeIn, Risk Free
      6. Try Skype Voicemail, Risk Free
      7. Roam the World with Skype Zones
      8. Transfer a File Using Skype
      9. Make Toll-Free Calls
      10. Forward Calls
      11. Dial Like a Wizard
      12. Troubleshoot Skype
Chapter 2. Save Money with Skype
      13. Back-of-the-Envelope Estimate of Skype Savings
      14. Avoid Falling Foul of the Taxman
      15. Avoid Problems Paying for Services
      16. Claim Your Money Back
      17. Avoid Higher SkypeOut Rates
      18. Avoid Additional Mobile Phone Charges
      19. Make Money with Skype
      20. Make Money with the Skype API
      21. Avoid Forfeiting SkypeOut Credits
      22. Get the Best Deal for VoIP Telephony
      23. Round Call Time to Your Advantage
      24. Manage Bandwidth Costs
Chapter 3. Configure Skype
      25. Test Your Sound System
      26. Test Call Sound Quality (echo123)
      27. Choose and Configure a Microphone and Speakers
      28. Choose and Configure a USB Handset or Headset
      29. Choose and Configure a Bluetooth Headset
      30. Configure Skype to Use Regular Phones
      31. Configure Skype on a Laptop
      32. Configure Skype on a Pocket PC
      33. Test Your Internet Connection Bandwidth
      34. Test Your Internet Connection Latency
      35. Build a Skype Server
      36. Make Skype Work with Personal Firewalls
      37. Set Up Multiple Phone Lines
      38. Test Your Connection for Skype Friendliness
      39. Eliminate Echo and Noise
      40. Reset Your Skype Configuration
      41. Run Skype Based on Time of Day
      42. Schedule When Skype Runs the Mac Way
Chapter 4. Tweak and Tune Skype
      43. Make Calls from Your Web Browser
      44. Accelerate Skype Using Your Keyboard
      45. Tweak Skype by Editing config.xml
      46. Run Skype from the Command Line
      47. Display the Technical Details of a Call
      48. Remove Unused Names from the Login List
      49. Add Fast-Dial Shortcuts to Your Menu or Desktop
      50. Fix Windows Wireless
      51. Fix Badly Behaving Routers
Chapter 5. Skype at Work
      52. Automate Skype Installation
      53. Set Up a Toll-Free Number for SkypeIn
      54. Set Up a Call Center
      55. Integrate Skype with Microsoft Office
      56. Record and Archive Conversations
      57. Transfer Files Among Diverse Machines
      58. Disable Skype File Transfer
      59. Improve Service Quality
Chapter 6. Mobile Skype
      60. Make Cheap Long-Distance or International Calls from Your Mobile Phone
      61. Communicate Using Skype, Even When Bandwidth Is Low
      62. Give Your Mobile Phone an International Dial-In Number
      63. Run Skype from a USB Memory Stick
      64. Make Free Calls While on the Move
Chapter 7. Skype Fun and Play
      65. Fun with Ringtones
      66. Band Together with Skype
      67. Stop Incoming Calls from Interrupting Game Play
      68. Learn to Speak a Foreign Language
      69. Build Skype Communities
Chapter 8. Skype Chat and Voicemail
      70. Log Chat Sessions Outside of Skype
      71. Automatically Forward Voicemail
      72. Listen to Voicemail Using a USB Handset
      73. Run Commands Remotely Using Chat
Chapter 9. Security and Privacy
      74. Manage Your Skype Privacy Settings
      75. Scan Files Received via Skype for Viruses
      76. Manage (or Delete) Your Skype Public Profile
      77. Avoid Skype "Spammers"
      78. Choose the Right Username to Avoid Being Harassed
Chapter 10. Quirks, Gotchas, and Workarounds
      79. Avoid Problems with Interactive Telephone Services
      80. Find a Fax Alternative
      81. Workarounds for 911 Emergency Service
      82. Workarounds for 411 Directory Assistance
      83. Workarounds for Home Alarm System Monitoring
      84. Transfer Folders, Not Just Individual Files
      85. Dial with More Than Just Digits
Chapter 11. Skype Add-Ons and Tools
      86. Control Skype Using Spoken Commands
      87. Add Video Conferencing to Skype
      88. Show Your Online Status in a Web Page
      89. Send Skype Chat Directly from Your Browser
      90. Manage Add-On Access Control
Chapter 12. Automate Skype
      91. Hot-Switch Among Sound Devices
      92. Automate Chat
      93. Automate Your Interactions with Telephone Systems
      94. Schedule Calls and Chat Using iCal on the Mac
      95. Send Email and SMS Notification of New Voicemail
      96. Convert Your Friends List to Fast-Dial Shortcuts
      97. Make Chat Talk Out Loud
      98. Erase a Skype User Account
      99. Spy on Skype API Messages
      100. Disable the Skype API


Andrew Sheppard develops software for the banking industry. Recently, he converted his entire house to Skype; he uses it for all his calls, personal and business, including when he's traveling.


"Overall I like the variety of hacks in this book and recommend it if you're set on using Skype. It contains lots of food for thought in possible configurations that will reduce your dependency on, and perhaps even eliminate, your fixed line voice services." - Mike Smith, news@UK, June 2006

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