Skype Hacks: Tips & Tools for Cheap, Fun, Innovative Phone Service [NOOK Book]

Overview

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) ...

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Skype Hacks: Tips & Tools for Cheap, Fun, Innovative Phone Service

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596553654
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/12/2005
  • Series: Hacks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Start using Skype 1
Ch. 2 Save money with Skype 33
Ch. 3 Configure Skype 61
Ch. 4 Tweak and tune Skype 112
Ch. 5 Skype at work 145
Ch. 6 Mobile Skype 174
Ch. 7 Skype fun and play 187
Ch. 8 Skype chat and voicemail 203
Ch. 9 Security and privacy 212
Ch. 10 Quirks, gotchas, and workarounds 231
Ch. 11 Skype add-ons and tools 247
Ch. 12 Automate Skype 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Skype

    Do not buy this book. It is not actually skype. It is just tips on how to hack into skype. I am suprised the piolice have not disvovered thid yet.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Anomouns

    Um well i love skype but this is so stupid

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Are you a novice or a hardcore Skyper who wants to play with Skype¿s innards? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Andrew Sheppard, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to save money by using Skype and, how to remove boundaries imposed by having lived within the confines of your regular phone system for so long, a system that has been in stasis for decades--dumb, lifeless, and unmoving. Sheppard, begins by explaining what Skype is and how it works, and introduces Skype¿s main features. Then, the author focuses on the economics of Skype and the ways of figuring potential savings. Next, he focuses on Skype configuration, by showing you how to improve performance, and customize Skype to meet your individual needs. The author then shows you how to improve and enhance your communication while on the move. He continues by showing you the fun and playful side of Skype. Then, the author shows you how to hack around with Skype¿s other major features namely, instant messaging or chat, and voicemail. Next, he shows you how to have the visibility you require within the Skype community, and how you can be secure against some of the more common risks encountered by Skype users. The author continues by showing you how to deal with Skype limitations. Then, the author gives you a glimpse of Skype add-on products and tools that are currently available, and a sense of what is yet to come. Finally, he introduces you to the Skype API and how you can extend Skype¿s functionality and automate repetitive tasks using scripting methods: VBScript on Windows, Python on Linux, and AppleScript on Mac OS X. This most excellent book aims to liberate your imagination and show, in a practical hands-on way, how Skype can do amazing new things--sometimes things that even its creators never envisioned. More importantly, this book shows you how to make Skype work for you.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    S.M

    Who would want to hack in to skype? I have an account and it's awesome. But seriously, who would want to hack in to skype?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Wow

    " More importantly, it shows how to make Skype work for you. "
    Thats REAAAAL nice. -_-
    Very long message.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    J

    This is the best app ever!!!!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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