Browsing books on Skype & Blackberry hacks from O’Reilly.
I posted this blog from my BlackBerry, sending it as an E-Mail to the secret e-mail address that WordPress provides for posting via e-mail.
One of the “Hacking” books was on Skype, and helped me solve at least one problem. The previous owner of this computer spoke French. Everytime I launched Skype, it came up in French, although once I logged in as myself, it reverted to my preference for English.
Here are the notes I took on my Blackberry from “Skype Hacking” and also from the O’Reilly book “Blackbery Hacking.”
O’Reilly isbn 0-596-101893 Skype Hacks Andrew Sheppard
The solution to the French problem was to -
1). Set computer options to SHOW hidden files
2.) Enter the French users folder, enter APPLICATIONS, enter Skype, and remove his profile folder.
THE reason that Skype launched in French was because the French speakers user file was the first one it encountered. After I removed it from the Skype folder, that user name no longer appeared.
C:/docs & settings/username/application data/skype/skypename
There is one crucial file that controls Skype: Config.xml
C:/docs & settings/username/application data/skype/skypename/config.xml
Rename that file & Skype will rebuild it with default values
Another crucial file is Shared.xml
Tools folder options view advanced show hidden files
Delete user name
Docs&settings username application data skype username
Here is a tool which can be used to allocate extra bandwidth to the Skype application
Skype Incoming speed 24.5 outgoing 11.5
I would love to have Skype on my BlackBerry, to see if it functions better on T-Mobile than on my desktop with Verizon DSL, which has given me some poor connections where the other party cannot hear my voice.
Here is another BlackBerry tip:
I can create an account in del.icio.us and bookmark pages with a tag of DESKTOP
Then I can use Bloglines to create an RSS feed from my del.icio.us for anything tagged DESKTOP. In this way I can remember to view on the desktop pages which are of interest but which would be difficult to view on the BlackBerry.
Verichat is a BlackBerry application which lets you combine many different IM accounts (AOL, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, MSN) into one IM application, which is very similar to what Trillian does on the desktop.
Finally, I learned that if I need a full size keyboard for the BlackBerry, I can purchase a Freedom input bluetooth keyboard, which wirelessly connects to my BlackBerry.