Skype

Version 18 (kju, 05/22/2009 08:37)

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h1. Dev Heaven.net group chat - devs only
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h2. DevHeaven Skype group
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We, the DevHeaven community, meet in a Skype group channel to offer support to any service
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we provide, as well to give people a place to talk, discuss and share knowledge between
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experienced devs in both real time and asynchronous (reading back in full history).
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h3. How we operate the channel
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We operate the channel IRC like.
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This means people normally have Skype running once their computer is on.
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Yet the standard is to idle in there instead of focusing on the channel all the time.
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This means people look at the channels to see what's going on once they like to and
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have the time to do so.
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Skype supports the asynchronous use with full history and easy back reading.
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The other key aspect is to keep to talk centered around dev related topics.
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We try to keep the channel readable. Skype allows easy 4 eyes talk instead of
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using the channel for personal talk. Also people are discouraged to spam or
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talked about non dev related topics. The channel is meant for dev topics.
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!skype_look.png!
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h3. Skype core features
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* If you are offline, you will get all messages posted in the meantime
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  when being connected to Skype again.
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* You have a full history of the channels posts from the point of joining.
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  Useful for search and back reading.
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* Direct contact to other prominent community members via the channel and
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  via private conversations.
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* Offline messages. See details below.
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h3. How to join
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Feel free to contact any of the [[Dev_heaven#Dev-heaven-support-team|DevHeaven support team]] to become invited.
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Once you have been invited, you will see an additional entry in the *conversions* list.
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*Make sure to bookmark the channel to have it available in the contacts list*.
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!skype_devheaven_channel.png!
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h3. Recommend settings
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* Change the look to *compact view*.
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!skype_compact_view.png!
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h3. Beginner tips
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* *CTRL F* to search the current conversion / group channel
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* Type @/find TEXT@ in the text input box to search the full history of the
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  current contact or channel.
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* Hitting the *up key* when having the text input focus, allows you to edit
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  your last message.
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* Use @RMB->edit@ on your sent messages to edit or remove sent messages of
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  yours. A pen icon on the right side indicates edited messages.
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* Drag and drop a file into the group chat to send it to *all members*.
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  Open a private conversations to send it only to the one person.
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* Type @/showmembers@ in the text input box to list all members in the group
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  channel.
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* Type @/help@ in the text input box to list all group chat commands.
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h3. Members
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* CaptainMurphy
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* chill
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* Doomguy
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* Evil Echo
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* i0n0s
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* Killswitch
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* kju
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* mikebart
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* Mikero
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* norrin
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* Q1184
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* Scubaman3D
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* Sickboy
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* Sonsalt
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* Spooner
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* Squelch
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* Sy
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* The-f
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* TheCaptain
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* T_D
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* Vigilante
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* ViperMaul
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* Xeno
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h2. Skype features
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* Read back group chat message log / history (even when you were offline).
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* Good overview and easy operable message log / history.
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* Ability to edit previous messages.
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* Also managing abilities to remove shitty messages etc.
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* Typing notification.
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* No quit/join / ping time out / connection reset by peer messages.
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* Works basically from any network. Can use port 80 or 443 for communication.
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* Peer to Peer, basically always works, no problems with loosing connections.
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* Well manageable because it's working with Invite system, allowing full control
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  of user-base per group chat.
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* Offline Messaging: When another user is offline, you can still send a message
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  to him. The message will be automatically delivered, when both of you are online
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  the same next time.
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* Closed source / property encrypted messaging. Not safe for sensitive data.
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* Simple and always working file send options.
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* Ability to use audio conversion via headset.
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h2. Useful links
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* "Skype Download":http://skype.com/intl/en/download/
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* "Skype Alternative Clients / Operating Systems":http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=78508. Useful if the official Skype Client does not support your OS / device.
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* "Skype Group Chat":http://www.skype.com/business/allfeatures/groupchat/ (very basic info).
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* "Skype Group Chat 'Did you knows'":http://handytechtips.blogspot.com/2008/04/skype-chat-taking-control-of-group-chat.html
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* "Simultaneously using multiple accounts with Skype":http://www.numlock.ch/news/it/simultaneously-using-multiple-accounts-with-skype/
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h2. Advanced tips
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h3. Group channels
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* You can bookmark a chat, so you can close it (without leaving!) and returning later.
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  You will be able to read back what has been said, even when you went offline.
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* Never click "Leave Chat" or you must be re-invited.
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* To see online status of other people (even in chat rooms) using stricter privacy,
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  you have to add them to your contact list and they have to accept.
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h3. Nicknames
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* You can change your nickname to whatever you like. However we recommend you to
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  have the nick you usual use to allow people to identify you properly. 
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  Or a combination of nick and what-ever-you-desire.
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* You can rename a contact, and change it into a preferred name.
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  When you have the person in contact list, right click and choose "Rename".
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h3. Using another IM Client 
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If you do not like the Skype UI & Settings, you can wrap the following clients around Skype (Check for plugins):
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* Pidgin
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* Miranda-IM
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* Trillian
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* Possibly others
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h3. Message Notifications
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* You can choose to disable message notifications for chat rooms in:
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  @Tools->Options->Notifications@
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h3. Disabling Super-Node
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Do it properly and "without drawbacks":https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration.
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Add to your registry and reboot:
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<pre>
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Skype]
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Skype\Phone]
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"DisableSupernode"=dword:00000001
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</pre>
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"More Info":http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-be-or-not-to-be-skype-supernode.html
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h2. Troubleshooting
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h3. Skype crashes on some mobile devices
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Try "Fring":http://www.fring.com