Scott Hanselman

I'm digging Skype more and more, the I'm tired of all the different "Me" issues. Also, moving your Skype contacts.

January 13, 2005 Comment on this post [8] Posted in Diabetes | XML
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skype1.jpgI'm digging Skype more and more. I'm GlucoPilot (note the custom URL handlers). The new Skype 1.1, while it apparently has some installer issues (I haven't faced) is a great improvement over 1.0.

The best new addition is conference calling. It seems to only be as good as the worst connection in the conference. I spoke with Omar in California and Adam in Brazil (this week), and it seemed a little dodgy due to Adam's connection.

Skype is great but I have to problems. One is simple, the other is unforgivable.

1. It's yet another identity. As far as I'm concerned my email address is the closest thing to "who" I am online that I can get. I'd rather not have ANOTHER 'nick.' But, I can live with this.

2. The real issue is that I have three computers and (unless I'm nuts) Skype doesn't allow storing your Skype Contacts remotely and don't even have an export function.

This is nuts. But, I figured I could look in Applicationdata\skype, etc and manually merge XML files, right?

GASP. This is the first time in recent memory that I looked at a settings file for a NEW application (especially a 'viral marketing' one like Skype) and didn't find XML config underlying. Skype uses a binary format to store your contacts list locally. Frankly - SHOCKING.

However, someone pointed me to which purports to offer another abstraction layer on top of Skype and manage contacts. We shall see.

For now, there's a lot of Me's out there.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 13, 2005 22:51
Yeah, I've been digging it too. Please post about and if helps w/ these issues, as I have it installed on multiple boxes as well, and right now don't have that many Skype contacts, so it's not really an issue, but when it gets to the point where I have as many skype as IM contacts, then that would be seriously frustrating.
January 14, 2005 0:10
Skype is really great. In the last 8 months I have been using this, I saved more than 1500 bucks. I can't wait to try out the conference utility in the latest version. Thanks Skype and Thank you Scott, you pointed me to skype months back.
January 14, 2005 1:25
I also downloaded the latest version a couple of days ago and I've been digging into it as well. What's great about Skype is Skype out. It probably saved me a few hundred bucks so far. All my relatives are in Japan, so I call them using Skype out.

Well, guess what. With the power of the Internet, I ordered a headset from a Internet shop in Japan for my Dad. He's got a headset there now. Then, I manipulated his computer over the Internet using NetMeeting and setup Skype for him! We can now talk to each other over the Internet for free. I find Skype having even clearer sound quality than regular phone!
January 14, 2005 15:02
Oh no! Not another "picture with my hand near my chin" photo!
January 14, 2005 15:19
Phooey on you. I like the picture! :)
January 16, 2005 18:33
If we want to tie in our web cams so we can videoconference, does anyone know of any reasonable cost solutions? When I first saw the pictures, I was hoping it supported video!
January 19, 2005 15:47
Hope next Skype releases store Skype Contacts remotely or at least have an export function, since I am using it at home and at office.
September 21, 2005 15:55
Perhaps U3 has the solution to "skype everywhere you go"?

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