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Skype Utilities contd...

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-family:times new roman;"><strong><em></em></strong></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-family:times new roman;"><strong>Few other utilities that can make your calls cheaper</strong><br /><strong><em></em></strong><br />The software that I tried and I today recommend is Epyxmobile.<br /><br />The freeware version offers the following features:<br /><br /></span></span><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-family:times new roman;"></span></span><ul><li><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:130%;color:#000000;">Call </span><a href="http://www.skype.com/"><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:130%;color:#000000;">Skype</span></a><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:130%;color:#000000;"> users from your mobile</span></li><li><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:130%;color:#000000;">Make international calls from your mobile to any number at </span><a href="http://www.skype.com/products/skypeout/rates/"><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:130%;color:#000000;">SkypeOut rates</span></a></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:130%;">The other versions Pro & Net offer more extended features. Well. I haven't used the advanced versions. So I may not be able to comment on how does it fare against iSkoot that we discussed yesterday.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:130%;">To download the free version of Epyxmobile, click </span><a href="http://www.epyxmobile.com/index.php?page=epyxfree"><span style="font-size:130%;">here</span></a><span style="font-size:130%;">.</span></p><br /><br /><!-- technorati tags begin --><br br /><p style="font-size:10px;text-align:right;">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/skype" rel="tag" target="blank">Skype</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/skype plugins" rel="tag" target="blank">Skype Plugins</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Skype emoticons" rel="tag" target="blank">Emoticons</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/VOIP" rel="tag" target="blank">VOIP</a><br /><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech blog" rel="tag" target="blank">Tech Blog</a><br /></p><br /><!-- technorati tags end --><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://iamtagged.blogspot.com/2005/11/skype-utilities-contd.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Skype Utilities

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<span style="font-size:130%;"><em><strong></strong></em></span><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><em><strong>Skype Answering Machine</strong> [or popularly called SAM]:</em> </span><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><br /><em></em><br /></span><span style="font-family:times new roman;">SAM is a simple voice answering machine for Skype? users.When you are away from your PC and there is no one to answer your incoming Skype? calls, SAM will pick up the call, play a greeting message and the "all-time clasic beep" so that the calling party will leave a voice recorded message. This application has been developed by Alex Rosenbaum and you can download the application from </span><a href="http://www.freewebs.com/skypeansweringmachine/download.htm" target="blank"><span style="font-family:times new roman;">here</span></a><span style="font-family:times new roman;">.<br /><br />I have been concentrating mostly on freeware programs. However this shareware is worth a mention- </span><a href="http://www.skylook.biz/"><span style="font-family:times new roman;">skylook</span></a><span style="font-family:times new roman;"> . It is a tiny application that integrates Skype and Outlook. For a small fee, it allows you to record voice-calls and text chats to a special Outlook folder. Today, Skype is used widely in offices and institutions as an alternative to traditional telephone. With these utilities, it will become invincible in the VOIP category. However we have to wait and see what Google has to say to it.</span><br /><span style="font-family:Times New Roman;"></span><br /><br /><!-- technorati tags begin --><br br /><p style="font-size:10px;text-align:right;">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/skype" rel="tag" target="blank">Skype</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/skype plugins" rel="tag" target="blank">Skype Plugins</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Skype emoticons" rel="tag" target="blank">Emoticons</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/VOIP" rel="tag" target="blank">VOIP</a><br /><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech blog" rel="tag" target="blank">Tech Blog</a><br /></p><br /><!-- technorati tags end --><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://iamtagged.blogspot.com/2005/11/skype-utilities.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Emoticons for Skype

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

I have completed 16 postings and my page hits are close to reaching 1000. May not be great but atleast I think I will get there. I started this blog, knowing it will be a tech blog. But I was uncertain of the topics I was gonna cover.Looks like my site statistics help me decide what to write next on. Well, by the way, I love feedbacks and opinions, so feel free to write to me. You can use the Comment box thats underneath or mail me <a href="mailto:neela.kaushik@gmail.com">neela.kaushik@gmail.com</a><br /><br />I realised after going through my site statistics, that most of my visitors have landed after doing a google search for messengers/VOIP solutions. And there is one little fraction who keeps hunting for hidden emoticons and audibles. the most popular search that lands people on my webpage is <a href="www.google.es/search?q=hidden" sa="N" traget="blank" rls="org.mozilla:en-US:official_s&start=" lr="&client=" hl="'en&hs=">this ONE</a>. Some interesting skype plugins for these users.<br /><br /><br /><p><span style="color:#000000;">You can get interactive faces for Skype animation using </span><a href="http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/ct_trial.asp"><span style="color:#000000;">CrazyTalk for Skype</span></a><span style="color:#000000;">. The downside is, for you to use this s/w, both the users need to have CrazyTalk installed on their machines. Its just like the SmileyCentral for yahoo. </span></p>Here is something I wanna share with u all: It's Commencement Speech at Stanford given by Steve Jobs. A tough fighter, very determined worker and an accomplished CEO, who's where he is today because <strong><em><em>he followed his heart</em></em></strong>. He narrates three stories, the third one is so moving and truly thought provoking. This story is around the days when he was detected of cancer[pancreas] and he thought he was almost near death. The script is <a href="http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html" target="blank">available here</a>. A small piece of the video: Please give it a minute or two for it to download:<br /><br /><div align="center"><object id="MediaPlayer1" codebase="http://activex.microsoft.com/activex/controls/mplayer/en/nsmp2inf.cab#Version=" type="application/x-oleobject" height="262" standby="Loading Microsoft Windows? Media Player components..." width="320" classid="CLSID:22d6f312-b0f6-11d0-94ab-0080c74c7e95"><br /> <embed type="application/x-mplayer2" pluginspage="http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/MediaPlayer/" src="http://www.geocities.com/mailneela/jobs.asx" name="MediaPlayer1" width="320" height="262" autostart="1" showcontrols="1" volume="-20"></embed><br /></object><br /></div><br /><em>Courtesy: <a href="http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/report_stage/news/2005/june15/videos/51.html" target="blank">Stanford Report</a></em><br /><br /><br /><br /><p style="FONT-SIZE: 10px; TEXT-ALIGN: right">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/skype" rel="tag">Skype</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/skype" rel="tag">Skype plugins</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Skype" rel="tag">Emoticons</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/VOIP" rel="tag">VOIP</a><br /><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech" rel="tag">tech blog</a><br /></p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://iamtagged.blogspot.com/2005/11/emoticons-for-skype.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Message from the co-founder of Skylook

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">It is nice to know when people read your blog but its a 'nicer' feeling when they acknowledge it by writing back to you. It is an 'out of the world feeling' when the co-founder of an application you mentioned in your blog, takes the time to write to you.<br />
<br />Jeremy Hague,the co-founder of Skylook has sent me a <a href="http://www.waxmail.biz" target="new">Waxmail </a>. Click here to listen : <a href="http://www.geocities.com/mailneela/skylook.mp3">Message from Jeremy</a>
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<br />BTW, Skype 2.0 Beta with Video Calling is available. It has one known bug 1) Calls to SkypeOut numbers are reporting "call failed" rather than "busy" if the recipient?s phone is busy. It is available for download at <a href="http://www.skype.com/products/skype/windows/downloading_beta.html" target="blabnk">Download Skype 2.0 Beta</a>.<br />
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Is Gmail down?

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Is Gmail down or am I facing problems with my computer. I tried accessing <a href="http://gmail.google.com/" target="blank">http://gmail.google.com/</a> and I am unable to access gmail. However the emails are available on my google desktop. I tried accessing the website using IE and AOL Explorer but nothing seems to work. Is anybody else facing the issue.<br />
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Is Gmail Down? [Contd]

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Looks like the Google is launching new services/new version of gmail. I am still not able to get to <a href="http://www.gmail.com">www.gmail.com</a>. However browsed through the splash pages available at <a href="http://mail.google.com">mail.google.com</a> Or was it always there!!!<br />
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Norton was the culprit [Eh....] Gmail-my apologies

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

Last night, when I had tried accessing my gmail to access resources, I was shocked to find that Gmail was not accessible from my laptop. I tried IE and AOL explorer. However I was able to access Yahoo mail.I tried accessing yahoo mail through the messenger mail alert and not by keying in the mail address.<br /><br />It was shocking to find gmail down and I had posted my observations on my blog. This morning, as part of my routine, walked with my coffee mug to the desktop computer. Accessed gmail and was working fine. I thought gmail is up and running, finally! Phew!! I have all my project related materials in my gmail. I just realised how dependent I was on Gmail and I have not taken secondary copy.<br /><br />Ok now, a true techy, is never happy with one gadget. So I just opened my laptop early afternoon. Gosh, I am not able to access Gmail again. Now I try accessing Yahoo mail by keying in the address. Yahoo mail cannot be accessed either. Neither Hotmail nor aol mail. But only on the laptop. <br /><br />After a brief investigation mode, the techie in me said, hey didnt you turn off the norton internet security on request from Gmail yday. So I just activated and yes I am able to access my email accounts. Sorry Google & Gmail for the mistake. It was norton internet security. He was responsible for the mess. [Wink!!!]<br /><br /><strong>But I still can't explain the Splash Pages I noticed on <a href="http://mail.google.com/">http://mail.google.com</a></strong> They were very colorful pages that promoted gmail.<br /><br /><p style="FONT-SIZE: 10px; TEXT-ALIGN: right">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/gmail" rel="tag">Gmail</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Norton" rel="tag">Norton</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/gmail+down" rel="tag">Gmail down?</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/google+hack" rel="tag">Google</a><br /><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech" rel="tag">tech blog</a><br /></p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://iamtagged.blogspot.com/2005/12/norton-was-culprit-eh-gmail-my.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Remembering John Lenon

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<center><img src="http://www.geocities.com/mailneela/john.jpg"></center><br><br /><center> <strong>John Lenon - The Legend whose Dreams will never Die! </strong></center><br /><br /><u>Imagine</u><br /><br /><em>Imagine there's no heaven,<br />It's easy if you try,<br />No **** below us,<br />Above us only sky,<br />Imagine all the people<br />living for today...<br /><br />Imagine there's no countries,<br />It isnt hard to do,<br />Nothing to kill or die for,<br />No religion too,<br />Imagine all the people<br />living life in peace...<br /><br />Imagine no possesions,<br />I wonder if you can,<br />No need for greed or hunger,<br />A brotherhood of man,<br />Imagine all the people<br />Sharing all the world...<br /><br />You may say Im a dreamer,<br />but Im not the only one,<br />I hope some day you'll join us,<br />And the world will live as one. </em><br /><br />-- John Lennon<br /><br />I would like to remember John Lenon through these lines. They sound so simple, yet only when you delve into the details, you realise how difficult it is to achieve it. But the dream is a 'beautiful' one and I just hope that atleast we live to see this dream. Sounds 'far fetched' again!!! But, would it ever sound 'near and attainable'?<br />Now again, do I sound pessimistic or is it just a realistic thought?<br /><br /><u>John Lenon: biography</u><br />1940 - 1980<br /><br />Pop star, composer, songwriter, and recording artist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside, NW England, UK. He was the Beatles rhythm guitarist, keyboard player, and vocalist, and a partner in the Lennon--McCartney song-writing team. He married Japanese artist Yoko Ono (1933-- ) - his second marriage - in 1969. Together they invented a form of peace protest by staying in bed while being filmed and interviewed, and the single recorded under the name of The Plastic Ono Band, "Give Peace a Chance' (1969), became the "national anthem' for pacifists. He had five more chart singles between 1971--4, but only "Imagine' (1971) had any immediate impact. On the birth of his son, Sean (1975-- ), he retired from music to become a house-husband. Five years later he recorded "(Just Like) Starting Over', but he was shot and killed by a deranged fan just before its release. His death affected millions of people, record sales soared, and he continues to be admired by new generations of fans. <br /><br /><br /><p style="FONT-SIZE: 10px; TEXT-ALIGN: right">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/John+Lennon" rel="tag">John Lennon</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Lennon" rel="tag">Lennon</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Beatles" rel="tag">Beatles</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Imagine" rel="tag">Imagine</a><br /><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech" rel="tag">tech blog</a><br /></p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://iamtagged.blogspot.com/2005/12/remembering-john-lenon.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Gmail Tools and Plugins

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
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<li>G-Mailto: Wanna set Gmail as your default mail program in Windows and not comfortable tweaking the registry yourself. Consider taking the help of <a href="http://www.rabidsquirrel.net/G-Mailto/">G-Mailto v1.32</a>
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<li>Well ok, if you love plugins, you gotta visit <a href="http://www.marklyon.org/gmail/gmailapps.htm">marklyon's</a> website. He hosts a whole bunch of applns : from the one that would allow you to create a To-Do list using your gmail account to the one that allows you to access you Yahoo mails using a POP3 client.</li>
<li>Well am in a hurry today ...so will continue tomorrow</li>
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Whats with Apple Powerbook G4's CD Drive?

by postneela In reply to Tech tips caught between ...

<p>Kaushik and I purchased a brand new <a href="http://www.apple.com/powerbook/" target="blank">17-inch Powerbook G4</a> during the Thanksgiving weekend. It's a very sleek looking gadget and is definitely bound to attract a few stares and some attention from strangers. I should say, definitely makes you feel proud, when you parade with it.<br /><br />A week had only passed by, and Kaushik had bought DVD's. Unfortunately the DVD got stuck and we could not open the drive at all. Like any other geek, we tried 'google' searching for solns to resolve the situation. Looks like its a very common problem. Many users have reported the same issue and have given a few advices that they tried<br /><br />Here are what we came across: </p><ol><li>Reboot holding the mouse button (or mouse left button if you have a multiple buttons mouse); release the button when the CD/DVD pops out </li><li>When booting, hold down the command-option-o-f keys simultaneously<br />when you see a white screen screen that says ?Welcome to Open Firmware", release the key combination and type in ?eject cd?. After the CD emerges, type mac-boot and hit return to reboot your mac </li><li>Ejecting via iTunes </li><li><a href="http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88068" target="blank">http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88068</a></li><li>F12, or Media Eject KeyYou can press the F12 key, also known as the Media Eject key (), located at the top-right corner of the keyboard to eject a disc from the DVD-ROM drive. Press and hold down this key for a few seconds until the drive ejects the disc.</li></ol><p>I then called up the Apple Support. They again asked me to repeat the steps mentioned above and it didn't help. I was then adviced to take the Powerbook to the Apple showroom to get it repaired/replaced.</p><p>We tried calling up the showroom to find out more details. They said the team [at Genius Bar] were always busy and only go by appointments. Fair enough! We asked for an appointment that Saturday. We were told, since we were not 'Procare' members, we can fix an appointment for Saturday only on Saturday morning and not earlier. We were also informed that, since they are usually very busy during the weekends, we may have to wake up as early as 6:30 a.m to make an appointment for that particular day. We were aghast!!!</p><p>For people like my husband, Saturday and Sunday mornings are usually a luxury and they would not wanna trade it for anything. Moreover, we spend a handsome $3000 and not even a week has passed, but facing problems with the product. When we try taking the problem to the customer support, the kinda support we received was apalling. We seriously thought, we would have been better of with a Sony laptop that is also sleek and smart looking one.</p><p>We managed to make and appointment that Saturday. The engineer at the 'Genius' Bar were very cordial and nice. They helped us to remove the DVD. </p><p><p style="FONT-SIZE: 10px; TEXT-ALIGN: right">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Apple+Powerbook+G4" rel="tag">Powerbook G4</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Apple+Powerbook+G4+CD+Drive" rel="tag">Apple Powerbook G4's CD Drive</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/CD+drive+stuck" rel="tag">CD drive stuck</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Apple+Customer+Support" rel="tag">Apple Customer Support</a><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech" rel="tag">tech blog</a></p><br /><br /><p></p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://iamtagged.blogspot.com/2005/12/whats-with-apple-powerbook-g4s-cd.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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