Hacking Skype for Better Teleconferencing

Photo: Randi Silberman Klett

David Schneider of IEEE Spectrum has an interesting article up about a system he set up to improve his Skype-mediated telepresence at their editorial meetings. Physically, the system consists of four oblong wooden boxes, distributed along their conference table, mounting ten USB devices between them (two webcams and eight microphones)... Read more »

Turbine-powered hotspot

Dan Lampie and David Brenner built a turbine that powers a WiFi repeater and VOIP server. The project uses a pair of Linksys wireless router with DD-WRT firmware to bring Wi-Fi and VOIP connectivity to remote areas without well-established infrastructure. Potential applications include extending internet connectivity from urban to rural... Read more »

Build a Skype server and replace your land line

With some of my family overseas, Skype and iChat have become important tools for voice communication, second only to the cell phone and face to face protocol. It occurred to me that outside of telemarketers and the very occasional late-night pizza dial, the land line has become a relatively unused... Read more »

Experimental High-resolution Skype for Mac and PC

Jason has a sweet Skype hack… Jaanus Kase posted instructions over on Skype’s developer site for enabling higher quality 640×480 video. You need to upgrade to the latest Skype release (2.5.0.85 or later for mac and 3.0.0.216 for PC), quit Skype, and then edit the config.xml file in your settings... Read more »

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