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VoIP Hacks by Theodore Wallingford

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Hack #37. Answer Your Skype Calls, Even When You're Not Around

Thanks to the Skype API, Windows and Mac developers can create useful tools to extend the functionality of the Skype platform. One such tool is the Skype Answering Machine for Windows.

Skype makes you ultimately accessible. In fact, if you log into your Skype account using Skype clients on three different computers (on three different continents) simultaneously, any Skype calls to you will alert you on all three computers at once. You can answer such calls on any of the three, to boot!

But sometimes you might not want to be bothered. Say that you're out on your million-dollar pleasure yacht in some exotic port being fed plump red grapes while lounging behind your Ray-Bans. Now would not be a good time to receive a Skype alert (unless it is from the ship's master chef, informing you that your filet mignon is ready).

Times like this call for the Skype Answering Machine (SAM), at least if you're a Windows user (though the Skype API exists for Mac, SAM is only for Windows). This software add-on for Skype is a fully featured answering machine that can record your callers' messages, and even greet unknown callers differently from callers that are already in your buddy list. Grab it from http://www.freewebs.com/skypeansweringmachine.

Tip

Any time you add a new Skype add-on, like SAM, Skype will prompt you to grant permission for the new add-on to access Skype. This is a security precaution that's built into Skype, so don't be alarmed. ...

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