Skype /ˈskaɪp/ is a telecommunications application software that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the Internet to other devices or telephones/smartphones. read more at WikiPedia

  •  Skype  is a famous VOIP (Voice Over IP= telefon call using internet as a medium to transport voice). Using skype has a lot of benefits:
    • Unlimited conversation time with user using internet.
    • Incredible voice and sound quality, even on a modem 56Kb
    • A nice GUI which look the same on all plattform (Windows | Mac OS X | Linux | Pocket PC), with a search engine to locate Your friends.
    • Firewall, NAT and proxy friendly, no worries about network configuration. (It use the port 80 like a browser)
    • Completelly free version. it does not contain spyware or advertising. You can even call someone on a regular phone (without internet) by paying yearly fees (Skype out).
    • End-to-end encryption: every data leaving Your Pc are encrypted (SSL 128bits)
    • A great community up to 20 Millions users (Forums - Community)

    Skype has recently see the start of some intersting plugin for it, especially for adding Video to it

    • vSkype adds video and sharing to your Skype experience. Getting started is simple. Just connect a camera, and invite up to 200 buddies to a video call. It does not exist right now but may appear soon.
    • Dialcom's Spontania video plug-in is designed to be integrated with any 3rd party Internet-based communication solution. It is right now available for skype (windows only :-( ) and it work perfectly.

    In order to enjoy video with a computer, I recommend You to buy a GOOD webcam: (sorry to say that I did not have any luck with 2 basic logitech webcam at 60 euro). Buy at least: 640x480 pixels at 60fps (120euro), nothing else! Philips webcam are known to wook good in low lights conditions. it's a more expensive combo but You will never regret it!

  • Unofficial Skype + Linux Sound FAQ
    Skype for Linux FAQ
    Skype 3.0 is a major milestone release, comparable in its significance perhaps to Skype video calling that came out about a year ago!
    • New look and feel
    • Public chats
    • Firefox Browser extensions
    • Sound settings wizard
    • Extras like playing games!
    • Extras sharing your desktop!
    • Extras: use a whiteboard to make notes on skype calls!
    • Skypecasts controls
    • Enterprise compatibility
    Download Skype 3.0 HERE
    Again a newer version for Windows, were is the linux one? (I am still stuck at Skype version 1.3 :-( )
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    Thanks to Skype web integration, making a button to show your online status has never been so easier.

    Attention, you will also

    • Somehow  loose some privacy as anybody will be able to call you/chat with you
    • Need to change your Skype privacy settings to show your status online learn more

    Create your html code Snippet by going to



    Note: the online generator always create call URL, if you want to allow only chat, just alter slightly
    the URL, exchange call with chat

    <script type="text/javascript" 
    script> <a href="">
    img src=""
    style="border: none;" width="182" height="44" alt="My status" />
    1. Copy the code Snippet in an empty file in your Joomla! root. For the example, lets call it
    2. In the module manager, create a copy the module 'wrapper', rename the copy to 'skypeme' 
      (or whatever make sense for you)
    3. Edit the 'skypeme'  module settings,
    4. Under "Module Parameters", set the URL to http://yourjoomlasite/skypeme.html
    5. Publish the module

    If you need to support multiple Skype account, I recommend you to use one of the extensions at
    Joomla extension in online status category.

    You can see the result live at the bottom of my page.


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    The PlayStation Eye is a webcam device by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 video game console. It is the successor to the EyeToy for the PlayStation 2. In case you have one floating around that you do not use for gaming, why not trying to use it as a webcam? You can find them cheap everywhere on ebay,,

    It is not anymore difficult to make this webcam work under Windows (Sony sell this camera since 2007), as there is good and stable drivers now available. I did test the webcam under Windows 7 64 bits and Skype. It work great as long as there is enough lights in the room.Note that the multi-directional microphone is quite exceptional of quality (The PS3 use it for voice location tracking, echo cancellation, and background noise suppression.)




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    The CL-Eye Platform Driver recommended for general users provides audio/video functionality with a single CL/PS3-Eye camera supported in a wide range of native and web applications that use Microsoft Windows DirectShow Framework (Skype, YouTube, Adobe Flash, AIM, MSN Messenger).

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    A working driver for MacOS can be downloaded from

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    Starting with Linux kernel 2.6.29, just plug your PlayStation Eye in a free USB port and enjoy. Tested under OpenSuse 10.2

  • Since the 15June, the official video for skype plugin is available!!!
    • invite up to 200 colleagues!
    • share your desktop! and files

    Getting started is simple. Just connect a camera, download our free vSkype plug-in, and invite up to 200 buddies to a video call - even if they don't have a camera. But wait, there's more! You can also share anything you see on your screen, even your entire desktop! Whether you use Skype for business or to connect with family and friends, now you can show a presentation, work on a spreadsheet, or share photos of your weekend fun while seeing everyone on the call! download it fast at