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Skype no audio and crashing on OpenSUSE 12.3

Skype for OpenSUSE (download link) may have no audio and frequently crash. This issue is caused by missing packages for the audio subsystem.

Solution: install the packages alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit and pavucontrol

sudo zypper in alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit pavucontrol

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Skype 4.2 crashing frequently on Ubuntu 13.04 64bit

It’s recommended to install Skype from the Ubuntu repositories rather than the download from Skype.com. In doing so, it can be beneficial to install the package listed below as well.

If you experience Skype crashing or locking up frequently on 64-but Ubuntu 13.04, try installing the following. It fixed it for me:

sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins:i386

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Throttling Skype bandwidth using NetLimiter

In order to throttle Skype’s bandwidth, you can use a freeware program called NetLimiter. This demonstrates how to set up bandwidth limiting for Skype using NetLimiter 3. You can get NetLimiter from here, but you will need at least the Lite version (not the free version) in order to enable the limiter.

Install NetLimiter, rebooting when prompted. Then locate the NetLimiter icon in your task tray and double click it. It looks like this:

Next, start Skype if you haven’t already. Then, locate the line in NetLimiter that shows Skype. It looks like this:

Skype’s bandwidth requirements states it requires a minimum of 128kbps for video, but recommends 300kbps. Follow the instructions below to limit Skype to the 128kbps limit. You can adjust the limit upwards after setting the initial limit if the quality of your video calls suffers too greatly.

Clicking on the numbers (the 5120 under DL Limit or UL Limit) will open the limiter settings.

Set it to 128kbps (which is 16000 Bytes/sec) as follows:

Set this for both the UL and DL limit. Adjust the settings higher or lower based on your own needs. Changes take effect immediately and do not disrupt the call or require a reboot. This means you can adjust settings during the call if you need to.

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Re-enabling the thumbnail preview of webcam video in Skype

If you’ve accidentally closed the video preview window in Skype, it should re-open next time you start a call. If not, you can re-enable it by performing the following steps:

Go to Tools > Options, and click on Calls. Click the Show Advanced Options button, and uncheck Show call controls when Skype is in the background.

Now, hover in your call window, and you should see a new icon in the lower-right corner that looks like a square. Click that, and there will be a menu item for Pop-out video. Click that, and the preview window will appear and stay on all the time.

Tested on Skype 6.0.0.126

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Installing Skype on Ubuntu (or Debian) with updates for Skype URLs

This how to will show you how to install a Skype client in Ubuntu & Debian base operating system.

1. First of all you need to start up Synaptic Package manager. Go to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager

2. From Synaptic, go to Settings->Repositories. Click on Other  Software Tab. Check the box next to Canonical Partners.

3. Click Close, and Click ‘Reload’ at the top of Synaptic. Now you can locate Skype and install it from Synaptic or Ubuntu Software Center.

Now to install skype-action-handler to handle skype: URLs:

Download and install the Skype Action Handler
http://search.cpan.org/~ecarroll/Net-DBus-Skype-0.02/script/skype-action-handler (direct download link) and extract.

In a console, navigate to extracted files directory and run these as root:

perl Makefile.PL
make
make test
make install

For Mozilla (Firefox)
* Open Mozilla (Firefox)
* Type about:config in the address-bar to open the configuration editor.
* Use the scroll bar to navigate to the network.protocol… section.
* Check if the network protocol section includes a network.protocol-handler.app.skype key.
* If a key exists, edit it. If no key exists, create a key by right-clicking on any key and selecting New -> String from the pull-down menu.
* Enter network.protocol-handler.app.skype as the key name.
* Enter /usr/local/bin/skype-action-handler as the key value.

### For GNOME-aware browsers (Epiphany, Firefox 1.5)
Run the following two commands:

/usr/bin/gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype/command '/usr/local/bin/skype-action-handler "%s"'
/usr/bin/gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype/enabled true

Thats it – Test Call should work in Firefox. UPDATE: Except, it doesn’t work here. I can’t give you a valid link because WordPress keeps eating it. :\ But, try this yourself in an html file:

skype:echo123?call

To undo the above gconftool key changes, you may run the following:

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype

Original post by thestudio53 at http://blogs.skype.com/linux/2006/08/making_skype_links_work.html. Rewritten with updates for Ubuntu 10.04 and information from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=449543

Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome. Please share your experience with this so I can improve the guide. Thank you.

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Ten things to do first when creating a new website

Alright, so you’ve got your CMS (website software) installed and set up, and you’re looking at your new front page.

Now what?

Here’s my suggestions for the first ten things to do to get your website “off the ground” as it were. It’s recommended that they be done in some kind of order, as you will get the best results with one after having done the others before it.

1. Edit your front page

This should go without saying. Change the default content to something a little personal talking about you and your new site. State what it’s about, but don’t go overboard with the keywords or ads. A new site is a new site, but a new site rife with “keywords” and ads will scream “stay away!”

Don’t worry about themes at this point, unless you have something specific in mind. The search engines won’t care what kind of theme you use and they’ll re-index as things change. There will be plenty of time for theming later.

2. Get an XML Sitemap plugin

XML sitemaps are sitemaps specifically designed for search engines to use to crawl your site quickly and effectively. They contain a list of every page regardless of whether or not it’s linked from another page, and the page’s last update. Even better, most XML Sitemap plugins will automatically “ping” (or notify) the search engines when you create a new page or update a page. A must have for fast indexing.

3. Get your webmaster accounts

Google, Yahoo, and Bing offer webmaster tools for site owners to submit, verify, and specify XML sitemaps for their sites. Once you complete this step, search engines will usually begin crawling your site within a day.

Make sure to complete the verification steps at each site.

Here are the direct links: Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo Site Explorer, Bing Webmaster Center

4. Get a good stats system

Server logs aren’t a good indicator of site traffic unless you’re getting less than a handful of hits each day. Even then, once you start getting some traffic, you’re going to want to see specifically what pages are popular and with what visitors. Even inbound searches will show you what you’re doing right so you can keep focusing on the important stuff.

I recommend Clicky. The stats are real-time and it’s free for one site.

5. Get some inbound links

Chances are you have at least one friend with a website. Ask them to put up a link to yours. This is good for two things, traffic and search engine ranking.

Visitors to the other site may see a link to yours and click on it, and search engines will see the link from the other site to yours and “follow” it to yours, helping your search ranking.

Of course, it helps if the sites are on the same topic as yours.

6. Make it your own

Start playing with the theme, layout, and color options. Make it your space and your style. Darker themes are more suitable for personal sites, lighter themes for more professional. Use colorful backgrounds that show off your skills if you are an artist (painted or drawn art, music, etc. If you create something, show some style).

7. Start adding real content

Nothing is going to turn away visitors faster than the words “Coming Soon” or “Under  Construction.” Post something up, if only a few paragraphs. Talk about yourself, the reason and aim for your site, and what you’re working on. Link to your user profile on some social networking sites, put up pictures. Above all, make sure it’s original content! Users know when you steal from other websites, and it will immediately discredit you.

8. Make yourself available

Add a contact form, your email address, a Skype or Google Voice button if you have them. If a viewer wants to get in touch with you, they should be able to. If you’re a business, your address and/or telephone number are also a must.

9. Add interaction

Add a comment box or guestbook. Let visitors comment (even if it’s negative). You may learn something. Respond to the comments to show you are involved and that you care.

10. Update often!

A web site is not a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. Look at your site regularly and add new content, update out-of-date content, and play around with the layout. Out-of-date content is a turn-off for most web visitors. No one wants to spend time reading a post that is obsolete or out-of-date. Keep it fresh and keep it coming.

Have experience launching a website or any advice to share? Did you try these tips? Did they work for you? Have something to add? Please share it in the comments!

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