Thursday, 23 December 2010

Are you involved in Skype group chats that are distracting – then set a notification trigger based on your name

We use Skype extensively for inter-office communications and a colleague recently showed me how she could ignore the Skype group chats unless someone specifically typed her name (or other configured words).  This is very useful if you want to ignore chats unless your name or other topics come up. 

Here’s how it’s done:
1) Open a chat window (group chat or 1-on-1 chat)
2) Select the pull down menu: Conversation->Notification settings
3) Select the radio button “Notify me only if these words are mentioned” and type in some trigger words and phrases:

Hope this helps shield you from “noisy” group chats and you can get some work done.

BTW: there are some nice useful features under that “Conversation” pull down menu – why not try some out now
eg: Profile panel –> Set topic

Why purchase a CD player for your car when you can use a USB stick and FM transmitter for less than R150?

I recently had a request for advice on purchasing a car CD player for music – here’s my suggestion:

If you have your music on a USB stick then why not rather purchase a FM transmitter?
I bought one for less than R150

This is how it works:
1) Memory stick with your mp3 music on
2) Plug the memory stick into the FM transmitter
3) Plug the FM transmitter into your car’s lighter (for power)
4) Press play on the FM transmitter
5) Tune your car’s FM radio into the FM transmitter frequency and voila – your MP3 music in your car!

For example:

Find a store here:


The C-Tech FM/MP3 Modulator for R100 from Cash Crusaders:

Main Features:   
4 in 1 Card Reader With Cell Phone Charger
Plays MP3 Audio On Your Car Stereo From Any SD/MMC or USB Drive
Cell Phone Charger Fittings For Most Popular Makes & Models

Works for me :)

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