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Explaining my Skype mood message

Posted by Lester Madden under General

I changed my Skype mood message today to BT are crooks and have had numerous SMS’s, emails and SkypeChats from people wanting to know what BT have done to upset me.


Here’s why.


Fixing typos in Skype

Posted by Lester Madden under Skype, Software

I used to be able to spell. At school I may have not been the best in the class but I could hold my own. Since leaving school and starting working with computers, particularly Microsoft software my spelling has gone to shit.


Not only spelling but my grammar and hand writing have also suffered. I’ve been told I write like a spider dipped in ink. I’m confident that give it 1000 years and human thumbs will have evolved into USB adapters. We’ll just plug out thumbs into the PC and Windows 3007 (code name Longhorn) will allow us to interact directly with the PC.


I blame intellisense, these days I’m just too lazy to even try to spell, if Word doesn’t underline my errors then it must be right.


With MSN messenger and Skype my spelling is appalling, I type away and after sending the message I notice a dozen spelling errors – don’t pretend your not the same, I’ve seen your emails.


I found a feature in Skype 3.5 that lets you edit the last chat message you sent so you can fix those stupidly annoying errors you spot after pressing enter.


The next time you spot an error in your Skype chats either press the up arrow or right click and select edit to fix your errors.




While changing text is good, you can also change your last message for evil as well.




Lester says “you coming out for a beer tonight”


Steve says “yeah of course”


Can be edited to


Lester says “you wearing your wife’s knickers again you fat bastard”


Steve says “yeah of course”



Great fun in group chats.



If Steve happens to by your boss then another feature you might want to take advantage of is deleting your last message. (right click and select Remove).


It’s always good to delete the evidence. :-)




Send Faxes with Skype

Posted by Lester Madden under Skype, Software

If you use Skype then you know that for making calls it’s a first class tool.



Excellent sound quality, way better than a normal telephone, and if you are making a call to another Skype user its completely free.


One of the most requested features we receive is to include faxing. Well Pamela-Systems, the guys behind Pamela and Call Recorder have done just that and launched PamFax.


PamFax is a free application that you can install from here or In the next few days it will be in the Skype Extras Manager (Tools, DoMore, Productivity)


PamFax is simple to use and integrates with your Skype credits so you don’t have to take out your credit card to send a fax.


As a nice touch you can see where the recipient is located in Google Maps


If your looking for faxing solution and you’re a Skype user PamFax is well worth a look.


PamFax is also localized into multiple languages.


Screen shots below


Poor mans Vista

Posted by Lester Madden under General, Software

When I was at Microsoft I used to love installing the latest software. Mainly because it was my job to know how to use the latest software, but also because it was free.

Now I’m in the real world I have to pay for my own software or at least wait for Skype to upgrade to Vista.


I looked at upgrading my home PC to Vista but couldn’t bring myself to part with the cash. I like my PC working, XP is stable, all my hardware works just fine. Moving to Vista I’d probably end up having to replace something or other.




The other thing that puts me off is having read Vista reviews I don’t see anything in Vista compelling enough for me to upgrade. I can find my pictures just fine as they are and while Aero looks good it’s not worth me shelling out my own money.

So I did the next best thing. I found a really cool XP -> Vista theme that gives my PC that Vista look and feel.



Well I finally got of my arse and created myself a blog.

Posted by Lester Madden under General

I’ve been meaning to do it for the last few years but never seemed to get around to it, but hey I’m finally here.


Odd thing about starting a new blog is the only person to read this post is going to be me so let me rabble.


The last time I registered a domain was for a project I did at Microsoft (www.learn247.net) which was for a series of interactive learning DVD to help developers lean how to program .NET applications. I remember at the time having to mess around with all sorts of configuration, it wasn’t pleasant.


When I brought this domain I expected the same headache, however the guys at GoDaddy have done an amazing job at making setting up WordPress and a whole bunch of other web tools easy. In fact other than click on a link and say I wanted WordPress I didn’t do anything.

I gave the Learn247 site away before leaving Microsoft to join Skype, shortly after Learn247 disappeared but is back now. I still get the odd request from MS people asking when a new Learn247 DVD is coming out. You can hire me back for £70k :-)


Blast from the past. There were 4 projects.


Football247 - everything developers need to know about .NET development

WeRock247 - Smartclient development

WeFly247 - Visual studio beta 1 and a version for beta 2


WeRock247 DVDWeFly247 DVD



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