The compensation

I found it tremendously difficult to express myself in instant messaging. I don’t get most of the smileys and couldn’t bring myself to use it because I have this feeling that the other party might not get it too. (By the way, I am not too wrong about that; I asked.)

I tend to either use a lot more adjectives or I type LIKE KANYE WEST. I PUT MORE EXCLAMATION MARKS THAN USUAL TOO!!! Also found myself using more punctuation to represent pauses in speech, or something.

Perhaps it’s overdone but there’s no way to better represent intent when left with just lines and lines of text. Everything seemed less exciting on instant messaging.

Skype 5 for Windows

I just upgraded to Skype 5.0 for Windows. It’s really good at first glance. No longer are there annoying floating ads to get me to make phone calls. Overall the interface looks more polished than before. The integration with Facebook is a nice touch although I can’t find a reason to use Facebook through Skype. Now I will hope they get the Mac OS X one released soon too. Great job there.

Skype files $100M IPO

Skype goes IPO.

Skype Files $100M IPO

Skype S.à r.l. filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an Initial Public Offering of its American depositary shares, or ADSs. The proposed maximum aggregate offering price is $100 million. The company intends to list the common stock on the NASDAQ Global Market. (Source: Street Insider)

A Singapore company just spam my Skype

Usually I get spam from people telling me their weight losing regime work, but this time from a Singapore firm? Is it just me or is Skype having more and more advertisements these days…

Skype having more and more advertisements these days
Skype having more and more advertisements these days

Here’s what it says in text:

Good day to you, nice meeting you on Skype. This is Prince from Prince computers (SG), We are an IT company, which specialize in buying, selling, upgrading and repairing of both laptop and desktops.
We are currently looking for Damaged and Used laptops and desktops for the export market. *Terms and conditions do apply*
If you are looking at repairing any of your desktops or laptops, all our repairs and upgrades comes with a one month onsite software warranty and one year onsite hardware.
For more information.
Please feel free to mail or msn us @
Visit us @ (to find out our complete diversified range of services)
Call us @
Just give us a ring or drop us a mail for more enquiries ,no obligations to purchases

I am getting annoyed logging in to Skype seeing such things. These people just add me to their contacts and send one really long message.

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-04-16

  • EBay and Skype are splitting: #
  • Why does Twitter use Tinyurl when I still have sufficient remaining characters? I prefer the full url. #
  • @claudia10 It’s funny you mentioned about all caps, my aunt thinks all caps in the subject looks formal, lol… Like traditional letters. in reply to claudia10 #
  • @claudia10 I think they write something like REFERENCE TO COMPLAINT and they underline it or something. LOL in reply to claudia10 #

EBay and Skype are splitting

EBay plans to spin off its Skype unit, citing the VoIP company does not fit with the rest of the company. The split is a good move in my opinion. Yahoo News has more:

EBay to say goodbye to Skype

EBay plans to spin off its Skype unit, acknowledging that the Web telephone service does not fit with the rest of the company, in an indictment of former CEO Meg Whitman’s acquisition strategy.

EBay, whose shares rose 3 percent in after-hours trade, said on Tuesday it was planning an initial public offering for Skype by the first half of 2010, a move widely seen as putting a ‘for sale’ sign on the unit to fetch potential buyers.

Two people familiar with eBay’s thinking said the online auction company could seek substantially more than $2 billion for Skype. But some analysts doubted that it could fetch so much in current markets.

The San Jose-based eBay bought Skype in 2005 for $2.6 billion, in what was its biggest ever acquisition. John Donahoe, who became eBay chief executive a year ago, has vowed to evaluate whether the telephone service was a good fit with the rest of the company, which includes Web payments service PayPal along with its core auctions business.

“We believe operating Skype as a stand-alone publicly traded company is the best path for maximizing its potential,” Donahoe said in a statement on Tuesday. (Source: Yahoo)