How to Prevent Skype from Lowering Your Sound

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The dreaded inconvenience of Skype (or your operating system, actually). Ever had that problem where if someone calls you on skype, it almost mutes the rest of the sound on your PC? If someone decides to call you while you’re listening to your music, you’re probably … yeah, let’s not go there. But it’s annoying right? Have you also tried to figure out how to stop Skype from automatically lowering the rest of the sound on your PC, but couldn’t figure out how? There’s absolutely no signs of it anywhere in the Skype configuration, and only god knows why I couldn’t find the answer on Google.

But alas, if you’re reading this, you did Google for the answer, and the answer is right here in this post for you (at least, for Windows 8 users. But I’m pretty sure it works for other Windows users as well, and the same concept might be the same for Macs.

I’ll be speaking in a Windows perspective here. So if you’re a Mac user, you can follow along but the directions won’t be the same. And I’m pretty sure if you follow along the same concept, you’ll be able to find the solution. I happened to stumble upon the solution while messing around with my new Windows 8 PC. But anyways.

Recording Devices
Click “Do Nothing” to stop Skype lowering your sound!

Basically, if you’re a windows user, go to your Taskbar (usually the bar on the bottom that holds your important application tabs) and look for your Speaker icon. Right click on it and select “Recording devices.” In this menu, go to the tab called “Communications” and WA-BAM, click on “Do Nothing.” This essentially stops¬†Windows¬†from lowering your music when it detects a communications application that’s gonna be in use (in this case, Skype). And walah, you’re done!

Writer’s Block

Lol, writer’s block? Seriously?

No but seriously, it’s been about a month since I updated my blog. Maybe I’m just occupied by the website I’ve been developing this summer. Maybe it’s because I’ve been occupied by some of my other interests as well. Or, it’s probably both reasons. Or, maybe I just don’t know what to write about.

My blog does have different types of content after all. Which areas do I contribute content into first?

Anyways, that’s not the point. I’m here again, and I’m here to talk about what’s been going on the past 30 days, since I actually have the time to :D.

Hyakki's Corner
Hyakki’s Corner – Buying Games So You Don’t Have To

Aside from seeing my lovely friends everyday, it’s been a very productive month. Hyakki’s Corner (the gaming website I’ve dedicated 90% of my summer to) is making A LOT of progress. I’ll talk about the website more some time in the future, but I’m pretty proud of being able to see my own work out there on the web that the entire public can see. Though it’s not even close to being done, it’s really satisfying to be able to display my work to the entire world, and have another reason to play my video games: not only for my pure satisfaction and enjoyment, but because I can apply my writing abilities (I enjoy writing, by the way, which is why I have my own blog lol) by flushing out guides and reviews on Hyakki’s Corner for whatever games I enjoy.

Hyakki’s Corner and video games wasn’t all I wanted to talk about though. My laptop sucks. Like, really sucks, by my standards. I can do a whole lot on this laptop, and it’s probably more powerful than a lot of laptops out there, but it’s so frustrating to deal with. Blue screen of death. Screen locks. Slow performance. Constant disconnections from Wi-Fi. Actually I take that back, this laptop isn’t that powerful anymore. With 4 GB of RAM, and only 2.67 usable, and an lol-i3 processor, what the hell can you do at all? There’s so much I have to worry about with this laptop. Sure I can run skype, and do my programming on it, and browse the web, but I am so frustrating with how slow the laptop runs, especially when I have several applications and tabs open. I have to close several things when I wanna run a new application, and I always have to keep track of my Physical Memory and CPU Usage through the Windows Task Manager. It’s just, ugh. Which brings me to this bad boy:

new computer
AMD Eight-Core Processor @ 4 GHz, 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti

Okay, the image means nothing without some details on the specs, but I’m not sure who’s reading this so I’m not sure if talking about the details would be a complete waste of your time. You just basically need to know that I got this for $1100 (which isn’t bad honestly for its specs), and that it’s literally 1000x more powerful than my laptop. And with this computer, I get to play FFXIV 2.0 when it comes out baby! High settings too! And of course, I can do my usual computer programming, web browsing, photoshop, etc etc with no inconveniences (at least, less inconveniences). Overall, I’m happy with my purchase, even though it’s the most expensive purchase I have ever made in my entire life. But, since it’s not portable, I’ll probably buy a new laptop too at a bargain price, and leave my PC for use when I’m at my dorm at USF. Which I’m okay with.

And with that, I’m signing off for now. I wanted to talk about some job and internship inquiries that professionals have contacted me about this summer, but I’ll save that for another time. This post is getting too long anyways up to the point that you probably didn’t even read everything as you’re reading this last paragraph. On a final note, I’ll be uploading personal solutions to coding various sorting algorithms in programming, so look out for that if you’re a programmer!