Skype on an USB smart drive
Do you remember the [announcement](http://www.skype.com/company/news/2005/u3_smartdrive.html) we made about Skype for U3-powered smart drive? That work is now nearing completion and you can already [get Skype from U3 Software Central](http://software.u3.com/Product_Details.aspx?productId=56) (note that this requires U3 USB smart drive). This means that you can walk into any Internet cafe or other location with your USB smart drive, plug it in and use your Skype with your own settings, history and other data.
Here’s a related tip that you may find useful, whether you’re using your own removable media or just want to tweak your configuration. Skype for Windows 1.4 has a /datapath:”path” command line option that specifies where all the Skype data is located. So you could do something like ‘skype.exe /datapath:”c:skypedata”‘ and that is where all your user data is stored.
Another parameter you should use when running Skype from a USB drive is /removable – this makes sure you won’t write nonexisting paths into the registry that are only valid when Skype is run from the USB drive, and if you would start Skype from the hard disk next time, you could get some ugly errors. The command also does other optimizations to the operation needed when running from removable media.