Skype in control.
A while ago, equipped my country house with a box that allows me to control
some important stuff by sending SMS messages. In fact, SMS messages are the
only way to access this gizmo. As a security measure, the box only accepts
SMS messages from pre-defined phone numbers.
With Skype 2.5, SMS message sending from Skype is made possible. All I
needed to do was to configure Skype to include phone number, instead of my
Skype name, which is default. To do that, you go to Options->SMS messages,
and tick “Show my mobile number in SMS messages I send out”. Enter your
phone number, wait for verification code to arrive as SMS message, type in
the code from SMS and click Submit. There, you are all done. You can now
send messages from Skype and the receiver will not be able to tell if you
sent it from your phone or Skype.
I just turned on the floor heating of the house for weekend, and I am
pretty happy about being able to use Skype to talk not just to people, but
to machines as well!