Skype is a wonderful tool. Using your already active Internet connection, Skype allows you to call any other Skype member, free of charge. You can also make extremely cheap long distance and international calls if you’re so inclined, and all calls received through Skype are free.
Because it’s such a low cost alternative to the standard phone, many people want to bring Skype with them as they travel, so that they can call around without emptying their pockets first.
Sadly, Skype has yet to release an official version that works on a USB drive. Thus, the only way to use Skype when you’re on someone else’s ‘puter is to either install Skype there, or use their copy of Skype and leave your digital fingerprints all over it (a no no for privacy people).
Less sadly is the fact that with a few simple hacks, you can create your very own fully functioning ‘Skype Portable’. Unfortunately, it’s a Windows only affair, though I’d imagine the process isn’t much different for us Mac guys (and I’d also imagine that for us Mac guys, Skype is portable ready right out of the box).
First of all, make a folder for your portable application. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s call it “Skype Portable”. Next, go into the installed Skype folder on your computer (download the program first if you haven’t already got it). Find the file “skype.exe” and copy it (right-click on the file and choose “copy”). Then place the copied file inside your Skype Portable folder by right-clicking inside the folder and choose “insert”.
Next, inside the Skype Portable folder, make another new folder and name it “data”. Inside the data folder, open a new file with Microsoft Notepad. Name the file “skype.bat” and inside this notepad file, place the following line: skype.exe /datapath:”Data” /removable . Save and close.
Move the entire Skype Portable file over to your USB flash drive. Congratulations, you now have a working portable version of Skype which can be run from a USB drive.
[Via: Read/Write Web]