Thursday, August 16, 2007

Skype is a problem

Someone I know has already convinced me long time ago that being Skype such a dominant player in the global Internet VOIP arena is a major problem that needs to be taken care of by the open source community.

Today, when Skype managed to have some kind of significant malfunction making it completely unusable for national or international calls. I know that for sure because I verified it with people I work with abroad.

Check out this message published on the official Skype blog:

Problems with Skype login
By My status Joosep on August 16, 2007.

UPDATED: Some of you may be having problems logging in to Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it’s a software issue and hopes to have this resolved quickly. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Now, excuse me for saying so but I don't think what they say is true because I have three workstations running in my home network and surely all three were already logged in. So, being Skype a so called Peer-to-Peer software: why should I even be in any need for their (commercial) dysfunctional login mechanism?

I used to like Skype VERY much in their early days. I even spent my good money on a Phillips Dect Skype phone. But I am afraid I now think the problem is the VOIP being held in one company, not the login as Skype claim in their blog.

Edit: 23.20 GMT+2
Skype is still down. A world without Skype. wow.


  1. My Skype is back on..
    Thank you for enlighting me. I thought my Skype problems all day yesterday was something I did. You know they say that even a terminal ill person would prefer the truth than the unknown. At least now I know... I am using a program with a high deterioration of it's creditability (which seems to be terminal).

  2. monntag17.8.07

    Switch to voipbuster. Pretty good application.

  3. Edahn19.8.07

    Frankly, I’m getting very fair value for my money.

    In fact, considering our office environment (with a number of offices across the globe), the cost savings are so fantastic, I can easily forgive the weekend crash.

    We are not paying a dime in return for thousands of $ in cost savings, and in the past two years suffered one setback, this crash.

    Good point on the P2P issue - obviously its not, and that should have been clear even before the crash (how else could you log in from any computer in the world and still get a full list of your contacts if there wasn’t a central database?)



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