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Skype’s Back, Now With More Ads

Accoring to CentralNetworks  Skype was out of service for ~36 hours last week. Well it’s back now and we just received a tip that the newest release now contains heavy product ads. There have been small ads for a while now, but these new ads are bigger and bolder than before. It might be worth waiting to download for now. It this just the first step? Will we start to see eBay ads and others inside the Skype window? This is ultra-valuable real estate!

Here is an example:

Skype

With More Ads on

August 22, 2007 Posted by | Best mobiles, Skype, skype outage | Leave a comment

Skype Service outage who is responsible

SkypeSkype has provided the full explanation as to what happened last week when the service experienced an outage lasting over 36 hours for which they say  there was also an issue with Skype’s software but this wouldn’t have happened if MS provided bug-free software. I love Skype but am disappointed with this final update message.

. They open the explanation with:

On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update.

The high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.

Normally Skype’s peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly. Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days.

August 21, 2007 Posted by | Skype | Leave a comment

Skype Service outage who is responsible

SkypeSkype has provided the full explanation as to what happened last week when the service experienced an outage lasting over 36 hours for which they say  there was also an issue with Skype’s software but this wouldn’t have happened if MS provided bug-free software. I love Skype but am disappointed with this final update message.

. They open the explanation with:

On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update.

The high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.

Normally Skype’s peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly. Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days.

August 21, 2007 Posted by | Skype | Leave a comment

Did Microsoft Update caused problemsi Skype

The theory about Microsoft updates causing the Skype problem didn’t mean other operating systems weren’t affected, such as the Mac.

The theory was that a Microsoft update somehow changed the TCP stack or changed how the Microsoft operating system interacted with Skype. Let’s assume the vast majority of Windows users set their patch to auto-install. Then let’s assume Skype is 80-90% Windows users. That means that a lot of Windows users installed the patch last night and lots of Windows supernodes could be knocked offline.

The side effect would be that without enough Windows supernodes, Mac users would be booted as well. Though you’d think the network would be flexible enough to handle millions of Windows users knocked offline.

Again, this was just a theory. It more likely has to do with something Skype is doing on their network.

August 17, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft, Skype | 1 Comment

Skype is experiencing a major outage

Skype is experiencing a major outage. My fellow TMC co-workers noticed it late Wednesday when they couldn’t IM fellow co-workers. TMC’s Dave Rodrqiguez told me that he went home for the day, signed into Skype from home and was bombarded with a ton of Skype IM messages that didn’t go through earlier. I checked Skype’s home page but no mention there. I headed over the the Skype heartbeat page and found that that there are indeed experiencing an outage that is still happening today (Thursday). Skype claims the outage is due to a software issue. Many TMCers are upset they can’t IM their fellow coworkers and their outside clients. Amazing how dependent we’re become on Skype for our business.

Skype outage
Some users are able to connect to the Skype network but then are quickly disconnected just minutes later. According to Skype, “We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours.” This has to be the longest Skype outage ever.

August 17, 2007 Posted by | Skype | 3 Comments