The top of the news from last week was once again that Skype is taking something away from their users. Last week it was Taiwan and Asia calling plans; this week Skypecasts - one-to-many user broadcasts on Skype - are being discontinued, as of today.
Jamie's Mostly Linux Stuff
Various thoughts and adventures, including but not limited to Linux, assorted bits of hardware new and old, and occasionally Windows XP/Vista/7.
I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.
I've just made a somewhat brief test of Foresight Linux. I find it to be an interesting contradiction.
I have just tried out another new Adobe Flash-based video IM program, SnapYap. Like other such flash-based programs, there is no separate program or client to download and install on your computer.
With American Airlines having started offering Aircell's in-flight internet access, and several other airlines due to introducing soon, articles on using VoIP in flight now abound. Practically every one reads like this: "Making a VoIP call in flight is a BAD, BAD thing, and here's how to do it....
As a result of my QuickCam Software write-up, I've had a couple of exchanges with the Guru from the Logitech User Forum, and one of the Logitech software engineers. I would like to make a couple of things clear...
Lots of interesting news at the end of last week:- Jan Geirnaert reports in his Skype Watch blog that Skype has abruptly cut off fixed-price SkypeOut offers for Taiwan (originally reported by Digittimes). This reminds me a lot of the London SkypeIn number fiasco; Skype just does whatever they want, with no regard or consideration for their customers.
Logitech has made QuickCam Software version 11.8 available.
A new Debian GNU/Linux Update was released a few weeks ago - well, actually one and a half new updates, to be precise. I just got around to giving it a try, and I'm pleased and impressed.
I've been dealing recently with the rather messy situation involving device driver updates for Windows. The problem is this.
I have a few contacts with whom I still chat on Skype, so I still start it from time to time. Yesterday I started it in the morning, and then got distracted and forgot to stop it when the person I was looking for was not around (at least according to Skype's totally unreliable presence reporting).