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).
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.
As I have been going around alternately prodding my friends and family to try Linux, or asking them if they thought it would be possible, one thing I have heard repeatedly is that a lot of people use Microsoft Office and are concerned about their Office documents on Linux. I should also mention that a lot of them are very angry that Microsoft has changed the default document format in Office 2007 (again), such that it is incompatible with previous Office versions.
I recently had an exchange in this blog with Mr. Scott Durchslag, the rather new COO of Skype.
On reading a recent post in The Borderless Communicator it finally became clear to me why Skype insists on spewing the ridiculous "309 million users" claim everywhere. Anyone who has taken even a superficial look at it can immediately see that this claim is patently false, so why would they keep repeating it, and make themselves look stupid?
I have been looking at meebo, an IM chat program that is entirely browser-based (thus nothing to download and install), and in addition to its own account allows you to register your AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk and MSN accounts, so you can chat with your contacts on those services as well.
It's not all roses with Vista, of course. I had my first BSOD over the weekend, when I was turning the laptop back on after suspending it.
Skype's strategy regarding the "back door" monitor rumors is clear - and consistent with everything else they do. Don't say anything, and it will die down.
This might be wishful thinking. At the very least, it is totally subjective.
The installation of Vista SP1 completed normally on my Lifebook S6510, and it seems to be running normally for the time being. I'm not getting my hopes up too high yet, because this was basically the way it looked the last time I tried it, until it suddenly started BSOD crashing, failing to boot and such.
Microsoft says "Get the facts. Please give Vista another try".