Skype has supposedly installed an update to their "Community", the mangled version of their "User Forums". Although there is a long list of supposed "bug fixes" and "imiprovements", I personally don't see any difference in the web pages.
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 have to start this by saying I have no idea how any of this information compares to mobile data availability and speed anywhere else in the world. My intention here is just to relate what is happening in Switzerland, and hope that it might be indicative of other places.
When I have written previously about the Skype "Community" (formerly the Skype User Forums), I was only speculating that their objective in the reorganization was to drive Skype users away. Now there is more concrete proof of this, in the blog of their "Head of Forum Operations", who expresses satisfaction that since the reorganization there are "fewer posts and less new topics" than before.
Another good announcement from Gizmo5 this week. They have added the ability to have two-way SMS chats.
After my recent adventures with Vista, I decided to try a new direction. I've been considering trying Ubuntu on my "test" laptop, the Fujitsu-Siemens S2110 (AMD Turion 64).
The two web browsers that I use both have pre-release versions available right now. I have downloaded and installed both of them on my test system, so that I could see what is new, different or interesting in each.
I've just had a look at the Skype "Community" (revised User Forums), for the first time quite a while. I haven't been there because I can't stomach the new format; I find it to be difficult to read, difficult to follow, and generally unpleasant.
Gizmo5 (formerly The Gizmo Project) has been my preferred program for IM text chat and audio calls (including PSTN calls worldwide) for quite some time now. The chat interface is clean and easy to read, and it has an excellent history facility, so I can easily look back at something we were talking about several days or weeks ago.
As my interest is primarily in video chat / IM programs, I generally don't pay much attention to announcements of products without video. However, the announcement for "Nimbuzz" caught my eye, and sounded rather interesting, so I've downloaded it to my PC and my Nokia 6234, and given it a try.
A new release of ooVoo for Windows, 188.8.131.52, was made available yesterday.