I really miss the old versions of Skype on my Macbook running OSX Mountain Lion. While I could just download and install one of the Skype version for .DMG’s some people I talk with require the newer version of Skype to use some of the features not available in the older versions, etc. I wish Skype would stop with the Facebook integration and all the other fancy stuff and just allow me to send instant messages and make phone calls as I am not sure I have ever seen a piece of software that I once liked so much take so many steps backwards. Anyhow the issue at hand is Skype on OSX Mountain Lion using all of your computers CPU and unfortunately my resolution to the issue is to use a third party application to view Skype history.
As silly as this article is it took me a bit to find how to stop Skype from starting automatically on my Mac running OSX Lion. I have been running Skype version 4.X because the new Skype versions, specifically Skype 5.X, has really taken many steps backwards on the Mac in my opinion. I am so fed up with Skype on the Mac I am considering stopping to use Skype at all. Not only can you not stop Skype from starting automatically via the Skype Preferences window anymore but the new UI (User Interface) for Skype in Skype versions 5.X+ is horrible. Gone are the days where you could actually not have Skype engulf your entire screen or when Skype was actually useful for certain things. I definitely feel as if they stopped putting the do not start Skype on login outside of the Preferences configuration window simply to make it harder to find.
The day I got my new Macbook pro I was searching around and installing the mac versions of all my favorite software. When I got to Skype I of course, downloaded the most current version. The program installed fine but when I entered my credentials and hit connect Skype just hung there for about ten minutes and then said it was unable to connect. This was pretty unusual since Skype has always been a great program so I decided to get to the bottom of the problem so I could hopefully help the next person who has this problem.
Earlier a client with a fairly complex network setup had a power outage in one of their data centers in Dallas, TX. The power outage caused three servers and a firewall to lose power causing all sorts of other issues on the servers themselves. One of the primary issues was getting the PostgreSQL cluster back in 100% operational.
I just got around to downloading The new LTS release from Ubuntu which is 10.04. I have to admit as a long time Gentoo Linux user I am very impressed with the speed of 10.04. There are some annoying bugs but I am working on sorting those out and I will try to post some of the results. So this morning I needed to get Skype going so i decided to whip up a quick piece on installing Skype on the newest Ubuntu.