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.
A friend Marc Elliott sent me this fantastic UI design guide called “10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To“. I particularly enjoyed the term “Lazy Registration” which is a pattern I had already planned on a for a site I’m working on.