Archive for the ‘Skype’ Category

October

09

by Kaj Kandler

This morning I was greated by this CHat message on my Skype.

WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
=============================

ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected
malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows Win98
Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair
utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !
Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.http://www.XXXXXXXXX.org/?q=yyyyyy

I did replace the website and parameter so no one does click accidently on it.

The website linked is registered to a guy in Moscow. I did block this sender from any further communication, off course. I have gotten request to connect from harmless teenagers in China or Rumania before and simply declined. This is a new quality as it goes beyond a request to connect and might catch the unsuspecting user off guard.

Sad that a nother good service is vulnerable to Spam. I guess it is a function of popularity. Beware of any communication that comes from someone you don’t know.

August

17

by Kaj Kandler

I’m a heavy user of Skype the VOIP telephony service, and it has trouble for the last 24 hours to allow users to sign on.

This made me realize how much I depend on Skype. I chat most days with my agent about work progress on Plan-B for OpenOffice.org and next tasks. I do most of my phone calls that are not local with SkypeOut and I chat almost every weekend with friends and family on Skype.

And I notices how little information the Skype Heartbeat blog is letting on. All they are saying is that they have problems with logon and that they are recovering now. I wished Skype was an open source project. In that case we’d know what the issues really were and how it worked and could help to bring back a vital service to our lives. this really disappoints me, that the company is so secretive about what is wrong and how one could help. Is it a system overload, a software error that can be remedied with an update? What is going on? What is EBay, the corporate mother of Skype doing?

June

22

by Kaj Kandler

This morning I participated to my very first skypecast. Skyepcast is a new feature of Skype the VOIP company recently bought by EBay. A skypecast allows to give of live talk over the Internet, using VOIP. It also offers the possibility for listeners to to participate in a conversation.

I was a mere participant of a skypecast by PitoSalas about “BlogBridge:Library“. Pito faired quite well considering the glitches this beta product still has. I found out about the event through an announecment on Pito’s blog. I followed the link to a page on Skype’s website, where the basics of the event where listed.

When it was time to join the skypecast I clicked on a button on that page and my Skype was started. I got a bit confused, when the application asked me if I wanted to connect to an +99….. number via SkypeOut. I was not sure if this was a way to run up a hefty bill with Skype, but I figured my balance on SkypeOut was a mere few dollars and I could risk these.

A new window opened and in a few minutes half a dozen people had gathered. However, the host was still missing so we did not hear each other. Once Pito had logged on, we were all connected in a voice conference. This lead to lots of audio feedback and a very noisy environment. Thankfully, Pito as presenter was able to mute all microphones of the participants and so we could actually hear what he had to say.

Pito talked about their new product BlogBridge:Library (more…) and guided us through a demo on their website. Using voice broadcasting only, pito had to talk us through his demo. Adding Skype Instant Messaging (IM) capabilities helped to facilitate questions to the presenter. However, we didn’t manage to all be part of one IM session, so that the burden fell on the presenter to read many windows and post his link into all of them. I imagine this will become unmanageable when the number of participants exceeds 10 or 20.

A few minutes into the skypecast an new participant joined and rather loudly commented on what Pito was presenting. I guess she didn’t realize that we all could hear her. It appeared that the new participant came in at the default setting “open mike”, which was not intended by the presenter at this point in time. I guess this is a bug in the skypecast software.

In my experience, skypecast has to iron out some kinks in its beta version and give some better instructions and training how to use this new product. As medium skypecasting is quite limited compared to full fledged web-conferences, for example from BostonConferencing.com.