Skype has finished its sleuthing and is ready to report on the conditions which led to the company discovering a flaw in its P2P networking code. The culprit? It turns out that Skype’s code wasn’t prepared for a massive restart of PCs caused by the standard Windows patching process.

“The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they rebooted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update,” Skype indicated on its blog. In other words, the conditions which led to the outage began with August’s very own Patch Tuesday. The name is given to the second Tuesday of the month, which Microsoft typically uses to push out patches via Windows Update. More »

The Skype Developer Zone details how you can enable high-quality video calls with the latest version of Skype on your Mac or Windows PC.

The Mac method requires a very trivial tweak to Skype’s config.xml file and an iSight camera. The Windows tweak requires a similar edit along with a high resolution webcam and a couple of other tweaks. In the end you’ll have boosted your Skype video resolutions from a paltry 320×240 to a saucy 640×480. Getting the higher quality video on Windows isn’t as simple as the Mac tweak, but both are relatively easy to do and are fully explained in their respective posts. If you’ve got the hardware and connection speed for it, give your video call resolution a little boost More »

If you use Skype very much, then have we got a website for you, VOIP News has listed 25 tips to make your Skype experience better, and hopefully easier as well. after you get done, your Skype will be able to podcast, translate French, take conference calls from 15 people, and tutor calculus, among other things!
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