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[qi:078] I have been getting quite a few emails from folks who are fuming over the ongoing Skype outage. The Skype team is trying its best to fix the problem, but that isn’t helping those who depend on the service. One of our readers Ariel Porath […]

[qi:078] I have been getting quite a few emails from folks who are fuming over the ongoing Skype outage. The Skype team is trying its best to fix the problem, but that isn’t helping those who depend on the service. One of our readers Ariel Porath in an email wrote, “With half of my developers in Estonia, we rely- probably a bit too much- on Skype throughout the day/every day for workflow/communications. Never expected five nines- but this outage has caused a prolonged headache.” Tell us how this blackout has impacted you. Will this make you rely less on Skype in the future?

  1. I downloaded yahoo messenger, and shared my id with my teammates, and used for the whole day.
    Someone while chatting in yahoo asked me if he can do chat conferencing in yahoo, I said yes( and said to myself, do people think skype can only do conferencing? is skype=chatmessenger).

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  2. Om,

    It hasn’t completely KO’d me. But considering I’m traveling now and have developers dispersed internationally, it’s been a real pain in the rear..that’s for sure. Considering that it’s been over 24 hours and the problem is still not resolved, I’m beginning my search for a replacement or at least a backup. I will definitely rely less on Skype in the future and will have a redundant service available at all times.

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  3. Thank god we depend on Gtalk, though I have not been able to talk to any one of my international sources for like two days, and that is making me a little uncomfortable.

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  4. The some of Joost developers on the #joost IRC channel @ freenode said it had effected the non techies @ Joost to communicate effectively and they depend on Skype heavily and use it internally of course.

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  5. I rely on Skype as a business phone in a building where my cell phone doesn’t work. So, with Skype being out, I worked at home today. Not a big deal, but an inconvenience. Just as I am writing this, it appears that Skype has come back online for me.

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  6. Janko Roettgers Friday, August 17, 2007

    I have an interview scheduled in a little bit, and I’m hooking up my MD recorder to my land line phone right now. Feels like going back to the stone age …

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  7. So it looks like the old question is still open: What is your Skype strategy?

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  8. Skype = free = no guarantees!!!

    If you use Skype or any other free service as a vital business tool you have no right whining.

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  9. Don’t use it for work yet, but had been considering it. Will definetly not switch over entirely unless I see some method of redundancy (e.g. automatic failover to copper).

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