Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Skype crash explanation continues! Microsoft is not to blame!

Just when you thought you can walk away from Villu Arak, he comes back with more explanations like this;

4. Has the bug been fixed? Should Skype users worry about future Microsoft Update patches and reboots?


If you were to casually glance at this, what do you think Villu answered YES to. Yes I thought so too. This is just after explaining that the previous explanation was not correctly heard!
"Yesterday, we posted an explanation of what happened to Skype on August 16. Some reactions to the explanation, however, have reminded us of one of the basic tenets of communication: It’s not what you say. It’s what they hear. We’d therefore like to clear a few misunderstandings that emerged in yesterday’s reactions to our explanation of what transpired last week."

Anyway the for the question 4, Villu answered yes to the first part. Had he made it in to two questions, it would have been clearer and I would not have a chance to make fun of the post. (Nothing personal Villu!). I know I am not an English Scholar either when it comes to writing, but then again I am not a spoksperson for a major coporation that users in every continent knows about and use. I write this blog and others because I want to. There is no one demanding or requesting that I do it. I still strive to make it better but I continue to make mistakes, but lesser and lesser.

Skype users could be rest assured that it will continue to operate. Microsoft has responded to repeated inquiries on Monday into its role in the outage, stressing that it had nothing to do with it."In a nutshell, there was nothing different or unusual about this month's patch release," said Christopher Budd, a security programme manager at Microsoft."The issue was a bug in the Skype software and not related to Tuesday's [Microsoft] updates."

Skype uses a peer-to-peer infrastructure that connects users without the interference of a central server, meaning that some users are attributed the role of a 'supernode' that allows the network to function.

Although Skype suffers from a high volume of sign-ons every month, August was struck by what Villu said was a "perfect storm"."Our software's peer-to-peer network management algorithm was not tuned to take into account a combination of high load and supernode rebooting," he explained.

So learning from last week's drama it is better to have something to fall back to in case many people at once decide not to be a supernode!(see the comment as well)


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