Skype Goes Down… World + Dog Freak

If you use Skype for VoIP purposes, it is a safe bet that you weren’t using it today as the VoIP service went down. A blog post has the details:

Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call ‘supernodes’ – they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can’t find them immediately (for example, because they’re connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.

Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available. Unfortunately, today, many of them were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. As Skype relies on being able to maintain contact with supernodes, it may appear offline for some of you.

The problem with this is that Skype is very much a telco. It’s a telco used by hundreds of thousands of people to make long distance calls. For some, it’s their only way to contact loved ones. Shouldn’t they have telco like reliability?

In the meantime, new “supernodes” are being brought online that should solve the problem. Hopefully it also ensures that this doesn’t happen again.

One Response to “Skype Goes Down… World + Dog Freak”

  1. For most people, they are getting what they pay for.

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