Skype sucks

Skype does not worth all this hype around it. Except the mediocre audio quality we get most of the time, the actual application is very heavy. It requires at least 300 Mhz on PocketPCs (and it works pretty poorly) and today the Skype developers released a new Mac PPC version that lowers the resolution of outgoing video to the stampsize 160×120 resolution. Instead of sitting down their arses and optimize their beast, they cut down on features to justify their poor engineering decisions. These and other similar speed reasons is why I almost never use Skype, but I opt for the non-proprietary SIP protocol instead. Even iChat can deliver VGA h.264 video on a below-1Ghz PowerPC without problems. And don’t let me start on the spamming that’s going on every 2 minutes on the Skype network!

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memson wrote on October 23rd, 2006 at 9:06 AM PST:

One of the big problems that I can see with Skype is that the Windows client is written in Delphi. AFAIKT the Windows client gets most of the glory and most of the new features first. No idea how they manage to port the Windows version features to other platforms. Bad choice of language for a cross platform client. And this is from a Delphi programmer.

Ludovic Hirlimann wrote on October 24th, 2006 at 5:30 AM PST:

Agreed. It suck, even for chat. The Mac port is done by *one* engineer I believe.

Ricardo Ramalho wrote on October 24th, 2006 at 9:29 AM PST:

It’s slow and sluggish on *every* platform that i tried… Linux, Windows, Mac OS X (PPC or Intel) and PocketPC. Unfortunately, most of my mates mono-cultural and only know something called Windows, be it with MSN Messenger or Skype. Here in Portugal, almost no one uses alternative systems… such as SIP clients…

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