Skype and Homeseer


Senior Member
I just have to put my 2 cents in here....(cause it would just get deleted on HS)

You gotta be crazy to put Skype and it's file sharing ways on your computer! Not to mention that it is a bloated white elephant. It is non standard, non compliant, and total hype. Even the companies employees are reluctant to use their companies software for fear of infection. (KAZAA)

If you are going to get into VOIP, for gosh sakes, do it with a standards compliant client!


Jim... Please don't take this as an attack on you personally. I am envious of your programming ability, and would love to convince you to go a different way! Go SIP, go compliance with the rest of the world. Interoperability and standards are the way to go... NOT Skype.. If I can help you with software, or help from xten, I'd be glad to do what I can.
While I can understand the fear of Skype, the current company which owns Kazaa is not responsible for Skype, it was written by the original Kazaa programmers (back in the days when it was clean software). From what I understand, they also have a great business plan, and already support pocket pc's and such. I don't use any VoIP, so I am sure I got some of the facts wrong, but the future does look promising for that company based on what I have read so far.

Is Skype really that bad (besides it not being standards compliant)? Don't shoot me, I am just trying to learn as much as I can :blink:
I don't see a way to use a "real" phone number with Skype. It seems to be aimed at Skype-to-Skype phone calls or Skype-to-PSTN (regular phones), but not for incoming calls.
I just read the PDF, I am not impressed. It doesn't say anything bad really (compared with other software packages out there), and phrases like the example below just don't make sense:
When the Skype application is first installed, the SkypeSetup.exe executable make
seven very rapid changes to the Registry-entry
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\RNG\Seed which could indicate a key
generation phase.

"very rapid" changes? I did not know you could control the speed of registry modifications.

The bahavior of this application is normal for a P2P environment, and it looks like they worked hard on securing everything (i.e. they use AES, and not 3DES).

I still agree with you that it isn't the best solution out there, but that PDF didn't say anything I didn't know already, and all I knew was that Skype was based on a P2P network.