Skype 5 strikes again

It’s been thoroughly documented that Mac Skype 5 is an utter piece of junk, but it just keeps getting ‘better’!

Today it informed me that there had been a minor update to the current beta release (5.4).

Skype update notification

Being wary of what Skype considers an ‘upgrade’, I clicked the ‘what’s new’ button that it offered to see the changes. This took me to a page all about Skype 5.3, with no hint or link of any release notes. A bit of googling for the new version number led me to some release notes. I thought this sounded fair enough, so clicked ‘update’. It downloaded the new version like this:

Skype downloading

but then presented me with this:

Skype install fail

That’s a very strange error. It’s telling me that it accidentally downloaded the wrong version, and didn’t check that it was the right one, it just assumed it was. Doesn’t bode well for security. On top of that the reason it can’t install is because it’s not fat enough?? Are they trying to suggest that code bloat is mandatory? Clicking ‘Manual update’ took me to the Skype 5.3 page again. Sigh.

To their credit, this IS a beta version, but given that only bug fix mentioned for the last 2 months work on this release is “Skypenames ending with period do not work properly”, I’m not holding my breath for a stable release.

Skype used to be a beautiful (well…), elegant, Mac-like app. It’s now a pig in a dress. With lipstick.

Skype sourceforge project released

Skype finally updated their Mac client to support web presence status, so I could finally do some tests, fix some minor niggles, and do a proper release of my Skype PHP classes.
They also updated their developer docs, saying they had fixed all the errors, but its just not true! Nearly all the errors I reported are still there, so they took the doc down again ;^) Apparently they are considering my proposal for some fixed status IDs in order to facilitate automated testing of presence API clients.

Skype SourceForge project up

I’ve finally got my Skype SourceForge project up and running. I sorted out SF’s subversion setup too, and I’ve stuck some PHP classes in the respository – needs rounding out before a file release though.

Installing MediaWiki on SourceForge’s project web area was a little uncomfortable, so I submitted a patch to them to make that kind of thing easier.