Are Skype’s Problems Architectural?

Skype has had its share of bad news lately, with a malware attack following close on the heels of a massive outage. Current events raise questions about Skype's technology that won't — and shouldn't — go away. One is the perennial architecture question: proprietary (Skype) vs. open (SIP). Recently I asked SIP application company Counterpath's CTO Jason Fischl to talk about it. Fischl was also the architect of TelTel's SIP-based VoIP system. "When you're trying to design a system … [Read more...]

Linksys SPA962 Product Review

Linksys SPA962

At-a-Glance Product Name: Linksys SPA962 Spec Sheet: Linksys SPA962 Data Sheet Estimated Price: $320.00 (USD) Pros: Bright and bold color display; six independently configurable lines; easy to install; superb remote provisioning functionality. Cons: Speaker phone needs work; web-based configuration pages look dated and could be more informative. … [Read more...]

CommBytes 9/10/07

Today Fonality debuted the $999 trixbox® Pro Asterisk-in-a-box appliance for SMBs. The new offering will let resellers install customers systems faster by eliminating the need to install software on a separate server, according to Fonality CEO Chris Lyman.  FierceVoIP has a matched set of interviews with ooma founder Andrew Frame and PhoneGnome founder David Beckmeyer, contrasting the two devices. I say feature, you say drawback… Last week Vyke launched a re-engineered … [Read more...]

Worming Skype

Poor Skype. As if the outage a few weeks ago wasn't enough, a Windows worm called Pykspa.d is catching a ride on Skype IM, according to this report in PC World. … [Read more...]