Friday, July 30, 2004

Skype 1.0 impressions

So I donwloaded Skype yesterday, since it has been hyped so much (sorry for the rhyme). The IM client and PC to PC "dialing" works well, but Skype Out has so far been a total bust. Can't make a connection due to various internal errors.

I think the most interesting part of the whole app is the P2P backbone, after reading about it, it sounds very similar to an idea that occurred to me after the big power blackout last fall: A wireless P2P cell-phone network, where bandwidth increases with additional users as opposed to grinding to a halt like it did then. Unfortunately a friend at AT&T informs me present-day technology can't support it due to the power demands placed on each node in the network

As for now, it looks like even wired P2P voice networks are having problems...


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