Mac Skype Connection Issue

This past week, I encountered Skype connection issues on two different Apple computers.  The first was on a university owned MacBook and the second was on my new personal iMac.  When I tried logging in, Skype would sit at the “Signing in…” screen for 3-5 minutes before rejecting my login, saying something about a connection error.  After doing some research online, I found that others are having the same problem.

Luckily, we found a solution.

The problem seems to affect new installations of Skype.  In other words, if your Mac does not currently have Skype and you install the latest version, this issue may affect you.  The following steps should correct the bug:

  1. Completely uninstall Skype by removing the following files/folders:
    1. /Applications/Skype.app
    2. ~/Library/Application Support/Skype
    3. ~/Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype.plist
  2. Install Skype version 2.7.0.330
  3. Open Skype and log in
  4. After a successful connection, update Skype to the latest version:
    1. Click “Skype” on the menu bar at the top of your screen
    2. Select “Check for update”
    3. Run the update and relaunch Skype
  5. You should now have a working, up-to-date version of Skype

Skype has address the issue on their blog (located here) and says that it has been fixed.  That is not the case in some instances, as the problem affected me after the “fix” was released.

New Google Docs

I don’t know how we missed this update, but on April 15th, Google debuted an updated Google Docs editor with real-time collaboration!  One of the biggest issues people have had with Google Docs is that it takes a little while for the edits to show up on the collaborators’ screens.  Not anymore!  It now updates in real-time, similar to Google Wave.

Check out Google’s blog for more information and instructions on how to enable this and other new features: A rebuilt, more real time Google documents

Google Buzz

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Google Wave Explained in 2 Minutes

Have you heard about the latest and greatest thing from Google, Google Wave?  Many people have but don’t really understand what it does.  The demonstration videos are rather lengthy, so I decided to post this unofficial YouTube video some fans created.  It’s a brief explanation of what Google Wave is and why you will want to use it (presented in a rather funny way).

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drop.io

drop.io is an excellent tool for online collaboration.  As stated on their website, you can “use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.”

The user can create a custom name or have one generated automatically.  Once the “drop” has been created, other users can be invited to join.  If multiple people are viewing the drop at the same time, they can communicate in the chat room and view all changes in real time.

Feel free to play around with the test drop I created here: http://drop.io/oickxws

Update: The upcoming Google Wave seems like a similar concept.  I’ve signed up to be enrolled in the beta.  If I get accepted, I’ll be sure to post about it here.