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August 20, 2007

Skype Blames MS Patch and Other Cirumstances for Outage

Skype blamed last week's two day outage on a combination of a software error in the peer-to-peer VoIP telephone service, Microsoft issuing a routine patch that caused a huge number of Skype users to reboot their machines contemporaneously.  The result of waves of machines logging onto Skype all at one time overwhelmed the servers and the rest, of course, is history.  Do Skype users really download OS patches and reboot in tandem?  It's just so...hard to believe.

More here from the New York Times.

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