Skype 6.21.104 is consuming way too much memory

I am an avid user of Skype and have let it update itself pretty regularly. Even automatically.  However the Skype 6.21.104 update this week is consuming tons of machine memory. And it continued to grow
Skype 6.2 memory usage

So I uninstalled Skype 6.21.104 to go back to an older version.  My choice was the last Skype 5 version I could find of and ran into a new issue
Since yesterday, all versions of Skype below Skype 6.13 for Windows and Skype 6.14 for OS X are blocked and do not allow you to sign in.

There are all sorts of hacks and workarounds to get old versions to go but that was not what I needed.  I wanted to go back at least a few point releases to lower the memory usage again. So this got troublesome.  Skype has the newest version plus the very slick looking beta.  By the way the beta used even more memory as shown here
Skype beta memory usage

So I dug around for sites with the older version listed. I was lucky to find the whole list on Soft32.  I went back to and got the following memory results
Skype 6.1 memory usage

So for now I will stay on an older version of Skype, even though the new beta was much nicer looking.
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    On Thursday, October 16th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

What is the IBM Bridge to Cloud program?

IBM launched the Bridge to Cloud program to help users move easier into their IBM Connections (formerly SmartCLoud) Cloud offerings. The goal is to keep entitlements in place and move to subscriptions.
IBM Connections Cloud

  • "Bridge to Cloud" allows a customer to switch from on-premises Notes CALs to SmartCloud (now Connections Cloud) Notes subscriptions at renewal time, keeping the same entitlements whether they stay on-prem or move to IBM Connections Cloud
  • Domino server licensing remains as-in (customers transitioning to the cloud will not need to renew Domino messaging server in subsequent years)
  • Rates will auto renew at the current year price you subscribe under

So in essence you are simply signing on to a subscription model license instead of annual Software and support (S&S) and moving some users for email to their cloud.  You could also investigate this same model with partners, like Connectria, and do your apps too. Using XWorks and other models.
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    On Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

The IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes Clients

Do you still use or have users with the Lotus Notes Workspace? Then the IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes is a cool tool.
IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes

The DSKTOOL.EXE Utility essentially remediates the user's desktop icons in a recertification exercise.
What that means is that you can use the tool to rename the server that an icon points to with a simple script text file.

It is currently supported up to version 8.5.x for Notes Builds 194 and earlier.  Read the rest of the SocialBizUG article I wrote right here.
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    On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Rebranding IBM SmartCloud offerings name to IBM Connections family

IBM has announced the rebranding of IBM SmartCloud to IBM Connections. As you can see in the chart below, IBM Connections is now a platform and not a product. We were first told of this at IBM Connect 2014. Here is a quick chart with the new names plus more news.
IBM SmartCloud new names
These changes will be implemented on or after September 20.
No customer actions or changes will be required, and no URLs will change.

There will be a dual entitlement option to help you move to the IBM Connections cloud for your email.  You can maintain S&S on the specific offering you have on-premises and wish to bridge to cloud.

Chat with audio and video is coming as well as an a la carte chat offering. This will allow IBM to offer IBM Connections chat as a service.  I am sure more news will be coming shortly.

This was to take place on or after September 20, 2014 per all the emails and alerts I received.  It seems this hit the web first back on September 3 2014 by CuriousMitch. And IBM has finally announced it.
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    On Wednesday, September 24th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Toilet paper should go which way? Carl and I debate

On our recent World Cup 2014 adventure to Brazil, Carl Tyler and myself had daily car debates we recorded. Here is the one on toilet paper direction.

See our Worldcup blog for more photos and videos via the Flickr group and YouTube channel.
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    On Friday, September 19th, 2014   by Chris Miller