OSX madness: Skype plugin blew up my Adium!

More often then not, the bleeding edge hurts.

If you enjoy IM (and who doesn't?) on the Mac and are not using Adium you are missing out. Adium is fast, has a friendly UI and is generally very stable.

As a frequent Skype user I find myself annoyed by the fact that it crashes incessantly and the lack of integration with my primary IM client.

Today I decided to install the Skype plugin and it somehow it made everything blow up. I could no longer start/stop Adium or Skype and had to throw both away, clear the Library and re-install.

My immediate thought (after "oh, crap") was what would have happened if I were running Windows and had installed a wonky MSN plugin? Odds are I would have had to go to some registry setting instead of just deleting the item. The average computer user has a better chance at performing an exorcist than they do of fixing Windows registry issues.

I am sure the author, who generously donated the plugin to the Adium community will fix the issue. You should throw him some PayPal for all his hard work.

About the author

Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


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