VOX Rocks (Not)
Unless you’re a real masochist, I wouldn’t bother installing the latest add-on for Skype, VoxLib (Windows only, sorry). It’s a nice idea, insofaras I can understand it, but it sure messes up your system. VOX in theory allows you to make Skype (and SkypeOut) calls via any telephone. It gets complicated, and it certainly didn’t work for me — I somehow found myself in a Skype conference with someone who was speaking no language I recognised. (The website is here; a slightly better explanation of how it works is here. [Download Squad]).
But the real problem is that the software isn’t ready. It didn’t install properly, and that is usually it for me. But I thought I would persevere, and since then I’ve had a couple of blue-screens-of-death crashes. VOX doesn’t even recover gracefully: Upon reboot, I get some weird error message boxes, no icon in my system tray to indicate that VOX is actually running, no sign of VOX in my Applications list in Task Manager, but still some suspicious processes hogging the computer’s resources. Only by closing them down does my computer work properly again. My advice: wait until VOX gets its act together.
And curse companies that release software which isn’t ready.