Skype four years and 196 Million registered users later

I was searching the net for skype rip-off today as to me 15,9 pence per minute to call an Austrian mobile is rather heavy. Anyway this blog is getting far to critical and far to negative so instead of complaining about high call prices I thought I would share the article I found from the 12th of September 2003 Author: Ben Charny CNET as it is very interesting to go back in time 🙂

Sept. 2003: Kazaa founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom target the telecom’s with a new service called Skype.

They’ve launched Skype, which they claim is the first Internet phone service to use peer-to-peer software. In just its first week of availability, 60,000 people downloaded the free Skype software. Other voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, such as Vonage or Free World Dialup (FWD), needed several months to attract the same level of interest.

Just as they shook up the music industry by creating Kazaa, the pair now wants to rattle the cages of traditional telephone companies. In an interview with CNET, Friis discussed the coming challenges for VoIP, what Skype actually means (nothing, as it turns out) and a possible regulatory backlash against VoIP providers, among other issues…. (…) read more here – it is interesting…

What was interesting to me was to see that Vonage was founded before!!! Skype – did not know this one.

PS: See also my post economic facts about skype.

PPS: You want even more about Skypes history?

Read here why Skype became a success.

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Austria’s Wealthiest Man Dies


London –

Friedrich Karl Flick, the billionaire head of the Flick family, a German industrial and political dynasty, has died at the age of 79. He was Austria’s richest man.
He died late Thursday at his home on Lake Woerther (Wörthersee) in Carinthia, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing his investment manager, Joerg-Andreas Lohr. …more with a zeero instead of the o

Homosexuality is declared not a crime in the state of New South Wales, Australia…

…yes we are traveling back in to the year of 1984. Reading the year it seems that it´s not that long ago…. But the world is turning faster and faster… some facts on Homosexuality in 2006:

..via Wikipedia: In some cultures homosexuality it is still considered unnatural and has been outlawed (see sodomy law, victimless crime). In some Muslim nations (such as Iran) it remains a capital crime.

the author of this blog is not homosexual even though some times people think he might be

….also in 1984:

June 22Virgin Atlantic makes its inaugural flight.

….also in 1984:

September 26 – The United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China sign the initial agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997