One of the things that has to be considered in production environments, especially when you are responsible for secure communications in your office environment, is the use of IM. IM can improve productivity, but has to be managed carefully. Using your own IM server can seen daunting, so this article in arstechnica, help to dispel some of the fear in setting up your own, internal IM server.
David Shenk has written a number of books, including Data Smog (which is the first book of his that I read, in graduate school) , and a great history of the Grateful Dead. I value and respect his opinion, and find this piece just as interesting as anything else he has written.
OK, I have finally had enough. While skype has some great uses, group chat being one of them, the limitation with history has pushed me to the point where I will no longer use the chat feature anymore.
I didn't want to upgrade to the new version, but an unfortunate computer crash forced me to reinstall. Not only do I hate the new interface, but as in the past, chat history is lost. I can't stand it. Add to that the fact that history is mostly unavailable between computers, and the chat feature becomes painfully limited.