when a body is voiceless, and will remain so for the rest of this week (aargh, and what shall i do at work, pray?), a skypedown is something of a tragedy.

of course i can use my notepad for communication in an eye-to-eye situation, or do some mime, but my handwriting is … mmm.. well, ppl describe it as ‘very pleasant to look at, but what does it say?’, and i am not very adept at bodylanguage.

and then, of course, i am a teacher. i have to (insert expletives of your choice here) talk. explain stuff. ask questions. all i am left with is a bunch, a collection of Those Looks. but a look does not explain why it is this grade, and not that, and what the mistakes are. and also, i have been blessed with students who are – at a very basic and essential level – mostly copycats. copykittens. if i cannot talk, they don’t. if i draw a diagram on the board right-to-left (being left-handed), they copy it without changing. thank a deity of your choice, i teach text analysis and not something dangerous.

and everyone has skype. ppl use it to communicate. send files. get stuff done. skype is so handy when you are a teacher, and you are voiceless. ghaaaaagh. microsoft, microsoft, what have you done?

on the ironic side, let’s make a list of what microsoft might be doing to achieve a skypedown,
here it goes:

  • writing a user manual for extremely dummies
  • developing and testing a service pack (and failing)
  • taking it offline to create a skype experience
  • redesigning colours and buttons
  • rewriting the code to include bugs that will require further updates
  • trying to read the code and finding it’s written in estonian, which language americans just cannot understand
  • experimenting with triangular windows for chat
  • sb just lost the ‘online’ button and left
  • refurbishing the servers to handle windows exceptions
  • the cat ate it
  • all the office ppl are trying to catch the cat who jumped out of the window
  • the skype experience turned out to be smashing, and now they need new developers
  • the dummies did not read the manual
  • someone asked the wrong question
  • etc

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