Jeremy from the Skylook team gave me a free license to test and review their latest release - Skylook 1.5 - and unfortunately I can't really say too many good things:
First of all, call recording straight to mp3 sucks up what is left of CPU resources when a Skype call is going on. As we all know, Skype is quite resource hungry when making calls compared to SIP based VoIP clients (presumably because of their proprietary sound/encryption/transport algorithms), and Skylook brings CPU usage to 100% every time a call is recorded. Not only that, even with that CPU usage at 100% on my fairly recent top of the line business laptop, the call recording was poor and people I called using SkypeOut reported choppy sound.
When completely idle, Outlook with Skylook caused my CPU curve to look like this:
No idea what it does (and so often) but deleting it from my system and restarting Outlook doesn't solve the problem: despite confirming deletion in Tools -> Customize -> Toolbars, the Skylook bar is back next time I start Outlook. A Hugh/Gapingvoid cartoon comes to mind (can't find it on Hugh's site any more, but there is a mirror of it here).
*goes looking for a hammer*
Anders Jacobsen |
[weblog / photography]