Nyaa-hyaa-hyaa! You thought this was about ME, didn’t you?
My Dad has been using his Macbook 10.8.5 for Skype (6.15(335)) calls perfectly happily until yesterday, when one of two things happened:
1 He ballsed up his sign-in and figured Skype was busted.
2 Skype no longer works with his OS no matter what version of Skye it’s loaded with.
Anyway, he’s an impatient sod and immediately downloaded the latest version of Skype which I have told him many times is incompatible with his machine (that banging sound you’re hearing is my head against the desk), in the process losing his old version.
I’ve found links for downloading the old version he trashed, and earlier versions supposedly compatible with his OS., emailed them to him. No use me downloading the app because it would see what machine I was on and download the latest version again.
We have had very limited success with that app that allows remote operation of his Mac, and I am absolutely sure it would be beyond him now.
As I said, he’s an impatient sod and it’s all I can do to stop him clicking the one-click button at Amazon and seeing a grand disappear from his slender bank account. He already has TWO old macbooks gathering dust because of similar approaches to updates.
I can’t see him updating the operating system. Not an option. He peers at the screen through a kind of welder’s mask with Mad Scientist lenses. It would be difficult for him to get across town to do business with the monobrowed Mac Genius and ask him to do it. Not impossible, but I can see him raising all kinds of objections.
What can be done? He relies on our daily Skype calls to give me rolling news on his sandwich du jour and the new doctor up the clinic.
I have a cheap PC in mind, dedicated to Skype. I have no idea which model, or if it comes with Skype installed or what. I know Skpe can be run on a smartphone, but Dad doesn’t have one, and the learning curve (and the billing) would drive us both nuts, and me to an early grave.
Any help gratefully received. Really.