Friday, 20 November 2009

Skype vs XAMPP

I like Skype. I use it everyday. Most of the people I need to communicate with are Skype users. Skype handles chat, voice and file transfers to individuals and groups, and one-to-one video-chat, and allows you to cheaply connect to real-world telephony and SMS too. I'd have to say I am a bit of a fan.

The only annoyance I have found is that when I reboot my PC (which is not that often), Skype starts up and grabs port 80 before my XAMPP install starts. This means that my local XAMPP Apache install fails to start. In the past I've been forced to quit Skype, start Apache and then restart Skype. No big deal, but a little annoying.

Yesterday I had a closer look at Skype's Advanced Settings and found this problem can be resolved by simply unchecking the "Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections" option and restarting Skype. Simple stuff, but I though it was worth posting.

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