December 08, 2013:
Just an update of sorts on my issues with Skype. Not too much has changed, I'm still on a hiatus break from Skype for an indefinite period of time, but I think I may have a better idea of what is happening now.
This issue has actually been effecting quite a few people as I soon found out in the Skype boards. It's caused by some kind of bug associated with versions 6.10 and 6.11 that is making people's PCs to lag and lock up from an extreme overuse of CPU by signing into Skype. While Skype has always been a high user of CPU which I don't doubt, there's posts of CPU usage going up as high as 90-100%. While I am a bit relieved that I am not the only one having this such issue, this problem has actually been going on for about a full month now; the issue later for me, and despite the very vocal complaints about this the tech staff still have yet to properly address this.
People are citing the default browser settings to be one of the apparent causes, and that users are affected when their Skype to set to Chrome as its default browser setting. This is utterly ridiculous though. And the problem is not with the browser, it's been working regularly for me since it got over its issues back in September (which even then was not making Skype bug out then), the problem lies in the IM program itself. People are suggesting that people switch their default browser to another one, such as IE, as this doesn't seem to cause the high processing. But I don't like this. I shouldn't be forced to switch over to it, nor be forced to feel like I have to download another browser, just to get around this problem that still hasn't been addressed in four weeks. And even then, switching browsers is not a guaranteed temporary fix. Other people are saying this is related to the new ads that Skype are putting/going to put in the conversation windows, if I'm reading that right. That... I also do not like.
I'm still very reluctant to sign into Skype when I know that the issue is probably still there. The program lags horribly to the point where I cannot do anything but exit. Other remedies have also been suggested, but not every one of them have worked for everyone, and that makes me only more frustrated over this.
I can't switch to another IM program though. Everyone I know uses Skype, and I also need it to be able to carry out certain tasks with my group. Switching isn't really an option for me, and my only hope is that this issue is addressed soon with an actual fix so that I can carry on using it without the program essentially being rendered useless.
This entire thing has become a pathetic mess, and I am very disappointed.
But moving on from my rant, the next Nuzlocke page should be coming soon. I really should ought bring my updates a little more quicker, especially as the next chapter is within a few more pages. Bare in mind, I'm still in the middle of working on other things, namely on my group NPCs. Not saying they're a bad thing, but they do also take me awhile.