Showing posts from September, 2008

Pidgin XMPP testing

Back to the cutting edge, custom emoticons for XMPP got merged yesterday, Yay. I have moved the xmpp-daily to the inbound bytestream branch.

IBB is a complex way of getting passed firewalls, it will help XMPP when you are behind a router or firewall that does not have UPnP. If you do not understand any of that give it a try anyway.

Ticket being tested:

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Buildbot and pidgin

I finished setting up buildbot for Pidgin. Its creating daily builds for windows and building for ubuntu (but I have yet to package it). However I also added a daily build for the xmpp custom emoticon branch, this saves me the hassle of compiling it by hand.

I plan on using Buildbot for testing builds at work. Plus testing patches which might be useful.

I would like to add the video and voice branch to test against, however the real challenge will be getting a propagated branch built.

Custom emoticons working with Jabbim

My latest build includes Malu's recent patches plus a propagation from the head branch.
Sending emoticons just go easier 

Anti-terror laws

C.S. Lewis said -"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

Pidgin with xmpp (Jabber/Gtalk) custom emoticons

The standard is still being fleshed out, but a branch of Pidgin now supports sending and receiving custom emoticons. The client at the other end also needs to support it else they will just see the shortcut.

Get it while its hot.  This is Pidgin 2.5.2devel with custom emoticons on XMPP for windows:
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Googles new chrome

Well there is a lot of buzz on the net about Googles new browser:
While I like the effort that is going into the browser I have my reservations. On the plus side they are going to fix the issues of single threaded application. It has been a pain since the first browsers that when it is working on something it cannot do anything else.

What I think might not work is use cases which most programmers in an office might not realise:
1, Disconnected use, when I just turn on my PC and the wifi is just out of range or trying to hook up what will happen to this new flashy home page?
2, Pay as you go broadband, many people are on pay as you go with just 1GB of usage cap, this browser is doing most of its smart stuff by talking a lot to Google, that is going to eat bandwidth.
3, Shared browser, at home I do not have different profiles for everybody that uses the laptop. It would be a pain. However I do not want to see my top sites mixed with my partners or my sons but Google will do that. I noti…