Instant Messaging and Chat (Deprecated)

This article has not matured well. I had been planning to write a blog, which discussed the current attempts led by Google to re-enclose the chat communities.  The landscape had changed, with Google, in the spring of 2013 shit-canning Google Reader its RSS reader, and crippling XMPP in Google Talk. I had meant to write something on the modern enclosure movement, the closest I got was my blog article, “A bad week for RSS”. My thoughts on the impact of the NSA/GCHQ monitoring scandal and personal behaviour i.e. my response in terms of chat use was posted in a article called “Stable Doors and Missing Horses…”, on my blog. The rest of this article is about how to use multi-protocol chat services. Continue reading “Instant Messaging and Chat (Deprecated)”

Google Talk

I first attempted this in August 2008. I have successfully configured Pidgin 2.0.1 to act as a client although in one case I have two channels between me and my correspondent. One of the reasons was to have a second XMPP chat service to test my problems with Pidgin and my work’s XMPP server. See Pidgin on this site, and I have written this up on my old Sun blog, at an article called google talk and pidgin, published on 10th October 2008. Continue reading “Google Talk”

Pidgin

Meta

I have been using Pidgin as a multi-protocol client for my instant messenger services since about 2008. The contents of this page originally relate to problems I was having with pidgin on a windows system. It was written in the Autumn of 2008 and both windows and pidgin have had many new releases or updates since then. I can’t imagine that it remains of much use. i.e. this page is out of date and not very useful now. I recognised on copying the page from its source that the page required amendment so in Dec 2014, I needed to document the installation of themes I moved the 2008 content to the comments section.

Themes

In 2014, as we had moved on from Windows XP, the theme management features of Pidgin became attractive to allow it to fit in more easily.

One approach is to edit the GTK preferences, document on this page,

and/or to install new bubbles and smilies from

One needs to be careful how one unpacks these, the themes need to have the correct name hierarchy, i.e. %appdata%\.purple\themes\${Theme Name}\purple\*, some installation techniques may leave one with the theme name reepated twice.

Protocol Helpers

Lync & TRM need SIPE, available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/sipe/, when installing this using the NSIS installer, this worked fine, as you’d expect since there’s little google evidence that it doesn’t.

Skype needs its own plugin