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Join the XMPP world

There are a lot of servers that you can install and join the XMPP world. There is an up-to-date server list at the Jabber Foundation website. My current recomendation goes to Jive Messenger. Very easy to setup and to manage. Also, for a turn-key solution for your company, your should look at Jabber Now.

Things to discover about Google Talk

This is the current list of things to discover about the usage of XMPP in Google Talk. What is the signaling protocol that they are using? They are using TLS so it’s not just a matter of sniffing the packets, but it should be available somewhere real soon now :); How are they advertising the Voice capabilities of each clients? This is another big one to deal with interoperable clients.

Google Talks, bullshit walks

Ok, it’s out for real. First things first: question 15 of their FAQ, first paragraph, last sentence: We can say this, though: we believe strongly in user choice and open standards, and we are committed to letting users access Google Talk using the client and platform of their choice, as well as to enabling our users to talk with users from other service providers. Emphasis mine. The entire point is clearly stated in question 16 though: we are in business to open up IM networks.

Check out MacDevCenter article on Xgrid by Drew McCormack. Xgrid is nothing terrible new, for those who where into distributed systems in collage. I was into them, and it was my favorite subject, the one I got the best grades. What make me click about this one is the fact that for the first time that I remember, a full distributed computing platform is being distributed with a mainstream operation system.

Google Talk is live

Google Talk service is now live although you still get a 404 at the site. I was able to connect with Adium using Jabber as the account type, and my gmail login. Some notes: this is NOT jabber, it’s XMPP: Google Talk requires TLS for connection at port 5222; Server-to-server is not yet operational, don’t know if it will: SRV DNS records are still MIA; Port 5223 is open and Psi with SSL can connect.

The future is here

If you don’t have the time to keep up with all that going on in the perl6 world, you can get a taste of the language now. Rafael Garcia Suarez has written a IRC bot named Shakti.

Pastafarians are welcome here

This Wikipedia article is brilliant. A positively must read, and don’t forget to read also the votes. Via Rui

Trac + darcs = I'm in heaven

In the last couple of months, I’ve stumbled across Trac for several times. It seemed very nice, extremely well integrated, but it would only support Subversion as his SCM system, and as you may have read, I’m more a darcs kind-of-a-guy. So I never payed much attention to it. I did jump when Justus Pendleton announced a patch to add support for darcs some months back, but I’ve read somewhere (can’t seem to find the post now) that this patch only supported a older version of Trac.

Do you feel lucky, punk?

People are wonderful, they really are. The lengths they go to workaround some “problem” they have is just wonderful. Look at the various ways to workaround the Microsoft warning about unsigned drivers. Some other articles about this problem where published by Raymond Chen, one of the best blogs I follow. Recommended. Just wonderful. Technorati Tags: drivers, microsoft

20 cms is not enough anymore

Update: this post was based on a IM talk with Pedro, and I understood that the entire cable was 20cm. Apparently is 20cm over the length of an Apple Keyboard. And in that case, I really don’t see any problem with it. I do not agree, however, that an extension cable is a solution for this. I don’t care how much it costs. It’s just not “right”. It seems that Pedro is no longer happy with 20cm, it’s not enough.