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A Trillian Parachutes: IM and IRC

(I do believe this is the first "bitchy" mood entry I've used - the land of Balrog Cuttings is going through a "biatch" phase and so I'm going with the flow. :-))

To cut back on the time I spend idling in Internet Relay Chats, I uninstalled mIRC on both my notebook computers today. Wouldn't you know it, Trillian Pro has a fantastic IRC tool, with good color support, reconfigurable windows, and down-to-the-second logging (though I'm not sure whether this is such a blessing :-)).

In any case, if you like chat and want a great IM tool with a smallish footprint that handles many protocols (including AOL and Yahoo! instant messengers, ICQ, MSN - and now Jabber, it is said), get Trillian. Trillian Pro v2 is one of the best $25 shareware registrations (even better than PenguiNet v2 and LiveJournal, IMHO; I registered the former and will eventually register LJ, too).

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Banazîr

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andrewwyld
Sep. 26th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
That's the most positive bitchy post I've ever read.

I've so far declined to install it because it seems to change your font to something bizarre and my friend mirabehn seems to have problems with AIM, but it might be a sensible move.
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 02:50 pm (UTC)
Bitchin'!
It's quite worth it, IMHO - it gives you a unified interface (including emoticons), and the plugins do everything from reading USENET news to biffing your mobile phone when you get an IM (great way to run up those minutes during the day, but I suppose it could be handy on weekends when you are out and about and have wireless e-mail or a pager but no 802.11b-based IM).

I'm sure you know what I'm wibbling aboat, but evilnick can fedinately transtate in naz case. :-)

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Banazir
andrewwyld
Sep. 26th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
That's handy -- although I have a mobile phone, I can't get MSN to send standard SMS messages to it, only email-format ones.

Bleh.
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC)
That's handy -- although I have a mobile phone, I can't get MSN to send standard SMS messages to it, only email-format ones.

Bleh.


I'm not sure I'm poisonally ready for the age of BAN (body-area networks - that is a real U.S. defense acronym!)... Bluetooth biffing of my cell phone when I get an MSN IM, my calendar alerts from my PocketPC vibrating it, my e-mail biff making my PocketPC go "bling-bling"... wot's next, ringing digicams and miniDV camcorders? Auugh!

"No rest for the Wicket", I guess. Oh, wlel. Yub yub! Ee chub aye see kyu!

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Banazir
andrewwyld
Sep. 26th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
In the glorious age of e-cooking, yes.

Particularly e-stir-fry.
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)
E-takeout
E-toast?

I guess the appropriate sentiment here is
Bha, e-toast me!

:-)

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Banazir
andrewwyld
Sep. 26th, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
I was particularly thinking of the kind of pan suitable for making an e-stir-fry.  As you say, no rest for the Wicket ....
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 08:05 pm (UTC)
eWok?
Or C(yber)PAN?

Actually, a guo[2] (Mandarin guo, Cantonese wok) is a pot or a pan.

Is Mandarin : Cantonese :: Quenya : Sindarin? ;-D

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Banazir
(who does taht make Thingol?)
andrewwyld
Sep. 29th, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think Mandarin and Cantonese use the same basic character set (with roughly same meanings) but a different pronunciation for the characters, so in that sense, probably not ....
banazir
Sep. 29th, 2003 06:17 pm (UTC)
I think Mandarin and Cantonese use the same basic character set (with roughly same meanings)
Oh, exactly the same meanings. Cantonese is a dialect, but with very different pronunciation and transliteration.

but a different pronunciation for the characters, so in that sense, probably not ....
Well, the grammar is the same, and we're comparing pictograms (hanzi) to alphabetic characters (tengwar) nazwaz, so I guess it's a moot point. But I meant in terms of origins/divergence.

This brings up a more interesting question about Cho-Sen and the Duke of Zhou (IIRC) that I'll raise later...

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Banazir
crypthanatopsis
Sep. 26th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
I've never been able to get trillian to work on either of my computers. From what I remember, it seems to work once I've installed it and configured everything and it starts automatically, but if I ever shut it down (say, if my computer crashes or something), I can never bring it back up. I think I'd have to reinstall it every time I booted.

Anyway, the only IM client all the people I know (about eight or so) use is AIM, so I don't have problems sticking with just that, despite its nonexistent feature set.

banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC)
I've never been able to get trillian to work on either of my computers. From what I remember, it seems to work once I've installed it and configured everything and it starts automatically, but if I ever shut it down (say, if my computer crashes or something), I can never bring it back up. I think I'd have to reinstall it every time I booted.
Odd! I've never had that problem, even with v0.74 (the free one). I borrowed a friend's registration to try out v1.0 for a month and it worked quite well with rare crashes (fewer than MSIE). v2.0 seems to be about equally stable. Of course, if it were Linux, it wouldn't crash atoll...

Anyway, the only IM client all the people I know (about eight or so) use is AIM, so I don't have problems sticking with just that, despite its nonexistent feature set.
Well, in MSN (which I've used since 2001) I have 30+ contacts, and in ICQ (which I've used since 1998), I have over 50, so YMMV. Let me know if you try GAIM.

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Sep. 26th, 2003 02:29 pm (UTC)
Will try!
Thanks for the tip - Meneldil lalso recommended Trillian as substitute for ICQ to me some time ago.

Cheers,
Mia the CLASSY bitch
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Will try!
Thanks for the tip - Meneldil lalso recommended Trillian as substitute for ICQ to me some time ago.

Indeed! 1.0 patchlevel d is the current stable version of v1. I rather like v2. Let me know if you encounter any idiosyncrasies or need help setting up!

BwahaHA, another TEUNC convert...

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Banazir the MEAN bitch
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