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LeeChan 22 months ago on 06/27/12
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I just downloaded AIM for my new computer. How do you people use this thing? I haven't been on AIM in years and this is completely foreign to me. Is there like, old people AIM somewhere?
 
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Ak 22 months ago on 06/27/12
aim is kinda outdated. Many users are on gchat or fb messenger, especially since it's integrated into most smartphones from the past few years.

Actually i'm about to get rid of my aim account entirely. There are maybe 5 people I talk to on it, everyone else is on some form of google account.
 
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chaosmonkey 22 months ago on 06/27/12
I use GTalk and FB chat exclusively. If I'm home they're up in the background, even if not in active use.
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Devi 22 months ago on 06/28/12
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I still use aim! I only use gchat or fb messenger if someone catches me there by accident. Otherwise I don't stay on either site long enough really.
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Richard Wrinkletips 22 months ago on 07/03/12
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Ak said:
aim is kinda outdated.

No it isn't; there's absolutely nothing wrong with the AIM protocol.
Just because no one you talk to on it anymore doesn't mean it's outdated. There are apps for AIM on phones too.

I use Pidgin and am always on AIM, MSN, Gchat, and Facebook IM through that.
Also IRC, but that gets its own client.
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nategri 21 months ago on 07/05/12
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Skewdles said:

I use Pidgin and am always on AIM, MSN, Gchat, and Faceboo...


Remember when Pidgin was called Gaim? ♫ Meeeeemmorrriees ♫

The only place I use a standalone multi-messenger is on my iPad. Strange days.
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Matthew 21 months ago on 07/05/12
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The only chat program I use regularly is Turntable.
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Mark Argent 21 months ago on 07/05/12
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lisnork said:
I just downloaded AIM for my new computer. How do you people use this thing? I haven't been on AIM in years and this is completely foreign to me. Is there like, old people AIM somewhere?


www.aim.com/legacydownloads

the new AIM client was such an unmitigated disaster that the entire AIM team was fired a week after release and there are no immediate plans to continue developing it or a replacement.
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Kumba 21 months ago on 07/05/12
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eppythatcher said:
www.aim.com/legacydownloads

the new AIM client was such an unmitigated disaster that the entire AIM team was fired a week after release and there are no immediate plans to continue developing it or a replacement.


Skip AIM and all the others. Pidgin rocks:
http://www.pidgin.im

Additional plugins that enable new features or add additional chat protocols are here:
http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/ThirdPartyPlugins

Note that some of the extra chat protocols (like the Steam plugin w/o background Steam in the background) require a copy of "libjson-glib-1.0.dll", which can be tricky to hunt down:
http://code.google.com/p/flist-pidgin/downloads/list

Just drop it into the root of the Pidgin install, and then you can follow the remaining instructions for any other chat protocols that you want to add.

Another "gotcha" that isn't readily fixable is if you want Ctrl+Enter to send a message instead of just pressing return (the inverse is default). Pidgin devs state that because of how they added Unicode/language support, they can't easily provide an override for that, but I don't buy it.

Just create a ".gtkrc-2.0" file in %USERPROFILE% (tricky on Windows, because it normally doesn't allow periods as the first character in a filename, so create in Notepad) and add this snippet of code:
binding "my-bindings"
{
# enter inserts a newline
bind "Return" { "insert-at-cursor" ("\n") }

# ctrl-enter sends message
bind "<ctrl>Return" { "message_send" () }
}

widget "*pidgin_conv_entry" binding "my-bindings"



The only quirks I have with it right now is:

1. Slow memory leak -- consumes 300MB after ~3 weeks of running. I have a perfmon log documenting this, so I'll be nagging the developers about it soon. Still present in 2.10.4.

2. It stores ALL saved passwords in plaintext in %APPDATA%\.purple\accounts.xml, and the developers provide a half-convincing, if somewhat cop-out excuse for not even doing basic encryption (along the lines of "Well, if your computer is compromised, you have bigger things to worry about").

Other than that, this'll probably be the default IM I'll use until something better comes along. And prior to Pidgin, I was a diehard AIM 5.5.x w. DeadAIM user until AOL banned that version off of their server. That, and I wanted SSL-encrypted chats, too.

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