Devi 5 years ago on 06/28/12
Equipped: Lawn Gnome named "Pablo"
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.
Richard Wrinkletips 4 years ago on 07/03/12
Equipped: Toothbrush named "Finn, Jake & The Jiggler's Toothbrush Dance"
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Just because no one you talk to on it anymore doesn't mean it's outdated.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.
nategri 4 years ago on 07/05/12
Equipped: Clue Stick named "Some Sense"
Remember when Pidgin was called Gaim? ♫ Meeeeemmorrriees ♫
The only place I use a standalone multi-messenger is on my iPad. Strange days.
Matthew 4 years ago on 07/05/12
Equipped: Jar of Pickles named "Lisa's Long-Lost Birthday Pickles"
The only chat program I use regularly is Turntable.
Mark Argent 4 years ago on 07/05/12
Equipped: King of Genius-Level Retards Crown named "COME TO FUCKING EPPY"
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.
Kumba 4 years ago on 07/05/12
Equipped: Most Amazing Thing Ever!!!! named "Silmarils, gems of treelight"
Skip AIM and all the others. Pidgin rocks:
Additional plugins that enable new features or add additional chat protocols are here:
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:
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:
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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