Gaim 2.0.0 is out as Pidgin

May 6th, 2007 by Quatrux

At last, after the name change I talked about earlier, the 2.0.0 version of this great IM Client is out, to tell the truth, a lot didn’t change if for some time you were using the beta version, but the change log is quite amazing, especially after 1.5 version.. They changed their site layout and content and if you had Gaim installed, Pidgin will ask for a new directory to be installed, but don’t worry, all your settings will be used again, you won’t need to reconfigure everything again. ;)

http://www.pidgin.im

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Gaim renamed to Pidgin!

April 13th, 2007 by Quatrux

Even though this is quite old news, only Today I found time to post about it, the popular open source multi-protocol instant messaging client Gaim was renamed to Pidgin and now can be found on a new address: http://www.pidgin.im and im doesn’t stand for Instant Messenger, in fact it is a country address/code, the same is with .tv and .cc and .fm even though the .fm usually looks something like a radio for use, .tv something associated with TV :D Anyway, the Gaim in the beginning were called GTK+ AOL Instant Messenger, at that time there were no AIM, but AOL didn’t like it, so they just called it Gaim and everything was fine, but recently, AOL didn’t like Gaim as it is similar to AIM and the name is still a short version of GTK+ AOL IM = GAIM, so after all those trademark stuff and lawsuits, Gaim was officially renamed to Pidgin, a word which really won’t bring any lawsuit.. And it was announced that the version 2.0.0 of this software will come soon, so Pidgin/Gaim will be really much better in my opinion, I quite got used to the new name after a week :D Remember when people disliked the names Phoenix, Firebird, Firefox, Mozilla, but now everyone is used to Firefox, so I think the name change won’t really affect the great IM client.. :P

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Gaim is working Again

February 1st, 2007 by Quatrux

Well, the Windows version of Gaim 1.x for me didn’t work very well, a lot of problems with connecting to different messengers like MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, AIM/ICQ and of course IRC.. I thought that my passwords were wrong or something or accounts expired, but when I tried other messengers like Miranda or Trillian, everything worked, but they really sucked, I didn’t like the User Interface and available options, so I dumped them and didn’t sit online on those Messengers at all except IRC using compiled XChat from source code on Windows and also spent my time on Skype and some Web portals.. I also tried the official MSN and AIM, Yahoo messengers, but they sucked even more, I don’t understand how people can use those at all!!!! Now after Gaim 2.x Beta6 was released I can sit online again and I am really happy to use Gaim again.. As I understand, soon Gaim 2 will be final.. ;)

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Privoxy

January 26th, 2006 by Quatrux

I use privoxy for a long time and I really feel happy about it, I don’t see the banner ads, the popups, bad sites are blocked and what is the best it is fully configurable and can do various things..

Privoxy is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for protecting privacy, modifying web page content, managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a very flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. Privoxy has application for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.

It is very easy to install it and use it, just download the latest stable release and install it somewhere on your hdd, it has an easy to use installer for windows and furthermore it is available on OS’es like Linux, Mac, Amiga…

You wonder how to use it ? well just make your browsers to use proxy, usually you can make it http proxy: 127.0.0.1:8118 and same for https, but if you were using a proxy before, you can edit your privoxy configuration to forward to another proxy while using it, also if you do it I recommend to make the proxy not work for address’s you do not need, for example .us . the dot means no forwarding, well the configuration file is fully explained, so it is easy to understand also on their site it has a fully written FAQ and Documentation.

Download and Read about Privoxy ;)

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Gimp

December 15th, 2005 by Quatrux

Well, Gimp is really great, currently it is my main software to create simple graphics, it can do a lot and what is best that it is free, i use it on windows and on linux, though I have my first experience with it on linux, I never liked photoshop, because I needed to buy it and that is why I never got into graphics, but after using Gimp I got interested and with time manipulating images I just found it interesting and got the knowledge how graphics are created, though I don’t know a lot about graphics, due to I am a programmer.

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

here is the link to the official website: Gimp dot org

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Gaim

December 6th, 2005 by Quatrux

Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.

Gaim supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, typing notification, and MSN window closing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.

So one Program which is totally free can be replaced by many Programs you use, I found it really easy and comfortable to use, it just is in your system tray and you’re online, you set up the accounts and configure it how you want. Nevertheless, it has some bugs, but I never really met anything serious or which crashed my system, it lacks some of the protocols features, but as matter of fact those are not needed to much, you even can sit on IRC, want to download it ? go on it is open source software, read more about it on the sourceforge.

Gaim Site

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