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  • 9 years ago

    Trillian Astra for Web Now Here

    Cerulean Studios is celebrating the 9th birthday of their multi-network instant messenger Trillian, and giving all of us a present. They have opened up their web-based version of Trillian Astra for beta testing. Unlike their Trillian Astra desktop client for Windows, the web version will also work on other operating systems, include Linux and Mac OS X.

    Trillian for Web-1

    This new beta is open to anyone with a Trillian Astra account (which you can get for free), however they plan to make the web version a premium service when it is officially launched. No word on what the cost might be.

    If you already use Trillian Astra, the web version will look very familiar, using the beautiful Cordonata skin.Trillian Astra for the web uses Flash to give you a smooth, application-like feel.On top of this, all of your contacts, groups and other settings are synchronized with your desktop client.

    This really is a Beta

    Trillian for Web

    As noted when signing in, this is very much a beta, and shouldn’t be relied on as your primary instant messaging program. In fact, I was able to login earlier today, but minutes later and without warning, the access was closed with the message “The web client is temporarily unavailable while we finalize it for beta access. It will re-appear at this spot when we’re ready to accept testers!” UPDATE: Access is open again.

    Feature List

    • Single sign-on capable
    • Messaging across Astra, WLM, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, MySpaceIM, Jabber, Google Talk
    • Typing notifications
    • Smooth vector-based emoticons
    • Buzz support
    • Set status message
    • Offline contacts folder
    • Update browser tabs/taskbar with message alerts
    • Profile integration
    • Color themes
    • Email notifications
    • Suspend / resume sessions
    • MetaContacts and groups
    • Set and view user avatars
    • Change displayname
    • Mutable sounds
    • Add and remove contacts
    • Contact authorizations
    • Generic ?system tray? notification framework
    • Basic mail alerts; click alert to open web mail in browser
    • Basic keyboard controls

    For more details, read the announcement on the Cerulean Studios blog.

    Happy Birthday, Trillian!

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  • 9 years ago

    50 Ways to use Skype at School

    skype-logo-110x110Skype is a terrific, free program for voice chat (and text or video chat, for that matter). I’ve used Skype to stay in touch with my son as he travels overseas in the Navy (Skype-to-Skype calls are free!) and to stay connected with my granddaughter on the other side of the country. has come up with 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom. Their list has helpful advice for teachers, parents and students. If you are an educator, be sure to check it out.

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  • 9 years ago

    Twitter Your Flickr Photos

    twitter-your-flickrTwitter began as a simple way to post 140 character text messages for others to follow. But the Twitterverse was not content. So sprung a whole new lexicon of @ symbols and hash marks meaningful to only the Twitterati. It wasn’t long before people found ways to share their photos via Twitter, using third-party services like TwitPic and yfrog. These services are great, but for the millions of Flickr users, it was a pain to post some photos one place, and another if they wanted to share on Twitter. Or to have to grab the URL and shorten. It turned into a chore.

    Today, Flickr announced that now you can tweet your Flickr photos!

    There are two ways to share your Flickr photos on Twitter. For existing photos in Flickr, you first need to “Add a blog page,” authorizing Flickr to post to your Twitter account. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a “Blog this” button on your photo page, and you can send to Twitter from there.

    If you want to upload to Flickr and post to Twitter at the same time, you can do that too! You still need to “Add a blog page” (you only need to do this once), then you’ll be given a special email address. When you email a photo to that “2twitter” email address, it will both post into your Flickr account, and send a link in a Tweet for your followers. The subject line of your email will double as the title of your photo in Flickr, and the message that accompanies the URL in your tweet.

    Twitter _ Home

    Sweet tweets!

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  • 9 years ago

    Become a BigBlueBall Fan on Facebook

    I want to extend a personal thank you to all the Facebook users who joined our BigBlueBall Fan page. We quickly passed 100 fans, allowing us to register our own BigBlueBall Facebook URL:

    Facebook | BigBlueBall

    If you are a Facebook user and haven’t joined our fan page, please stop by and click the “Become a Fan” button at the top of the page. Then leave a comment on our wall and introduce yourself!

    By the way, not long ago we added the ability for you to sign in to comment via Facebook, both here in our news section as well as in the BigBlueBall forums. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

    If you have your own company or web site, did you know you can setup your own fan page? It allows you to separate your personal page from your company or web site. Once your page reaches 100 fans you can register your own Facebook URL, just like BigBlueBall.

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  • 9 years ago

    Twitter Revamps Follow Views

    twitter-birdTwitter today quietly rolled out a rather nice update to the Following and Followers pages. Now instead of a simple list of who you are following (or who is following you), you have a number of actions you can take, including toggling SMS notifications, unfollow, block and direct message.

    You’ll also see their most recent tweet, making it a nice way to see their latest activity at a glance.

    Twitter _ People jeffhester is following

    TIP: You can see a similar view with actions and latest tweets for other users, and follow them as well.

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  • 9 years ago

    Vista + SP2 = WLM FAIL!

    wlm-logo-260x260As I originally posted on back on June 1st, there is the distinct possibility Vista users who install Service Pack 2 will experience a problem with Windows Live Messenger (WLM) no longer launching. Since Service Pack 2 is set to start rolling out via automatic updates on June 30th, I thought it might be a good idea to repost this information again.

    Problem: After installing SP2 for Vista, there is the possibility WLM will not launch. Clicking on the WLM desktop icon produces no result. No error. No hourglass. No running process in Task Manager. Nothing. Not even an error that the shortcut points to a program that is no longer valid. Nothing.

    I ran into this myself when I updated to SP2 for Vista. It affects both 32-bit and 64-bit Vista systems. It apparently occurs when WLM detects the upgrade to the operating system and attempts an automatic repair but uses the incorrect installer package to do so. This should NOT be a reason for you to avoid installing SP2 for Vista. Service Packs include important security and operating system updates, and the WLM issue is easy enough to fix.

    The natural thing to want to do is un-install and re-install. DO NOT! If you uninstall first, you will be prevented from doing the fix. Likewise, do not attempt a repair of WLM either.

    Solution: Head over to Live Messenger Download site and re-install right over top of the the existing installation. I did not get any warning that WLM was already installed on my system, and it installed flawlessly in just a couple of minutes.

    The problem was officially acknowledged on June 16th in the WLM Support Space blog. Their fix and instructions are basically the same as the ones outlined in my original information.

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  • 9 years ago

    Messenger Plus! Live 4.82

    A new version of your Messenger add-on is now available on this very web site. Version 4.82will probably be one of the last of the 4th generation of Messenger Plus! as work on version 5 will officially begin during summer. For that reason, a complete health check-up in Windows 7 has been performed in today’s release. Some things have been fixed, some other thingshave been by improved. One example of that in the tighter integration of Tabbed Chats with the new Aero preview thumbnails.

    Tabbed Chats thumbnail in Windows 7

    As usual, you can read about every improvements and bug fixes in the change log. You can also give your thanks to the translators and the beta testers who help make sure Messenger Plus! keeps being reliable and dependable, every step of the way. Among the improvements, because so many users now enjoy skins and scripts of all kinds, the Import/Export feature of Messenger Plus! now back-ups your entire scripts and skins settings. One less worry for you to have next time you format your computer or you want to bring your set of personal settings with you.

    And finally, if you saw nothing else in the change log that motivates you to upgrade, consider this: this release integrates everything that will be needed for the Messenger Plus! 2009 Contest which will begin next week! More about that will be said soon, but those of you who’ve been using the software for some time will probably recognize the little golden icon in their contact list and the meaning of it… you’ll just have to be patient for one more week until the contest and its prizes are revealed :-).

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  • 9 years ago

    Rick Astley Dead? No But MSN Web Messenger Is - Today Is/Was June ... - Digital City

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  • 9 years ago

    MSN Web Messenger Bids Adieu - News Locale

    MSN Web Messenger Bids Adieu
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    TUESDAY, June 30, (News Locale) - The MSN Web messenger will bid adieu to users on June 30 as software behemoth Microsoft plans a complete revamp of its ...

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  • 9 years ago

    Microsoft retires MSN Web Messenger -

    Microsoft retires MSN Web Messenger
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  • 9 years ago

    MSN web messenger to end on 30 June -

    MSN web messenger to end on 30 June
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  • 9 years ago

    MSN Web Messenger is shut off on June 30 - PC Games Hardware

    MSN Web Messenger is shut off on June 30
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  • 9 years ago

    MSN Web Messenger to retire on June 30 - BreakingNewsOnline.

    MSN Web Messenger to retire on June 30
    Bangalore: Microsoft has finally decided to do away with the MSN Web Messenger. The Official Windows Live Team Blog has announced that the old version of ...

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  • 9 years ago

    MSN Web Messenger Dying -

    MSN Web Messenger Dying
    Say your last good-byes to the MSN Web messenger, as June 30, 2009 will be the last day of its existence. Worry not (Web messenger fans) - instead, ...

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  • 9 years ago

    MSN web messenger retires this month - Times of India

    MSN web messenger retires this month
    Times of India
    BANGALORE: It's goodbye time for Microsoft's MSN Web messenger. The IT giant Microsoft recently said that its popular messenger platform MSN would retire ...

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