List of IM Programs

I remember a time that IM (Instant messaging) programs were scarce. That’s right, it was hard to find a decent program for communication. The top dogs were ICQ, AIM, and MSN Messenger and they all sucked back then compared to the features available today.

Communication

I use Skype and Google Talk on a daily basis. For me, this covers every base I need, but then there’s times that people need to communicate with me and they only use a particular medium. In those cases I only use Aim or MSN Messenger.

Anyway, here’s a huge list of Instant Messenging programs that list all kinds, from desktop to web-based to network im programs.

Skype for Linux 1.4 Released!

Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha has been released. This doesn’t mean it’s ready for prime time just yet, there are some issues that still need to be worked out, but it’s a complete rewrite and a step towards a much more stable version for linux.
Video and SMS functionality is still not ready for this release, but there is a new file transfer window. You can read what the requirements and current issues for Skype 1.4 alpha here.

We’re again close to our mother nature birth cycle – nine months between 1.2 and 1.3 and seven months between 1.3 and 1.4. But this early born is an Alpha version, so we will take our two months to make it a real cute baby.

Good news is that they’re expecting release cycles to release every few weeks until they reach Gold. They’ve also put together a bugtracker for this linux alpha version where you can report bugs or keep track of them.
Skype
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Vonage gets cut off – Judge says no new customers!

Vonage gets the squeeze put on this past Friday as a judge orders them to stop signing up new customers until this patent thing with Verizon gets sorted out!
I’ve used Vonage for the past couple of years and carry 2 lines with them. It would be a damn shame for Verizon to shut down Vonage because of this. I’m hoping Vonage gets out of this before it’s too late for them, it could be the end of the line.

The order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Claude Hilton is less severe than the punishment he initially proposed — a blanket injunction that might have disrupted phone service for all 2.2 million of Vonage’s existing customers.

Read about Vonage getting barred from signing up new customers