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Funny thing with meebo.com and ICQ

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libervisco's picture
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Going through some Web 2.0 list of sites I found meebo.com which allows you to connect to some major IM networks through their site, using their desktop-like "AJAX" interface. I connected to ICQ and all worked OK, except that I am not used to it and it doesn't have sound for when new message is recieved.

So I quit that and tried to connect with gaim, and failed. I tried multiple times and failed again. The first time I tried was when I was still connected through meebo.com. I thought that I can just take over the connection with gaim (as I was able to previous from some other programs).

I tried after I disconnected from meebo.com, and even closed the site, but up until today I still can't connect to ICQ. I even reconnected and now I'm thinking of rebooting my computer.

The only thing that currently comes to mind as a reason I still can't connect is that meebo.com didn't disconnect me properly, that is, it still holds my account on ICQ servers captive disallowing any other client to connect back.. In that case I really am not sure what to do. The only way left to connect to ICQ now is through meebo.com itself. Laughing out loud

Any ideas?

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Force meebo to reboot by

Force meebo to reboot by DDOSing them? Just kidding.

You have just found one of the disadvantages of software that's running on a computer you don't own: it's out of your control.

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Hehe that's interesting...

Hehe that's interesting... This example makes me formulate an opinion about so called "thin client" computing (where your computer is a thin client to fat clients running all software): it sucks! Laughing out loud

I'd better have my own copy of gaim, my own office, my own whatever..

I suppose I should just wait till the session expires or something or use something to force their client to disconnect and mine to take over.

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Thin client computing is

Thin client computing is useful for places where the user shouldn't have full control, such as internet cafes or (just imagine!) ATM machines.

It is also useful to have a few low-powered thin clients in your house, all connected to a server you own.

In the end, every networked thing has the same type of disadvantages. But webmail is worse than normal mail, especially when that normal mail is delivered to a server you own and not to a server of your ISP.

In short: things that can break easily should be under your control so you can fix them, things that don't easily break can be elsewhere on the net.

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As it turns out I was wrong.

As it turns out I was wrong. In the gaim preferences the network setting were set to an HTTP proxy, which apparently doesn't work. So it isn't meebo's fault. *blushes*

Oh well, the above said still stands. If it was that they truly did mess up in such a way I wouldn't have much to do...I simply don't have control over that software.

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laugh

tbuitenh wrote:

Force meebo to reboot by DDOSing them? Just kidding. You have just found one of the disadvantages of software that's running on a computer you don't own: it's out of your control.

I had to laugh when I read this creative comment. Just thought you should know.

 

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