Debarshi 'Rishi' Ray
Thu Aug 10 03:14:51 IST 2006
Talking about giving out your email IDs to an unknown service... Well
Yahoo, Google, etc.. were all unknown when they first started off.
Weren't they? Yahoo! does ask for your alternate email ID. Does it
not? Now what if they start giving off the alternate ID to spammers or
some such elements? What happens then? You start victimizing all those
I have used Meebo, and I know people who still actively use it. NEVER
ONCE have they felt comromised by Meebo. Obviously that does not make
Meebo the example of honesty and purity, but it does call for some
I need to use Meebo, because I think most IM clients for GNU/Linux are
useless. Yes useless. The list includes GNU Freetalk, GAIM, Kopete,
X-Chat, Irssi, etc.. I know this sounds obnoxious but I will give you
my reasons for saying this.
I spend most of my time on the Internet behind a firewall that is very
restrictive and seems to have most of the ports (including Jabber,
IRC) blocked. But the thing is the Yahoo! messenger for WIndoze and
GTalk client for Windoze all work. They both work just like that...
out of the box. But GAIM does not, neither does Freetalk, neither does
Kopete. I know there is no magic involved (this list had once lectured
me on this... although I was never told something I did not know
before). The apparent reason is that the ports used by these clients
all seem to be blocked. But then why does the Windoze clients not get
any obstruction? Why?
Obviously the Jabber, Yahoo, MSN, etc. protocols have nothing to do
with WIndoze or GNU/Linux. But the thing is that it does NOT work on
I am not an expert on these protocols. Atleast not yet. Maybe I will
become one soon, but the fact is why cant one use GAIM to do Gtalk,
Yahoo, Jabber when on the same network people are having a gala time
using the same services on Windoze? Why??
This where Meebo comes in. If we want to popularise GNU/Linux, then it
is not a GREAT idea to tell people: "Hey this is Free Software, use
it. Its great, its secure, its cooler. But give up chatting."
For the non-wizard Meebo is the saviour. One cant explain a non-wizard
the intricacies of firewalls, ports, etc.. They (to some extent that
includes me) just need a working system.
At the end of it all, I still use GNU Freetalk and BitchX and Irssi
but I have to do it by sshing into a public shell server, but thats a
solution which cant be applied to all.
"I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep.
That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?"
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