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The mascot has a name: Penny!
And I was wrong about the 4 weeks old part…she'll be approximately seven weeks old this Friday.
LOL – well at least he means well!
Has anyone checked out Messenger Backup? It's supposed to automatically create a backup of your friend lists and more, not only for MSN but also ICQ, Yahoo and AIM.
Great tip! Thanks 0Cool!!!
OK, I took the bait and downloaded Magi, but was very disappointed. Chaspleen, do you work for Endeaver or something? Because your view is definately slanted.
First of all, a visit to the Endeavor web site was an exercise in patience. It was not clear where I could find Magi to download. I had to hunt for it.
Ok, I make it over that hurdle and began the installation. One of the dialog boxes in the setup program has a blatant typographic error! Didn't do much to instill confidence in the product. It felt very amateurish.
But the icing on the cake came when I tried to run the program. I double-clicked the Magi icon in anticipation of God-knows-what… my monitor flickered once… and my computer restarted!
I'm not running on a lame PC either. It's a 400 Mhz P2 with 128 MB RAM running Windows ME (which is supposed to meet the requirements for Magi).
Now I'm pissed off that I wasted time wandering around their web site, downloading an app that serves no purpose other than to automatically reboot my pc. Stable? Hah!!!!!!
One final note: This thread was meant to cover Groove. If you want to discuss Magi, you're welcome to, but let's start a new topic for that.
When you first install this new version, file sharing is OFF by default. If you enable it, you'll see the following CYA message from ICQ:Quote:quote:Please note that as in any remote access program, by activating the Shared Files feature and allowing third parties remote access to certain files on your computer, you increase the risk that someone will tamper with your computer. Furthermore, note that by activating the Shared Files feature, you enable third parties to view your IP address.
ICQ only allows access to files you put in their special “shared file folder.” The key is not to put in something you don't want others to get to! Here is what ICQ says:Quote:quote:
The Shared Files feature lets you share files from a specified folder with your friends.
1. Save any file you would like to share in this folder (shortcut to: C:PROGRAM FILESICQShared Files)
2. Activate the Shared Files Service by clicking “Services” menu –> “Shared Files”. This will allow users to browse and download your files.
3. You can access your friends Shared Folder by either right-clicking the Folder icon next to their name on your Contact List, or open a specific User's Menu –> File –> Browse and Get Files.
Can someone who ISN'T on your contact list access your shared files? This would bug me. I've enabled it, if anyone not on my ICQ contact list would care to try! All I ask is that you post the results back here.
Frag Bin Laden??
Hey Jeff, your spelling has taken a dive recently.
Well, it is still a four-letter word starting with “F”!
Groove Networks has announced that Groove will work closely with Windows Messenger for XP. Currently Groove uses its own proprietary IM solution, and they hope this move will help them gain a foothold in the corporate market by leveraging a technology that millions are already familar with and using (MSN Messenger).
Here's the full article from the Associated Press.
Looks like the $$ Microsoft threw at Groove Networks is yielding dividends for someone. Groove does do some cool stuff, and it would be great if it were integrated with MSN Messenger.
I'd like to see the new Alerts tab used for notification of Groove activity!
For anyone who is interested, I've created a shared Groove space. If you want to check it out, download Groove (it's FREE), and reply here. I'll send you an invite to join the shared space.
Niche? this P2P app's niche is B2B.
A great addition to Microshaft cos its typical fatware, at 14 MB its already 10MB too fat.
Bill will love it.
Groove isn't positioned as a competitor to AIM, Yahoo Messenger or other instant messaging products. It does allow chat, but much more. It is focused on the business market, but it has been used for much more. Ray Ozzie (Groove's founder) said his son used it to create a workspace for his Quake buddies.
Groove has the online awareness and chat features of IM, but adds voice, file sharing, discussion forums, co-browsing, calendar features and more.
Is it bloatware? Maybe, maybe not. If you're looking at it simply as a messenger, yes. If you're looking at is as an easy way to setup a shared workspace for collaboration, then I'd say it's pretty efficient.
I loaded it once when it first came out, but haven't looked at it in a long time. I do know that Microsoft recently invested $50 million in Groove.
Obviously Ozzie and the folks at Groove are doing something interesting. Sounds like it's time for me to take another look.
Have you used it? What is it's “niche?”
I'll do the same. I wasn't able to get it to work on my Win2K machine, so I've installed it on my Windows ME box. When I tried to run it just now, I got a message saying there was an update available, so apparently the product hasn't been fully cooked yet.
You raised a very good point about using this technology to allow the blind to “hear” their buddies chat with them. I wonder if they (famous3d) have thought about that or looked at that?
Yeah, it's a little wierd, but fun. They claim that you'll be able to create your own “face” at some point, so conceivably your friends could see “you” talking to them.
I think we're more likely to see video chat take off as broadband access proliferates (as in Yahoo! Messenger). Maybe the IMpersona will be more popular when the speech technology improves and the “heads” look more realistic. Then you could IMpersonate someone. (Is that a good thing?) Of course, people do that now in the text world… pretend to be someone (or something) they are not.
So have you blown it away already?
BigBlueBall.comQuote:quote: NO, not in this case.
I'm not sure I agree. All the article really says is that it didn't specifically mention the WTC. Obviously there's something suspicious about it or the FBI wouldn't be investigating.
I'm curious to know what WAS said.
If you have kids, or know someone who does, what do you tell them about the events of September 11th?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers advice on how to talk to your kids about what happend: http://www.fema.gov/nwz01/nwz01_99.htm
FEMA also has a web site for kids that teaches them what to do in case of a disaster (natural or otherwise): http://www.fema.gov/kids/
LOL – Here's my $0.02 worth…
The company has the right to monitor my net use. It is, after all, their resource (computer and Internet access) and they may be liable should I do something illegal.
I agree with rhiannon that net usage should be monitored to check on whether an employee is “goofing off.” The real issue is this: is the employee being productive? Are they performing as expected? If so, how does the occasional chat with a buddy differ from the idle chat over a cup of coffee? (hint: it doesn't!!!).
In other words, as long as you produce, you should be allowed some freedom in how you use the web.
Of course, there are still some companies or managers that like to measure productivity by all the wrong things…so your mileage may vary.