Previous Articles »
« Recent Articles


The technology that will change the world
Google Talk

Google Talk Supports vCard Avatars

Friday, March 31, 2006 by darco

I just noticed yesterday that Google Talk now seems to support vCard avatars! Apparently, they support pretty much nothing else about vcard-temp... but hey, at least I no longer have to keep explaining to my friends why their avatars don't work with their gmail accounts. :)

Just a reminder to everyone: I'll be dropping my accounts on AIM, MSN, ICQ, and YIM on May 19th of this year, and switching entirely to Jabber. So grab yourself a gmail account if you don't already have a jabber account!

eMail via XMPP

Thursday, March 30, 2006 by darco

The idea of using XMPP as a transport for email (possibly a replacement to SMTP) is not new, but so far I haven't really seen anything come from the idle speculation. And, more importantly, that's not what this post is about anyway. At least not yet.

I'm considering writing an eMail jabber component that would allow you to check, view, read, reply, and write email. The first step to doing that is to write an XMPP protocol for email. Think about all of the features of IMAP, with the ability to receive real-time updates and send mail. There are many benefits to doing this:

Read the rest of this entry »

Pandion Whiteboard

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 by darco

I'm in the process of writing a whiteboard plug-in for Pandion. If you use Pandion, you can give the current version a try by downloading it here.

Just trying to make Jabber more featureful. :)

Goodbye Legacy IM

Monday, February 27, 2006 by darco


As I have mentioned before, I believe Jabber/XMPP will be one of the most influential technologies on human communication since the introduction of standard email1. I've been thinking lately about ways to encourage my friends to make the switch to Jabber, and I've come up with my solution.

As of my birthday this year (May 19th), I'll no longer be using AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, or MSN. The only way you will be able to contact me via IM will be via my jabber id, darco@deepdarc.com2. So if you want to chat with me after this time, you'll need to at least give Jabber a try.

1: As of 2009-07-13, I no longer feel strongly enough about XMPP to use this expression.
2: I will still however be available on IRC.
Read the rest of this entry »

Google Talk Federates!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 by darco

It would appear that Google Talk has has not only begun testing Server-to-Server communication with the domain, but also enabled S2S communication for! This should be the major turning point for Jabber adoption. It's time to take over the world. :D

UPDATE: Official Announcement | Official Discussion Forum

Read the rest of this entry »

ejabberd 1.0.0 Fully XMPP Compliant

Thursday, December 22, 2005 by darco

ejabberd 1.0.0—dubbed "the XMPP compliancy release"—has hit the streets, and I'm seriously considering migrating from jabberd2.

Read the rest of this entry »

Google Talk and AIM

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 by darco

Peter Saint-Andre pointed me to an interesting article about how one of the results of this recent deal between Google and AOL will result in Google Talk users being able to IM with AIM users and vice versa.

Read the rest of this entry »

iChat Jabber Tips

Static Page

iChat This page just includes various tips I have found for using iChat's new ability to use Jabber servers. If you have any more tips, feel free to add them as comments!

NOTE: This page is now largely obsolete. It remains for historical purposes only.

Read the rest of this entry »
Previous Articles »
« Recent Articles