I have never used ayttm myself, but I know Philip S. Tellis, its primary author quite well. It appears that the project is in a great need of active developers as Philip is quite busy with his work and others are I guess absconding. For those who don't know what ayttm is, it's a multi-protocol and cross platform messaging client, a bit like GAIM. ayttm is quite novel in its own right as it seems to support Yahoo! Messenger webcams, though I haven't tested it myself. There are a few nagging issues wrt ayttm at the moment like the GUI is still using GTk+ 1.x while the whole world has moved to GTk+ 2.6.x upwards. So I thought it was worthwhile to check it out and see if I could help in some way. I checked out the source from the CVS repo and tried building it. And I hit a bug straightaway. There was this small bug which would cause an error when compiled with gcc 4.x. So I whipped up a small patch to fix it and submitted it to the list. And no, it was not a one-liner (it was a two-liner ;)). I just checked that the patch was committed by Philip. Cool! I guess I have to devote some time hacking ayttm after my freakin' exams are over. And yes, if you are a C programmer, and want to contribute to Free Software, ayytm needs you. Join the lists today!
A first look at ayttm Fri, 25 Nov 2005 19:35:08 +0000
Yet another great idea from Google Thu, 24 Nov 2005 09:11:00 +0000
On the flip side though, it can give rise to a lot of prank calls made by people to various companies. I hope Google has a way to circumvent this.
UPDATE: It got Slashdotted!
Yay! I have a new blog! The earlier blog I was writing got busted owing to a crappy host, and since I don't yet have the money to buy my own hosting, I had been looking for a free blog hosting service for quite sometime. I know I could have used Blogger or LiveJournal, but I never really liked their blogging softwares. WordPress was & still is my most favourite blogging software, and I am really happy that wordpress.com is offering this amazing service for free. What's more, it seems they are using some really cool version of WP here with AJAX and all, so it rocks big time!
Wait for more!