Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Web based IM client - Meebo

So your company wont let you install an IM client like Yahoo or MSN, because of security reasons? Well, screw them. Use this web based AJAX flavored IM service called Meebo which works for all the big 4 IM providers - Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, AOL.

I've used it and was impressed. Its pretty slick and quick. Goto their homepage, enter the username/password for any or all of the IM services you use and voila you are signed in. Instantly. It opens up a new window for every conversation you are having. I presume, it might not be too difficult for them to let you open each conversation in a browser tab window. Thats exactly, what I had been asking about a few months ago - a tabbed IM client.

Its kinda trillian married to an AJAX application. Although, it doesnt let you do the fancy stuff thats built into many of the IM clients, it lets you do the basic chat and that should be more than enough.

Suppose you are on a vacation and want to quickly chat with you buddies from one of the cybercafes. This service lets you do that without the need for installing anything.

More and more services are moving to the network. WHats next Photoshop on the network?

Monday, September 12, 2005

How to escape 1-800 menu hell...

Tired of waiting and navigating through menu hell when you call the 1-800 numbers of your favorite company or service? Well, check out this site to find out a way to reach a human operator real fast.

Here are some examples from the site:

Cingular: For faster service, press the option that you are looking to close your account, You get the same ppl but an immediate answer

American Express: Hit zero, pound, three times over (ignore prompts that it's an invalid entry)

Apple: Zero three times; if virtual rep answers, say "operator"

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hanging up my boots

Its almost an year, since I wrote my first post on this blog on security. I have written mostly random stuff on various topics that I felt writing about. Most of my posts have been spontaneous. Some of them have pertained to security, some on hacking, while others on vulnerabilities and general security issues.

Lately, I havent been able to devote the time I want to write this blog. Since a past few weeks, my posts have been sporadic. I have been busy with some of the other things that I have just begun working on. One of those is Mandarin. I have started learning Mandarin.

I am grateful to you folks for regularly visiting my site for my postings. I am NOT shutting this blog down. I still receive tons of searches referrals on this blog from people searching for stuff like "crack Wifi", "how to save mms" etc. I am just setting your expectation, that I might write stuff less frequently here. I will still write an occasional post or two whenever there is something compelling enough.

Thanks to all of you for being my loyal readers. Adios. zaijian (good bye in Mandarin).

ps: I still continue to write my other blog, titled "Notes on Tech".

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