Erlang and Ruby Roundup: Vertebra, Scaling with Fuzed, Github

Whenever I bump into erlang (which seems to be becoming increasingly frequent) I seem to follow the same mental journey. First I look at the advantages, then admire the quality of the applications, then I get mired in trying to get my head around the syntax. Eventually I back off and decide to just run …

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Skype: The ultimate collaboration tool?

Skype seems to be gently emphasising its messaging abilities at the moment as it squares up against the might of Google’s inter-operable XMPP/Jabber-based system. A recent addition to Skype’s portfolio is persistent public “chat rooms”. Apart from the same stuff that chat rooms have long been used for, the wide adoption of Skype in corporate …

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More fun with XMPP

I have recently taken it upon myself to evaluate using XMPP (Jabber) as a messaging transport and collaboration protocol for distributed computing. This has been in the back of my mind for a while, but it was the realisation that my account at Dreamhost includes a publicly-visible Jabber server which prompted me into action. As …

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Running Windows Pidgin From a USB Drive (Portable Mode)

I have just spent an hour or so evaluating a selection of XMPP (Jabber) clients, including Pidgin, Miranda, Trillian and Pandion. After some playing I have settled on Pidgin for the moment. It is a multi-protocol client which supports a whole range of services. I currently have it set up for AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, …

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