I’m changing my titling scheme back to this. At first, I thought the all words starting in caps was cool. But it got annoying. And ALL CAPS JUST MADE ME SEEM LOUD AND PRETENTIOUS.
So I’m doing it this way.
So I have an issue with chat programs hating me. The hatred that everything from MSN to AIM to Pidgin exhibits towards me is… unanticipated. If I knew software and me were such enemies, I would have happily downloaded that trojan I was e-mailed four days ago.
Then we’d see whose the boss around here, oh YES.
Years ago, I attempted to use MSN messenger for all my messaging purposes, and it consistently showed up on my desktop in suspicious clothing with various lubricants. I tried to get along with it, I really did, but it was like befriending that guy that you just KNOW has wireless cameras set up in women’s washrooms.
I mean, he’s a nice guy and all… maybe… but you never, ever want to converse with him for longer than 30 seconds, if that. And absolutely never, ever shake his hand.
Recently, having a pressing desire to chat with all my fellow bloggers in the Blog Azeroth community chat room (which I have given the unfortunate nickname “Blahzeroth chat”).
So I, in my utter foolishness involving chat programs, downloaded and installed AIM.
After having run through all these strangle… I mean, strange loopholes involving various terms of service, pages of me saying “no”, “no”, “hell no” and “what the hell? No!” and then !YAY! i iz have chat program!’
And then every time I started, or someone else started the computer, lo and behold it auto starts, flips open a window asking me to put in my cellphone information, 1 ad popup, and it opens internet explorer to the AOL homepage.
And after spending three hours perusing various menus, I discovered to my utter horror that there was no way to disable any of this. All searches online resulted in various guides to installing plug ins, and other completely unhelpful articles on how to make my CPU find out how much celebrities weigh.
I did, however, have the rather intelligent idea to uninstall every plug in and miscellaneous program that didn’t immediately identify itself with it’s serial number and purpose.
I call this method of beating a program into submission “mod stick smackdown”.
It’s modding a program in the same way you’d mod a human by tearing pieces off them one by one. And then throw the pieces into a fire. And then laugh.
Anyway, so AIM is gone. Uninstalled, deleted, recycle binned, deleted from there too, then every single file on this PC that referenced those three letters in a row, or AOL, was expunged with sulfuric acid, cute tigers, and cancer extract. It was then taken out back and fed to Soviet Grizzly Bears.
And then I performed a defrag on my drive. AIM is dead. Very dead.
This was done in light of the discover if “Pidgin”, another chat program suggested to me by a very kind soul in Blahzeroth chat who’s reaction upon hearing I used AIM was nothing less than spewed bile and vomit.
Ok, it was more like “Eww.” but I could picture the BILE. And the VOMIT.
So I installed Pidgin.
And then proceeded to watch in horror as it gradually took over my computer, within two minutes using up 48% of my total processing power to do… well, apparently go really really slow and prevent firefox from working.
So I smacked it around with the mod stick (I believe the spellchecker library was burned at the stake) and it seems to be behaving itself now.
Why the hell can’t people just use Skype like normal people? It’s so simple, and you can prank call your mom with a Darth Vader youtube clip!
So Pidgin continues to cause teeth gnashing. It disconnects me from WoW after precisely two seconds, but of course, WoW doesn’t recognize this fact for another 60 seconds.
I’ve now run the exact same length of Felwood 4 times. Guess I’m having roast pidgin for dinner.
In other news:
IM program that does AIM, but isn’t actually AIM.
Something like Pidgin, but doesn’t suck.