~Orwin/ yeah I’ve been busy…how are you?
~HuskyFox/ I’ve been busy lately with work and then after work I had other stuff to do
~RobSkunk/ been busy

I keep telling myself… Over and over…
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different
This time it’s different. Really. This time, I’ve finally found someone.

Ephemeral contact with beverages past

“There’s this really weird line in Sleepless in Seattle: ‘I heard when you can’t sleep you should drink a glass of water from the other side.’ It’s right before the boy suggests holding sugar in your mouth to cure hiccups. So uh, does acquiring a glass of water ‘from the other side’ require a seance?

Trillian chat client

I use Trillian every day, 24 hours despite some small hickups. It’s always running because it’s the most economic way to allow people to contact me on so many mediums. Here are some things I’ve noticed:

-Trillian steals focus
If you have the main window restored, Trillian will steal the focus every time the logo animates, which means that if you try to do, for esample, alt+file+save in Notepad you will get alt+file, then drop an S into your document because the file menu disapears when Trillian steals the focus..which leads me to another niggling problem:
-The logo won’t stop animating. And you can’t uncheck “animate logo” in the options. This is fabulously annoying. I mean, animating on activity might not be so bad but when I have Trillian running on monitor 2 and the logo is animating and animating AND ANIMATING… It’s distracting when I’m doing other work. …And it steals the focus just to animate, like, “Here I am! Pay attention to me!” It’s as if the option was placed in the options menu and greyed out to taunt the user with the message “I am the programmer. This item will animate constantly and there is nothing you can do about it so there.”
-Resource hog
Sure it’s doing a lot of things, but the memory usage just doesn’t stop. It sucks and sucks resources until I can’t even restore a window without an “out of memory” message and when I drag a window I get ghosts of the window all over the screen and have to wait about thirty seconds for the screen to update. This forces me to reboot, which means I have to unload, Trillian (which doesn’t release resources on unload, by the way); unload my web cam; close my MUCK client; unload any other applications running and sometimes I can get my PC to shut down without a kernel fault, but not often. When I got a Duron 850 and 128 megs of RAM I didn’t think I’d be using it all for one program.

I guess the point I’m getting at is that while there are a few ‘features’ I’d like to change, Trillian is still the best IM/Chat client out there. I’ve used them all and none of them compare. I like what I’ve got and like any good consumer, I want more.

Ah, by the way, I’ve found a couple of things that make Trillian easier to endure until the features are fixed for real. Using Windows Sniper from http://www.unhuman.com you can do the following hacks on Trillian:
-Hide the logo animation using the Hide Window feature with Actual selected (as opposed to Parent or Application)
-Hide the utterly useless My Stuff box
-Encapsulate and resize Trillian to show only the Connections box

Optimally one would be able to show or hide these items at their option (ala PHPNuke) allowing the ultimate in useability and function. But until this becomes a reallity maybe you can use Sniper to make your own work-arounds. Windows Sniper happens to be good for adjusting other programs, too.