October 2, 2006

IMing – Miranda, Gtalk (Google Talk), Skype and Festoon

Filed under: internet, reviews, software, tech — bardicknowledge @ 10:15 am

Who’s afarid of kicking out their old IM software and replacing it with something new and exciting? To tell you the truth almost everyone. After a while people begin to come attached to their software, particularly the software they use to communicate. This stems from the need for people to have a sense of security and fimilarance(I think I made that word up :P) around a piece of software.

I on the other hand have no qualms taking my first IM software, MSN, and throwing it out of my life. The bloated, smiley ridden piece of garbage. Instead I have opted to use a smaller, smiley free, several protocol piece called Miranda. This allows me to talk on msn, google, irc, icq, aim and a few others.

I am also using Gtalk recently. I am on a campaign to switch as many people from my contact lists to Gtalk for two reasons. One, I want to see if I can be responsible for a mass immgration of software in an area. And two, it is a really good program that I think people should embrace.

I also have Skype, which I use for making calls to friends. But I have recently found, (this morning actually) a program called Festoon. It looks very promising. It allows you to make video/audio calls with Skype or Gtalk. And now the standard down and dirty calls all IM allow you to make, but supposedly higher quailty calls. I have no proof, but I will post my findings later this afternoon.



  1. Festoon is pretty sweet man. My friends and I use it all the time (well not so much anymore, we’re just too busy!)

    Here’s a screenshot of us on Festoon!

    Also – does Miranda allow video conferencing? When not using Skype, sometimes my friends and I use MSN to video chat… But what a memory hog.

    I’ll have to check out MIranda.

    Comment by Brandon — October 2, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

  2. I agree Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is bloatware now. Which is why I still prefer to use th eold Windows Messenger client. I use the MSN network because all of my friends are on it or on Yahoo. Enterprises are now happy to use public IM services like Yahoo or IM (BP where I just finished allows access to both for business use and personal use) and I think enterprises are likely to have a much bigger impact on migration of users.

    Comment by Mosh — October 4, 2006 @ 7:57 am

  3. That is truely unforunate that enterprises may control the flow of people between IM clients. Often times the biggest name wins, even if it isn’t the best. But I am excited to hear that it is becoming that much more popular the business’s are now using them as a form of inner office communication.
    If you are using more than one protocal check out miranda or trillian. miranda is my persoanl favorite because it is so simple. no crap, no smilelys, no nudges lol. Just simple chatting like IRC used to be.

    Comment by bardicknowledge — October 4, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

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