Archive for September, 2007

MSG widget = NetVibes Jabber IM

September 12, 2007


Sure, there has been a Meebo IM module for NetVibes, and also a NetVibes EcoSystem Jabber widget, but Alex Little’s MSG-for-NetVibes provides some nice extras:

What you can see in the reduced image on the right is a typical NetVibes page, with the embeddable MSG widget along the left, showing my current contact list.

Our own MSG server happens to be built on OpenFire (you can use any Jabber/XMPP server, in fact). Within OpenFire, it is easy to turn on the standard ‘transports’, notably AIM, Yahoo, and MSN, so in my MSG widget all my other contact lists are harmoniously accessible too.

Alex is also experimenting with similar embedding in other environments, so check out the MSG blog, Alex’s blog, and stay tuned!

Oh, while you’re at it, don’t forget the OpenLearn LearningSpace environment which provides the primary home for MSG!

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Sunshine, blue sky, please go away

September 11, 2007

It is an absolutely glorious, crisp, blue-sky, sun-shiny day today, just exactly like it was six years ago…

Memories play funny tricks, but associations are, well, associations.

Hey, I’m a New Yorker. But no, I’m not permanently bitter and twisted… at least I don’t think so. I wouldn’t want others to have that satisfaction. On the other hand, let me quote something that The Temptations sang beautifully some 40 years ago. Although the context is different, the sentiment is similar on September 11th:

Sunshine, blue sky, please go away

I know to you it might sound strange,
(but) I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)

Yeah you know people, this hurt I feel inside,
Words, they, could never explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Oh let it rain, rain, rain, rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)

“I Wish It Would Rain”, released December 21, 1967, by the Temptations,
Written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, and Roger Penzabene
(credits from Wikipedia entry)

[UPDATE: some people have asked me not to wish away the glorious sunshine. Well, I adore sunshine. But those crisp clear blue skies on any September 11th? No thanks!]

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