suggested reads for July 20th, 2015


secure instant messaging

Which app could you not live without?

I love and rely on many of the apps I mentioned above. I’ve saved one to mention here, though: Threema. I love how easy it is to use and how secure it is for messaging. When traveling in places that aren’t as safe as others, it’s important to have this means of communication with my wife and organization. Because encryption is end-to-end and keys aren’t stored centrally, it really minimizes the risk of snooping and allows for open conversation. Add to that the self-destruct tagged onto the passcode failure and you’ve got a communication platform in which you can be confident. I’m constantly trying to convert iOS/Android/Windows Phone friends to Threema.

Brandon Jones’ Mac and iPhone setup

My swiss colleague Andreas is the only person I know in real life that uses Threema, alongside with his own swiss parents. I was also curious to use it, but since there’s no-one using it, there’s no point in spending money for it. And Telegram + Whatsapp will do (for the moment)…

Skype boycotts old version of it’s clients

As we look ahead to the future, we‘re focusing our efforts on bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype. As a result, we are going to retire older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (6.13 and below) as well as Skype for Mac (6.14 and below) over the next few months.

→ Making Way for the Next Generation of Skype on Desktop

Hard times awaits me… since I’m still using version 2.8.something of their client on my Macs!

The Social Conglomerate

A nice article by Ben Thompson on his stratēchery website: THE SOCIAL CONGLOMERATE →

Why the messaging revolution sucks for computer users

Sure, it might be hard to thumbkiss through a trackpad. But in a world where seemingly every device is connected to the Internet and capable of performing many of the same functions, the inability to check my messages on my laptop seems silly at best.
Nathaniel Mott on PandoDaily → Desktop problems: Why the messaging revolution sucks for PC users

Mountain Lion: Messages replaces iChat

There’s also the question of iMessage alerts across devices. Anyone who’s had both an iPad and an iPhone hooked up to iMessage will already know about this phenomenon: Every time someone sends you a message, all your iMessage-enabled devices will beep, and new notifications appear. When I chatted with a friend using Messages on a Mac, my iPhone and iPad were beeping repeatedly, every time the friend replied to a message of mine. There’s probably a better way to handle situations like this.

This MacWorld article says all there’s today to know about the beta that Apple released last week as a preview of things to come in Mountain Lion.

The sentence I’ve quoted is the second thing you can note using the app (the first it’s that it actually works). Let’s see how this evolves. To me the current behaviour is unacceptable…

Odigo Messenger

Odigo Messenger was an instant messaging service. For a short time in 2004 Odigo Messenger allowed users to use the service to talk to users in other IM networks, but the feature was discontinued at the beginning of 2005.

Odigo was purchased for $20 million by Comverse Technology in 2002. Comverse planned to leverage the Odigo server software for instant messaging solutions in cell phones. Since Comverse had no interest in maintaining a general IM service, it was shutdown in 2004.


Today I’ve opened my boxes of memories and from it came out a lot of stuff. Between this a sheet with my Username & password for this Odigo Instant Messenger.

My ID was 2596095…

unofficial Pidgin 2.0 package for Ubuntu

Pidgin Logo So – as I’ve said – the transition from Gaim to Pidgin is complete and the stable package is out.

My pal AndyCapp has released a ready-to-install pidgin *.deb package HERE.

Have a good download && install routine


Connect to MSN, Yahoo, AIM using GTalk (psi)

Arun has written a post about a tutorial he found on the web regarding how to connect to MSN, Yahoo, AIM services using GTalk (with Psi).

Unfortunately the post he’s linking has some major problems.

The first one is that what the post’ subject promises is possible thanks to PSI – which by the way is my all time favourite Jabber client ever, on any platform or desktop enviroment – that lets me use different jabber services at the same time.

So i can use Google’s jabber server for Gtalk messaging and a different one – in the tutorial’s example “” – to connect to another jabber network and/or to external services (as they’re called) which provide access to MSN, Yahoo, ICQ and other networks of instant messaging.

There’s NO connection to MSN using (via) Gtalk.

The second problem is that this approach – using PSI as the only and primary client for ALL im networks – works ONLY if:

    – the jabber server you choose to use supports ALL the protocols you need;


    – is kept updated to support the latest versions of the ‘closed source’ instant messaging protocol you want to use (see M$ that often makes changes in the protocol without notices);
    – the jabber server you have choosen is a reliable one. Servers granting a huge support to different protocols have the tendency to attract a lot of people and fall under heavy loads in some circumstances.

This becomes essential since once you join a jabber server you get an account like which is clearly different from

Once you got your MSN (or ICQ or Yahoo …) contact list (or roaster as someone calls it) coupled with your account on a certain jabber server moving it away to another one – for any given reason this becomes needed – is (or at least was one year ago, the last time I’ve tried) an overwhelming and frustrating task.

That’s why I’ve choosen to use Gaim (or Kopete, or Adium on OS X) everytime i need to use ALL the instant messaging protocols on a certain machine at the same time. They connects individually to a public server/access point to a given IM network without merging them in any way.