Talkr.im Howto

March 13, 2011 at 15:24 | Posted in Cool, Tech, Tutorials/Howtos | 2 Comments
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In my last post I talked about my positive experiences with talkr.im. The only area I found to be a little lacking was Documentation. So, in this post I am going to run through how to use various features of talkr.im.

Getting Connected:

The first thing you’ll need is an XMPP client. There are many of these (see this list). You will want at least one of your clients to support XMPP Service Discovery. (In my case I use Psi on one of my laptops for this as the XMPP client built into the N800 lacks this functionality.) The other thing you’ll need is a talkr.im account. This part is easy just go to http://www.talkr.im/ , click Register, fill out the simple form follow the instructions and you have a talkr.im account.

Once you have the account you’ll need to set up your XMPP client. This varies from client to client but you’ll need something like this:

  • Username: yourname@talkr.im
  • Password: your password
  • Server: conference.talkr.im
  • Port: 5222
  • SSL/TLS: yes

Once you have your XMPP clients all configured and connected it’s time to start having some fun with Talkr.im’s more advanced features.

Gateways/Transports:

The transports/gateways to other IM services are fairly easy to you once you know how.

  1. Launch your XMPP client that supports Service Discovery.
  2. Use the Service Discovery option to find the Transport you want to use
  3. Select the Transport and choose the register option (double clicking will work for this on some clients other may have to right click and choose register).
  4. Enter Your Username/Password for the IM service you are setting up the Transport for (i.e. Yahoo ID/Password for the Yahoo Transport).
  5. If all goes well you’ll get a bunch of Authorization Requests as people from the IM service you entered the details for are added to your roster (friends list)
  6. Repeat the steps above for all the IM services you want to use
  7. The IRC Transport is used differently as it is more of a MultiUser Chat service then an IM (Instant Messaging) service. I’ll cover it below
  8. You can now chat to all your friends on far flung services all in one place. Enjoy

Note: You only need to use the XMPP client with Service Discovery support to set this up. Once set up even a very basic XMPP client will be able to chat with all your friends.

Setting-up/Using the IRC transport:

For me one of Talkr.im’s greatest features is the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Transport as this allows access to almost any IRC server right from your XMPP client. There are a few oddities to get used to in using the IRC transport but you’ll get the hang of it quickly once you know how.

The Register option on the IRC transport allows you to Pre-configure your Nickserv Passwords and other connection options for various IRC servers I’ll cover that in a bit.

To join a channel on an IRC server you would use the enter chat/groupchat/room option on your XMPP client. More full featured clients will let you select the Host/room/nickname/password from a dialogue which makes life easy. If so, you’d fill in:

  • Host: irc.talkr.im
  • Room: Channelname%irc.server.name
  • Nickname: The IRC nick you want
  • Password: Your Nickserv Password if any

If you are using a more limited client like the one on my N800 you wont get a nice multi-field dialogue to fill out just the option for a room name. In that case you would enter:

  • channelname%irc.server.name@irc.talkr.im

In this case you’ll need to have used a more advanced client (with Service Discovery) to pre-configure your Nicks and Nickserv Passwords. Luckily you can configure Nickserv Passwords and other options on a per server basis. However you’ll be stuck with the same nick everyplace. (usually not a problem for most people).

Pre-configuring IRC server settings:

  • Use your advanced XMPP client’s Service Discovery option to locate the irc.talkr.im transport service.
  • In this case you definitely will need to use right click or something similar to get to the Register option. (The default option (double click) is set to open a chat room).
  • Once the Register dialogue comes up you’ll see two fields one for IRC Username which will be your nickname on all servers ( bit of a bummer)
  • and a second large field with esoteric stuff in it. This second field is where you configure your per server settings.
  • The field holds one long line that looks like this:

[{“irc.server.one”,”Encoding“,portnumber,”nickserv password for irc.server.one“}, {“irc.server.two“,”Encoding“,portnumber,”nickserv password for server.two“}].

  • OK looks complicated but lets break it down
  • Each set of {} holds the info for one IRC server.
  • All the {}‘s must be inside the []‘s
  • You need the . after the last ]
  • inside the first quotes you want the server hostname (i.e. irc.dal.net, or irc.freenode.net, etc)
  • The encoding field will be utf-8 for most people change it to a different encoding if required.
  • The portnumber field does not have quotes and should be set to the port for the IRC server (6667 in most cases).
  • The last entry is your nickserv password (again with quotes around it)
  • Remember this all goes on one long line.. do not hit enter/return in an attempt to make it look “neat”
  • It does some syntax checking and will only succeed if thing are right or close enough.

Note: Registering with irc.talker.im will not register the passwords you enter with the nickserves of the various IRC servers. You must go to the servers and set up the nickserv passwords first if you intend to use them. If you don’t use nickserv just set the password field to “” (an empty set of quotes).

I’m going to end this blog post here as it covers how to set-up and use all the Transports. Hopefully in a future post I’ll cover using PubSub, applepush, Jingle nodes, and file transfer proxies.

Enjoy.

P.s. once you get hooked-up I can be reached @ freemor@talkr.im (that is an XMPP address not an e-mail) I’d love to hear if this was useful.

Browsing at the Speed of Text

February 9, 2011 at 17:50 | Posted in Life, Privacy/Security, thoughts, Tutorials/Howtos | Comments Off on Browsing at the Speed of Text
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I recently started using the ‘links’ browser for various things and was impressed with both the speed and the highly increased signal-to-noise ratio. Suddenly I could get to the information I wanted quickly and easily. This prompted me to set all of my other browsers to: no images, no scripts, no plugins

The difference was breathtaking. Suddenly I was back to the Internet I first fell in love with, a place where you can quickly find and share information. No blinking ads. No annoying scripted effects. No over done glitz. Just the info I was after.

I have found that I am getting things done much more quickly since my switch to text-only browsing.

The breath of fresh air that text-only browsing was got me nostalgic for the “old” days of the Internet when it was all text-only. I started using “Mutt” to read and send e-mail. I loaded up “Irssi” for IRC chat. I switched to a text only RSS feed reader for my morning and evening headlines/news. Again my productivity increased. So now I want to share how others can do the same. So try it out and see if your experience is similar.

The best place to start is probably the browser. For most people these days it is (sadly) the main, if not the only, way that they interact with the Internet.

I refer to a standard browser that has been configured to render only text as a “Stripped” browser.

To strip your browser find it in the list below and follow the steps. To un-strip it just reverse the steps

Internet Explorer:

Dont bother to try. IE is just too much of a mess and it’s likely you’ll break something trying to “Strip” IE.

If you are an IE user I’d suggest downloading Firefox or some other browser and “Stripping” it.

Firefox:

On Windows:
open Firefox
click tools -> options -> content
uncheck load images
uncheck enable JavaScript
click ok

click tools -> addons -> plugins
highlight each plugin by clicking on it and then click disable. (You’ll be able to “enable” them later)
Close the addons manager when done.

On Linux:
The same as above except the first options are under
edit->preferences->content

You now have a nice text only browser. Take it for spin and enjoy. Yes it will break some sites (YouTube naturally wont work) you may be surprised to see what sites fail to function. Many sites however will work just fine and be a lot easier to read.

If people know the steps to “strip” other browsers that I do not have access to please feel to post a comment.

If you have a browser not listed you basically want to search through the settings and do the following.

Disable all scripting
Set the browser to not load images
Disable (not uninstall) all media/rich content plug-ins

Once you have played with a stripped browser for a while you might get brave and decided to check out a true text-only browser like Lynx, elinks, links2, w3m, etc

I’d also suggest installing a second small/light browser to use as your stripped browser. As this way you can easily hop over to the other “Main” browser if you need to go to a page that just does not work right in a stripped or text-only browser.

As this post is getting a little on the long side I’ll cut it short and talk about doing other things on the Internet in a text centric way in another post.

More info on text centric use of the Internet can be found at the Ascii Ribbon Plus Campaign’s website. (Which I will also talk about in an upcoming Blog entry)

posted with Maemo WordPy from my N800

E-Toys Tutorial 12 – Getting Jiggy with the Frog

June 7, 2009 at 15:40 | Posted in OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, Vod/Pod casts, XO | 2 Comments
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In this tutorial we continue building out the game we started in the previous tutorial. We add levelling, scoring, difficulty increases, and a nice background. This tutorial is longer then the rest but covers some advanced ground and nicely demonstrates the development process scripting and debugging.

This E-Toys project will be available to download and experiment with @ http://drop.io/freemor_etoys_projects

The OLPC XO playable version is HERE

You can download this tutorial HERE

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E-Toys Tutorial #11 – A new Game

May 28, 2009 at 16:40 | Posted in OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, Vod/Pod casts, XO | 1 Comment
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In this tutorial for Squeakland.org‘s E-Toys we start building a game from scratch. The game involves a frog that eats flies. People following along with these tutorials can download the E-Toys project files from http://drop.io/freemor_etoys_projects . I will try to find a more XO Friendly place for the projects in the future. In the next tutorial we will add levels, scoring, and other features to this game.

The OLPC XO friendly version of this Tutorial is available here.

You can download this tutorial here.

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Jaunty, Remote Desktop, and Advanced settings

May 20, 2009 at 22:42 | Posted in Tutorials/Howtos | 1 Comment
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If you are like myself you were quite surprised to see that the preferences dialogue for the remote desktop server in Jaunty had gone all retrograde and lost all of the advanced settings it gained in Intrepid. This is a serious and un-necessary reversal. But there is hope. All the settings are still actually supported. They just aren’t easily visible. To get to the settings you’ll need to  install gconf-editor. Open a terminal window or Press ALT-F2 and type in:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

and press enter

Then you can launch it by either typing gconf-editor in a terminal or using the main menu go Applications -> System Tools -> Configuration Editor

You’ll get a window that looks like this:

The Gconf-Editor

The Gconf-Editor

Now click the triangle beside Desktop to expand that folder, then click the triangle beside gnome, then click on the remote-access folder.  You should end up with something like this:

Gconf-Editor on Remote Desktop Settings

Gconf-Editor on Remote Desktop Settings

As you can see all the setting are still there, Encryption, Alternate port, etc. When you select a setting the “Key Documentation” will change and give you information to help set it. The settings take place as soon as you set then (no need to save..). Once you have made the desired changed just close the Gconf-Editor and you should be good to go.

Hope this helps,

Freemor

E-Toys Tutorial #10 – Our First Game

May 16, 2009 at 10:55 | Posted in OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, Vod/Pod casts, XO | Comments Off on E-Toys Tutorial #10 – Our First Game
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Finally it is quiet enough to record again.

In this tutorial we look at a simple game I put together. We examine the various players and their scripts to see how it all goes together. Topics covered in this tutorial include Variables, Siblings, Debugging and more.

The Video can be downloaded here

The OLPC XO on-line playable version is here

You can download the E-Toys Project for this tutorial here. This and other projects will be available in my E-Toys Tutorials Drop (not OLPC friendly). If people have a suggestion for a more OLPC friendly hosting site for the E-Toys Projects related to these tutorials please let me know.

Enjoy!!

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E-toys tutorials delay…

May 5, 2009 at 12:27 | Posted in Life, OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, XO | Comments Off on E-toys tutorials delay…
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I apologies for the current delay in getting the next E-Toys Tutorial out. The problem is that there is some rather noisy construction going on  and it would be picked up when I tried to record the tutorials. I will get them out as quickly as possible.

E-Toys Tutorial #9 – Advanced Scripting

April 27, 2009 at 13:49 | Posted in OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, Vod/Pod casts, XO | Comments Off on E-Toys Tutorial #9 – Advanced Scripting
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In this tutorial I cover some more advanced scripting techniques. In particular how to start and stop scripts in one player from another player.

Enjoy

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OLPC XO playable Version: here

You can download the video here or at the Internet archive

E-Toys Tutorial #8 – Getting Control

April 23, 2009 at 14:35 | Posted in OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, Vod/Pod casts, XO | Comments Off on E-Toys Tutorial #8 – Getting Control
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In this tutorial I discuss controlling objects with the keyboard, the E-toys joystick and with other objects. I also briefly cover how to have two objects move together.

Enjoy!

The OLPC XO viewable version of this tutorial is: Here

You can Download a copy: Here or Here

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E-Toys Tutorial #7 – Animation with holders

April 12, 2009 at 18:14 | Posted in OLPC, Tutorials/Howtos, Vod/Pod casts, XO | Comments Off on E-Toys Tutorial #7 – Animation with holders
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This is the seventh in my series of tutorials on E-Toys by SqueakLand.org. In this tutorial I will discuss doing animation of your “players” by using “holders”.

Enjoy

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This Tutorial is OLPC XO viewable here

You can download this tutorial here

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