I personally don't check out that many techie news sites... have far too much work to do, but, taking Jonathan's point, this kind of thing would be perfect for a .com/marketing view of openacs.. i.e. related posting, business issues, strategy etc...
If there was another more apropriate forum I would surely post it there so that people that don't want to read such redundant posts don't have to subscribe to it! BTW I don't cut and paste everydays tech news link selection... and yes there has been news posts in the past that generated valuable discussion!
Also, David, try coming to the #openacs channel on irc.openprojects.net. I know I'm sounding like a broken record, but the more people that are there, the more real time OACS dev dicsussion can take place...
talli: markd's a dork markd: paje's a dork paje: talli's a dork
But all work and no play makes for a very boring developer's community, no?
Also, no more beer for you...
This is GOOD NEWS
We serve up over 100 hours of Real audio on a non-Real server (non streaming server). It works well. Some of our users have had trouble getting REAL installed and working on their machines. We always recommend that they download the *hard to find* link to the FREE (not TRIAL) version of the player. Initially there were some problems with the newest player "REAL ONE" playing our stuff and I still keep the install file of Real 7 'cause it is less "ad-dy" and in your face than Real 8 and Real One.
I have another machine with Real One (FREE) on it and just last week I wanted to play a wav file in an email, and Real One said it needed to contact the website to get some missing component. It wouldn't connect so I did the whole unin/reinstall again and still it wanted to get the missing component to play wav's and again it failed... I gave up and installed WinAmp. I suspect but cannot prove that they left this wav component out so that they can get me to buy their player...
AND I am looking for another NonReal player to recommend to our users that is free and easy to install. Steve Gibson the shields up guru of grc.com really dislikes REAL because they were harvesting user info and denied it.... Steve proved they were harvesting... AS a result his stuff is served with Microsoft's Media Player. NOW I just read (infoworld?) that the license agreement with the Newest version of Microsoft's Media Player allows microsoft to delete files from my harddrive as it sees fit, particularly ones that *may* infringe on some copyright and likely to be MP3.... WAY too invasive....
So much for a rant... Any suggestions for a Free Real Audio format player that works on Win, Mac and Linux that I can recommend to our users?
Here is a quick tutorial...
To log onto the server, there are a number of tools you can use. My personal favorite is Chatzilla, a free application which comes with Mozilla.
If you download Mozilla from mozilla.org and install the complete version, Chatzilla will be on your computer. Open Mozilla, and go to the tools menu and select Chatzilla. A new window will open.
In the text space for the "client" tab, type:
A new tab will open that welcomes you to the server. Then type:
Another tab will open up. You should see my name there with a green dot next to it. Then start chatting!
Another client that can be used on Windows is trillian from trillian.cc. On Linux, xchat is a nice client.
However, a google search for IRC and Windows or whatever OS you happen to be using should bring up quite a few other tools.
If you also need to access the various IM systems, Trillian is a multi-protocol chat client that also speaks the IRC protocol. See http://www.trillian.cc/