I've installed GAIM 1.5 on my laptop, and I try to use it to hook up to AIM, but for some reason, it just keeps disconnecting. From what I heard, AOL is trying to cut off access to 3rd party IM clients (Trillian, GAIM, etc.) It worked when I hook up to Yahoo Messenger. Is this true?
(edited by Duo_Shinigami_1083 on 3.4.06 2252) "The tree lights up, and then I push the button. No, wait! I press the button, and then the tree lights up, I press the button, and then the tree lights up..." -- Ice Princess, Batman Returns (1992)
Well it is true that they have in the past worked to keep those other clients from being able to connect to the AIM service. In fact they've stopped them on several occassions, but the makers of GAIM/Trillian and the like have just found new ways to work around it from what I understand.
Now I haven't kept up with all that so I don't know if they have changed their mind and stopped trying to block those other programs at this point. But yeah it was happening.
I just started using a program called Adium, and it appears it will let you do that, in addition to logging into MSN, Yahoo and others. www.adiumx.com It's also open source, if you care about stuff like that.