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Weblog:   All Software Should Be Network Aware
Subject:   Better use of Instant Messaging
Date:   2003-07-02 16:11:28
From:   bbrown
Response to: Better use of Instant Messaging

That's an interesting use of IM, certainly, but I think it's tacking on functionality that doesn't belong.


Perhaps a different app that might follow the same conventions as IM, but not use IM applications? I can think of a dashboard-style app that would use Rendezvous to establish connections and do the actual transmission using Jabber or something like that.


Your notion of an all-in-one app runs counter to small pieces loosely joined and the general UNIX design philosophy. I'd like to see a number of different apps that can all interoperate or not, depending on your usage.


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  1. Tim O'Reilly photo Better use of Instant Messaging
    2003-07-03 09:43:15  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

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