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delirium happy
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With the official release of LJ-Talk, I'm reminded of why I gave up bothering with it before. Having multiple chat clients is just annoying. So I'm wondering if anyone knows of any IM client that meets my requirements:

Must run on Windows XP.
Must be able to speak AIM and Jabber. Should preferably do ICQ, MSN and Y!M as well.
Must be free (as in beer).
Must be able to have chat sessions with multiple people in tabs within a single window.
Must be easily configurable (which basically means "not gaim", which I'm sure is wonderful and all, but I surely cannot be mithered spending hours faffing around with GTK).
Should preferably be able to reconnect me automatically if I disconnect.
Should preferably be able to deal with direct file transfer; need not do any other bloat and whistles that come in IM programs (other than sending of messages, naturally).
Should preferably be able to log messages for me automatically.
Should preferably be able to understand UTF8.
Should preferably give me the option to turn off any annoying "features" like graphical smileys or audio alerts.

Anyone know if such a beast exists?


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File transfer is one of the things that I'd like but which isn't a necessity if everything else works, because there are always other ways of sending files. (And to be honest, I mostly prefer other ways, but sometimes other ways aren't convenient for the people I want to share files with.)

I've used bitlbee a bit in the past. I remember I stopped using it at some point because it did something to annoy me, but I can't remember what it was, which indicates that in al probability either it was something fairly minor, or it was long enough ago that things might have improved.

The main thing that was holding me back from trying it again was that last time I checked it was linux only. Do you have any experience with the windows version? How stable is it?

I've no personal experience of it on windows, but I did point someone else at it a while back and they've not complained about it as far as I know.
Sorry I can't be more help.

It's running on crschmidt.net: just connect to crschmidt.net in your IRC client, and you don't even have to bother running it. (I'm assuming a net connection is a given ;))

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