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algae: a livejournal client for aim. [Feb. 15th, 2005|03:20 pm]
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[lifftchi]
Using off-the-shelf perl modules, i've thrown together an lj client for aim. It acts as an aim bot and posts any messages it gets to an lj account. All the requirements are stated at the top. To run it, copy it over to your web server, set some variables within the file to appropriate values, and execute. Make sure you have the required perl modules (listed at the top.)

Get the script at http://iannet.net/lj/algae.pl . The test journal is noisetube.

Note that perl is not my native language. The code, put baldly, sucks, and there isn't very much functionality. This is just a proof-of-concept. I plan on adding error handling, more generalised image support, an external config file. . . stuff like that. I also want it to say meaningful things to the user.

Of course, I'd rather not have to turn it into an actual program at all. It sounds like work. If anyone's written a better aim->lj bridge, I would love to hear about it. My web searches didn't turn up anything.
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[User Picture]From: njyoder
2005-02-16 12:20 am (UTC)
Looks interesting, I'll give it a go later. I'm not really sure this has much practical use though. Integrating something into an AIM client to show when you receive comments would be handy though. I know with trillian it shows you when you receive an e-mail via hotmail or yahoo so you'd get instant notification.
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[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2005-02-16 12:23 am (UTC)
Well, the interesting thing about it, for me, is that it /completely/ changed the style of my lj entries. I think some people will enjoy having a more stream-of-consciousness, less-digested means to update a journal.
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[User Picture]From: stubbs
2005-02-16 01:50 am (UTC)
This is interesting. I'm actually writing my thesis on something similar, and I'd be interested to know where the idea came from.
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[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2005-02-16 02:21 am (UTC)
*shrug* It came out of my head-meats. I felt that my regular journal could do with a bit more spontaneity, so I made this. We've known for a long time that there are thresholds of convenience that qualitatively change the user's behavior.

I mean, it's just UI. A lot of interaction design centers on context, and how it can be used to guide the user's actions. I suppose you could also say that it derives from my ruminations on McLuhan's observation that the meaning of a message depends on its context.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/lifftchi/73096.html is my post detailing the original idea. There's a bit more clarification there.
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[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2005-02-16 12:29 am (UTC)
Heh. Thanks! I am certainly sick enough of it to welcome contributions, so please feel free to make changes.
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[User Picture]From: ibneko
2005-02-16 05:27 am (UTC)
An AIM->LJ bridge? I have, but like most of my little scripty-thingies, I never posted it online, mostly because it was rather proof-of-concept, and no one used it 'cept for me. Plus, I never got to to post to livejournal.com, and only to my own livejournal, and a few other ones. Something about authentication that I never bothered figuring out.

Mmmm, hopefully I'll find time to read yours, but life's busy and time's very precious at the moment, with exams coming up. ^^;; ::apologies::

....wait, no, that's a lie. I did make a post about it, although it would probably have been over at my livejournal installation, now old and abandoned by everyone who used it. But I don't think I left my journal there google-searchable, so that might be the reason why. Maybe. I dunno. Don' t bother searching though, it probably won't be that helpful~
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[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2005-02-16 06:00 am (UTC)
Mine really isn't very interesting. There's a perl module that you basically tell, "start an aim bot" and another perl module to which you say "log in." Perl module for markov chains, perl module for http. . .

It's like programming with tinkertoys.

Also, I failed to operate your journal. White on white?
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[User Picture]From: ibneko
2005-02-17 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yep~ mine's something like that as well. Good stuff, perl.

Huh. Which journal? The one here? An external css should load and keep it from being white on white... Meh, I should get a paid account and change over to S2 at some point. Might not work in all browsers, 'cause it's an old style that I hacked together a long time ago.
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[User Picture]From: kritikal
2005-02-22 09:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't have an AIM->LJ bridge per say, but I so have an AIM proxy I've written in python. The idea has also certainly crossed my mind too, so, I'm going to start developing it into my proxy. Keep an eye on my community, kritikal_dev for updates on that. You can hit me up via AIM too to toss ideas back and forth.
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[User Picture]From: repalviglator
2005-05-29 10:02 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to test this out! I've also found some similar things which I'm considering using:

joscar - an AIM (OSCAR protocal) Java Library
DiaWebLog - An IRC and AIM Chatroom interface to a community blog
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