On Status

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Something that comes up often about Instantbird is why we only support three statuses: Available, Unavailable and Offline.  (We do actually support a fourth one too, Idle, but that is set automatically, not chosen by the user.)  Frequently this discussion is in the context of wanting an “Invisible” status, but …

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Instantbird 1.2 Released (with awesome new IRC features)!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

If you haven’t seen the announcement…Instantbird 1.2 has been released!  It’s got a ton of great new features that I’m excited for: better tab complete, a marker showing the last viewed messages, support for Bonjour and more.  But the most exciting bits to me are …

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IRC Auto-Performs

Monday, June 11, 2012

There have been a few requests to support “auto-performs” (sending commands to the IRC server after connection that the user types into a box or whatever). Personally I find this to be:

  1. A fairly awful user experience.
  2. Confusing to new users.
  3. Unnecessary.

I additionally don’t like this idea since …

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Instantbird Contact List Hack #2

Sunday, January 15, 2012

There was a request on the Instantbird Bugzilla to always show contacts in the contact list as the “big” contact (as shown when a contact is selected).  Similarly to my last post, this can easily be done with userChrome.css.  See the post if you don’t know what userChrome …

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Instantbird Contact List Hack

Monday, October 31, 2011

A friend of mine asked me if there was a way to have selected contacts in the contact list NOT expand to two lines (where the status goes onto the second line) in Instantbird.

There’s actually no option to do this in Instantbird, but with a little userChrome tweak …

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