Google I/O

In less than 12 weeks developers will parachute into the Moscone Center, San Francisco, for the annual Google event held specifically for its software developer community.  The audience is likely to reach 4,000 as many attend sessions around themes including Android, Chrome browser, App Engine and Maps.  It’s a testament to the sustained progress Google has made with its developer community that this event is proving such a big draw, further evidence is found in the number of companies using Google products today.

Atending to show their innovation are companies like as Jetbrains from Prague (who have a smart sounding set of IDEs) and Atlassian (cool JIRA Studio tool) both of whom use Google products to help build their applications.  Yahoo! whom one might not expect to align themselves quite so much with the search giant, is also attending, they’ve worked hard to integrate numerous open Google APIs and feeds within the Yahoo! Query Language.  All this happening in the Developer Sandbox, the demo area for selected companies, large and small, who built applications based on technologies and products featured at I/O.

Mibbit is in the Sandbox for the two day show, we’ll be showcasing our funky features and showing how they link into Google products, how we did what we did and why we’re confident it’s a great combination.  We’re also planning to announce a couple of new relevant additions nearer time too.

If you’re going or planning to go we’d be happy to hear from you, we’re looking forward to seeing speakers Vic Gundotra, panelist Paul Graham and Matthew Papakipos of Chrome fame.  Looks to be a great event!  More on this as we get closer to the date.

Choop :)

Cool commands for your Mibbit

Fridays often begin for us with a look back on what has really been achieved in the last 7 days, sometimes it takes all week to get a new feature bedded in and other times just a couple of hours.

This week we’ve seen the return of translation command line:

/translateme <language>
/translatethem <language>

Really useful if you’re in a widget and the menu item has been removed!

We’ve also added /mute, so you can turn on or off all sounds emanating from your Mibbit:

/mute
/unmute

And we return with affection to the little known command /showurl for opening the extra window inside a Mibbit chat:

/showurl <url>

Great for checking YouTube, Google or even catching a show on Hulu or TVCatchup.com whilst chatting.

Happy Valentines! :D

Widget connect colour support announced

The widget can now be made to look more aligned to your site than ever with new customisable background colours on the  connect screen.  To achieve this is easy: just add &promptbackground= with your choice of colour to the end of your widget URL. For example, this one comes in a calming shade of Heliotrope:

http://widget.mibbit.com/?server=irc.mibbit.net&channel=%23help&promptbackground=%23DF73FF

(Quick list of hex colour numbers thanks to Wikipedia)

Premium widget owners will soon get additional options to change the “Connect” button image and use a background image suited to their site.

More info on the new options can be found here.

Of course it’s already possible to tailor the widget in many ways. If you’re looking for a quick guide try the Wiki on Prefs or check out these groovy implementations;

IRCForex.com/chat and new joiner Kontagentrock.com.

Happy painting!

How to Tweet via Mibbit

Yes! Tweeting has been known to come from middle-Mibbit.  Here’s how;

* Connect to chat as usual – http://mibbit.com/chat
* Click the Twitter logo and enter your Twitter account details, don’t worry, we won’t cache your details
* Press Go!
* You’re in, see your Twitter stream in the tab, type a message in the chat line to send a tweet

One chat to tweet them all ;-)

Two is better

The Mibbit client has been serviced by multiple back-end servers for a while now but just recently we’ve added a second server to our IRC network.   Thanks to Kitsune and Axod for the hard work getting this up and running, if you’re a serious user of the network read on and see what services have been upgraded to the latest version.

These  include;

  • updated Ircd and services to the latest unreal v3.2.8.1 and anope v1.8.3
  • enabled nickserv tracking.  This feature allows you to identify to nickserv, and then /nick somethingelse, then /nick backagain. The upshot is that nickserv wont scream at you to re-identify.
  • enabled a registered mode identifier to help some irc clients that monitor “I am registered” status and keep track of it. Users are now given a notice of “mode +r” when they identify.

Check out irc.us.mibbit.net or irc.uk.mibbit.net specifically or leave as irc.mibbit.net to be load balanced on either box.

This is great stuff and thanks to Axod, Kitsune and all the Ops on Mibbit for their hard work making sure this is running well. :D

Check the graph at Netsplit for the last 2 weeks traffic.

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