Writings on technology and society from Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Zealanders would only waste proper broadband – TelstraClear

Today on Radio New Zealand National I responded to the extraordinary comments of TelstraClear’s Chief Executive, Alan Freeth, that there is no point of providing fast broadband in New Zealand because we’d only waste it. And he doesn’t like Hokitika. His views can’t be anything to do with trying to protect his existing network in the main cities, can they?

Read on for my speaking notes, or listen to the audio download in mp3 or ogg.

posted by colin at 11:11 am  

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Staying connected – Adium 1.3 and Skype

I use instant messaging (IM) from time to time, but I really can’t be fished with the half a dozen or so different IM clients you are supposed to install to cover the different IM services. That’s why I love Adium.Adium Logo

Adium is a very nice open source Mac IM client. It does far more different IM services than iChat, which Apple provides. Adium does nearly every services out there, presenting all your contacts and chats through the same interface, with the exception of (and this is a biggie) Skype IM. Helpful New Zealander Eion Robb fixed that for everyone some time ago with his Skype plugin for Adium, and that made Adium cover every IM service I was interested in. Bravo.

Recently, Adium has moved to version 1.3, and a fine version upgrade it seems as well, giving you access to Facebook chat among other things. The problem is that the upgrade breaks the Skype plugin, so someone upgrading Adium in the normal course of things loses connectivity to their Skype-only contacts.

Happily, this is easy to fix. You need to:

  1. download the latest plugin
  2. double-click the zip file it arrives in (you get a plugin file)
  3. right-click the plugin file and select “Show Package Contents”
  4. a Finder instance opens showing what’s inside, open the “Contents” folder
  5. open the

    file by double-clicking, then open the section marked “root” by clicking the triangle

  6. You can now see a list of “properties” and their values. We’re going to edit a couple. You need the value of

    to read 1.3. Double-click the number and retype as necessary.

  7. You also need to add a new value. Click the CFBundleversion property then press the button “New Sibling”. Then change its proerty to read

    and set the value to 1.3

  8. Now just quit out of the Property Editor (red jellybean, you know the drill), close the Finder, then double-click on the SkypePlugin to install. (NB – stop Adium and Skype before you do this.) Works for me!

Thanks to the good folks at adiumxtras for this.

posted by colin at 10:32 am  
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