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Facebook Chat with Pidgin

Earlier this month Facebook announced that their chat feature now supports XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). What I truly appreciate about Facebook’s support for XMPP is how they have integrated the Friends Lists to selectively decide which friends show up online.

To connect to Facebook Chat from Pidgin follow the instructions below:

1) Create your Facebook username by going to http://www.facebook.com/username

2) Open Pidgin

3) Click Accounts

4) Click Manage Accounts and you should see the following appear:

5) Click Add

6) Set the following options under the Basic tab:

Protocol: XMPP

Username: Username you created in Step 1

Domain: chat.facebook.com

Password: Enter your password

6) Set the following options under the Advanced tab

Require SSL/TLS: Unchecked

Connect port: 5222

Connect server: chat.facebook.com

7) Click Save

Installing SQL Server Management Studio 2005

When attempting to install SQL Management Studio 2005 from a DVD, here are the instructions that have worked for me:

1) 32-bit processors

Run the SqlRun_Tools.msi file from \ENGLISH\SQL2005\DEVELOPER\SQL Server x86\Tools\Setup\ on the DVD

2) 64-bit processors

Run the SqlRun_Tools.msi from \ENGLISH\SQL2005\DEVELOPER\SQL Server x64\Tools\Setup\ on the DVD

10 FALs on Firefox Extensions

As a reminder to myself, and a recommendation to others, if you’re using Firefox you may find some of these extensions useful. I’m hopeful that eventually I’ll have a list of 10 extensions that will complete a 10 FALs (Frequently Asked Links) series on Firefox Extensions.

  1. Tab Mix Plus
    – I was introduced to this extension by a colleague at work. Provides session management and every possible feature you could think of for tabbed browsing.
     
  2. AdBlock
    – A great utility to filter out advertisements and other content from a site.
     
  3. Session Saver
    – Saves everything in your browser environment and restores the state when you reopen Firefox.
     
  4. Clone Window
    – An extension that most Internet Explorer users look for to maintain content of a window when creating new instances of the browser window.
     
  5. SnapBack
    – Originally introduced by Safari, the SnapBack extension allows you to return to the point where you last typed a URL or selected a bookmark. Hat tip to Don for the SnapBack link.