Archive for May, 2008

Cool Summer of Code Projects for Pidgin

It looks like Pidgin is going to be getting two of the features that users often ask for, and I personally am pretty happy about these features as well. The Google Summer of Code project pairs college students with open source projects and Google pays them for working with the project, and some very interesting things result.

The first project which caught my eye was the Theme Improvements project. This project basically aims to give Pidgin theming capabilities, which will be awesome and I hope this works out. Many people use bloated clients like Trillian because of its theme support, so I hope this attracts many new users in this way.

Another guy is working on finally adding Voice and Video support for XMPP to Pidgin. This is probably the biggest project for Pidgin currently, because going from strictly text chat to voice and video is a hue leap, and I hope this project works out as well.

It seems like a lot of people currently love to bash the Pidgin developers for not working on features they wouldn’t use and have no time to implement, so it’s great to see that students who do have the time and motivation to do these things are getting them done, because it’s not fair to expect the developers to work on whatever users want if they don’t use those features themselves. The beauty of open source is that people have the ability to add features they want, but it seems like a lot of the more vocal Pidgin users don’t believe this at all.

Finally, another guy, completely unrelated to the GSoC program, is working on adding a Facebook chat protocol plugin to Pidgin, which is awesome. Currently it can only send messages but not receive them, and it seemed like my friends would log in and out every few seconds, but once it works it would be great.

Yay, May…

So today’s the first of May, and brings lots of chaos, agony, despair, and yet a light at the end of the tunnel. For you see, May is the month of AP testing, and also my birthday, and the beginning of the end of our high school careers.

The first two weeks of May are going to be living hell, with AP tests coming in like buzzards to pick us off after finals have beaten and broken us down to senseless drones. This year, I’m definitely going to run out of AP labels, and the sad part is that I won’t even end up using much of my AP credit. I suppose it’s worth it just for grade inflation, but an annoying waste of money to be sure. Once AP testing is over though, the fun begins.

After AP testing I’ll probably pick up the laptop I want for college, the HP tx2000z. It’s a cheap tablet/convertible laptop, with a base price of $900 and HP has a student discount program on top of that for 7-12% off (7% in this case). We’ll be playing Brawl and bridge and maybe Mario Kart Wii in any classes that let us, and maybe even DotA if we have enough laptops for a LAN party. I suppose we’ll also do random projects and stuff to fill time, but that doesn’t really matter. School will pretty much be over.

Hopefully I’ll be able to work on side projects too, like DS coding, some Java stuff, and Robotics stuff. I also need to finish off Metroid Prime 2: Echoes before we graduate so I can give it back to Sid. I should probably also buy Orange Box and stuff and maybe Crysis to actually tax my PC.

I have a feeling this month is going to fly past, just like the rest of the year has.