My typo, I fixed it for you!

I am going to propose a new rule for IM communication. Ok, not so much a rule as a suggestion: Only correct typos that drastically change the meaning of the message, or that a reasonably logical person might misunderstand.

Supposedly your mind can recognize errors in text and correct for them. So let’s use that.

Here’s an example, if you are chatting with someone and they say:

them [12:44]: OMG, I am so hungry, I'm gonna go grab luncg
them [12:44]: lunch
you: [12:45]: get a burrito! 

Ok, you see how he (the “them” guy) corrected himself, and typed “lunch” after they typed the word “luncg”? I think it may be unnecessary to do so. I got enough context clues from the time (12:44) and the mention of being hungry to know they meant “lunch” and not “luncg” (Unless “Luncg” is someone they work with, which could be bad.)

So that’s my idea for today. I’m sure you’ve come across countless examples of this happening. Just think how much time you would save by not fixing a simple typo unless clarification was required.


iChat (Maybe…)

I’ve been using iChat lately, but I’m still not convinced I like it…

I was a long time user of Fire, until I switched to Adium, which I still really like, so why mess with iChat? Video

Yup, I’ve been toying with video chat, and since Adium can’t do that, iChat is what I’ve been using, and it works great for video, but as an IM client, it is a bit lacking…

iChat doesn’t do Yahoo! or MSN Messenger (I don’t use MSN, but some people do) but it does do Jabber/XMPP and handles Bonjour connections, which is nice.

You can enhance iChat a bit with Chax, and I’ve also added growliChat as well. They help a bit, but for a Mac OS X client, I still like Adium, but the chances of Adium doing video any time soon are pretty damn slim.