jYMSG: Yahoo Instant Messaging API for Java

Interesting, a Java API for using Yahoo! Messenger as a P2P backplane. A friend of mine made use of this for a little personal project.


I wonder if there’s a .NET API. I looked but didn’t find anything. I could’ve used that a few weeks ago when I was working on plugins for the Yahoo! Music Engine. I didn’t find one so I ended up using Jabber-Net for my communication needs. Note that I have not yet posted this plugin as it needs a few changes before it’s ready for primetime and I’ve been rather busy lately.

Adium “Deny bug” is driving me nuts

So every time someone tries to add me to their buddy list, Adium pops up a confirmation dialog that’s cut off and that only offers me the option to deny:

screenshot of Adium confirmation dialog with only a Deny button

This is driving me and the people who are trying to add me nuts. Each time it happens, I need to type a silly message in the dialog along the lines of “Sorry that I’m denying you – it’s nothing personal. It’s just that I’m experiencing a frustrating bug where Adium is cutting off the dialog and my only choice is to deny you.” This is not exactly winning me friends.

Anybody have any ideas how to fix this?

Real estate slowdown

I’ve noticed lately an increase in the number of real estate signs and more importantly, that signs for the same property are hanging around for a few weeks and agents are having to do two or three open houses and open houses are nowhere near as well-attended as they were a few years ago.

This MercuryNews article (may require free registration) seems to be indicating a slowdown as well:

The median house price in Santa Clara County dropped to $705,000 in September amid signs this month that Silicon Valley’s red-hot real estate market is cooling.

New data available Tuesday also shows it’s taking longer to sell homes. At the beginning of the year, it would have taken 28 days to sell all the homes on the market in the county, given the pace of sales then. It would take more than 54 days today.

What the world needs…

Well, I’m not exactly sure what the world needs (“love, sweet love” perhaps?).

But I do know what the world doesn’t need:

  • Another cover band that performs “Brick House”.

Here’s the deal. The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact – we’ve established that. Guilty as charged. Anyone who’s been to a bar in the last 10 years is well aware of it. It’s time to move on and cover deeper issues like:

  • What the hell is Manfred Mann talking about in “Blinded by the Light”?
  • Why is Gwen Stefani singing about b-a-n-a-n-a-s?

Desktop hosed

Desktop hosed

Desktop hosed,
originally uploaded by msabramo.

My Windows desktop at home, which has been flakey for a long time and has been getting increasingly flakey even after a transplant into a new Asus S-Presso case/mobo, finally bit it tonight.

On its last boot, programs were crashing everywhere and it logged me out and then the login screen became totally unresponsive. So I did a cold reboot and was greeted by this lovely screen.


Guess it’s time to do a Windows install.

Not a good technology week for me. Quick searches stopped working for me in Thunderbird on my PowerBook and my Treo has twice already spontaneously decided to call my wife at home while somehow managing to catch the entire thing including the phone ring on my voice mail.

Pen and paper is looking ever more attractive to me.