[AG-TECH] Jabber Available!

Many Ayromlou mayromlo at ryerson.ca
Tue Sep 21 11:38:59 CDT 2004

Hi Dwight,

The best client I've found yet for OSX is PSI (has group chat function 
and can connect and stay connected to multiple jabber servers). I tried 
Fire but it does not have group chat (their group chat is not THE 
groupchat as defined by the standard). Also tried Nitro (it's nice if 
you just want to stay with one server). Nitro has the nicest (IMHO) 
interface and seems to be able to do groupchat and all that, but it 
can't connect to multiple servers (I needed this since I have to 
connect to a secondary server that provides the MSN gateway function).

BTW, Ivan are there plans to add the MSN transport (or others for that 

Hope this helps,

On 21-Sep-04, at 11:27 AM, Dwight D.McKay wrote:

> Has anyone tried connecting with the ANL jabber server with Adium (a 
> Mac OS X jabber client)?
> I'm getting repeated password requests and occasional network "read 
> error" errors. I tried seven times and that didn't help. ;-)
> On Sep 21, 2004, at 9:46 AM, Monika Rabarison wrote:
>> Never mind. After the seventh try, I could register.
>> Thanks,
>> Monika
>> On Tue, 21 Sep 2004, Monika Rabarison wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I have installed PSI on Win XP, and am currently trying to register 
>>> my
>>> account. When I click register, I am getting a server error:
>>> There was an error communicating with the Jabber server.
>>> Details: Disconnected
>>> Any hints?
>>> TIA,
>>> Monika
>>> On Fri, 17 Sep 2004, Ivan R. Judson wrote:
>>>> Hello everyone,
>>>> Here's some information regarding Jabber, the chat tool that we 
>>>> will be
>>>> using for SC Global.
>>>> For general information about Jabber, go to
>>>> http://www.jabber.org/about/overview.php
>>>> For those of you who are already familiar with Jabber, here's the 
>>>> quick list
>>>> of servers and ports:
>>>> General AG Jabber Server: 	jabber.mcs.anl.gov, port 5222, port 5223 
>>>> for
>>>> SSL
>>>> Group Chat:				conference.mcs.anl.gov, (there is
>>>> already a room named meadow)
>>>> Now here's the detailed instructions for the rest of us.....:)
>>>> You can download a jabber client at: http://www.jabber.org If you 
>>>> follow the
>>>> link on the left column under Software called "clients", you will 
>>>> see a long
>>>> list of jabber clients.  The client that many of us are running is 
>>>> Psi, it
>>>> runs on linux as well as windows, and it is freely distributed.  
>>>> You can
>>>> choose whatever client you wish, however, if you are a beginner at 
>>>> this, you
>>>> might want to stick with something that most others will have.  The
>>>> instructions that follow are for the PSI client.....you're on your 
>>>> own if
>>>> you choose something else.
>>>> Download and install the PSI client on your machine.  When you get 
>>>> to the
>>>> Choose Components screen, I disable the Automatic startup but you 
>>>> might want
>>>> to have Psi fire up everytime you log in.
>>>> The first time you launch Psi, you will see a window titled Open 
>>>> Profile.
>>>> Select the "Profiles" button at the bottom of the window.  The next 
>>>> window
>>>> that opens is the Manage Profiles window.  Select "New". The next 
>>>> window is
>>>> the New Profile window.  Type in a profile name (whatever you 
>>>> choose) and
>>>> select "Chat".  You can also enable emoticons here.  When you are 
>>>> finished,
>>>> click "Create".
>>>> Back on the Open Profile window, the newly created profile is 
>>>> listed.
>>>> Select "Open".  This brings up an annoying little "Useful tips 
>>>> Page" which
>>>> you can disable...and two other windows.  The Psi window will be 
>>>> your main
>>>> menu type of window.  In the New Account window, type in a name you 
>>>> would
>>>> like to call your account.  Select "register this account" if this 
>>>> is the
>>>> first time you created this account.  On the Register Account Page, 
>>>> type in
>>>> a Jabber ID (a name you want to be called on Jabber in the format
>>>> username at jabber.mcs.anl.gov) and a password.  Select "Manually 
>>>> Select Server
>>>> Host/Port" and type in host box  jabber.mcs.anl.gov, and in the 
>>>> port box
>>>> 5222.  If you select "Use SSL encryption (to server) use the 
>>>> following port:
>>>> 5223. Click "register" when you are finished.
>>>> Once you have created your account, go back to the Psi main window. 
>>>>  Your
>>>> name should appear in the list next to a gray star (this means you 
>>>> are
>>>> offline).  At the bottom of this window are two buttons.  The 
>>>> status button
>>>> on the lower right displays your current status.  Click on this 
>>>> button to
>>>> display a drop down menu.  When you select "Online" you will be 
>>>> connected to
>>>> the jabber server at Argonne, and you little star will turn yellow. 
>>>>  The
>>>> other button will give you additional menu options.
>>>> Select join group chat to join everyone else in the meadow. Type in 
>>>> host
>>>> name "conference.mcs.anl.gov" , room is "meadow", and any nickname 
>>>> you would
>>>> like to be know by in that room.  This will bring up a window that 
>>>> might
>>>> look familiar to you....just type in the lower box, it will be 
>>>> display your
>>>> text in the top box along with other peoples text.  The list on the 
>>>> right
>>>> will show you who's in that room with you.
>>>> Try this tool out - we will be using it during the testing sessions 
>>>> from now
>>>> on, so you will have lots of practice before SC Global!
>>>> These instructions will be available from
>>>> http://www.mcs.anl.gov/fl/research/accessgrid/software/jabber.html
>>>> --Ivan
>>>> PS -- I'm sending this so you all consider this official, but all 
>>>> the work
>>>> of writing these instructions was done by Cindy Sievers. I'll take 
>>>> the blame
>>>> for any mistakes, but you should all appreciate the work she put 
>>>> into making
>>>> this happen. She's kept it from getting stuck in my queue. Thanks 
>>>> Cindy!
> --
>   Dwight D. McKay, Technical Architect
>   Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, IT at P, Purdue University
>   mckay at purdue.edu / v: 765.494.4481 / f: 765.496.7264 / STEW B31

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