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alternatives to ICQ

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by deep, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Just reformatted my system and went to install the latest version of ICQ (2002) and found a lot of annoying editions, the final straw against it for me. Went and took a look again at the alternatives : Miranda ICQ and Trillian.

    Miranda ICQ focuses on minimalism where Trillian is a little more feature packed. I haven't yet given Trillian a run, but so far I'm pretty impressed with Miranda. It's matured a lot since I first tried it a couple years ago, has a nice and clean interface, isn't bloated like the regular ICQ, and seems to have everything you need. As well it has a pile of plugins, skins and icons, and apparently integrates with the MSN network as well.

    Check it out - I'll be using this for the next little while.

    Miranda ICQ : http://miranda-icq.sourceforge.net/

    Trillian : http://www.trillian.cc
  2. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    It bears mentioning that neither program has ads.
  3. joey

    joey TRIBE Member

    is it worth getting either of these?

    i have icq, msn and yahoo but i only really use icq..
    the other ones have like one ot two people on it who arent on icq..

    cant trillian run them all at one time or some jazz?
  4. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Yeah, trillian can run them all at once. I got irritated with trillian midway through installation and opted to stick with Miranda ICQ for now.
  5. PosTMOd

    PosTMOd Well-Known TRIBEr

    I could never get trillian to work... everything seems to set up smooth, and then... nothing...

    Just tried again. Oh, well...
  6. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    I'm really liking Miranda ICQ anyways. The database / contact list conversion / import process is problem free, it seems to have all the features that I need and use, without any of the bloat of regular ICQ. It seems to be highly configurable as well, uses minimal resources. So far pretty impressive. We'll see how it pans out in the long run. I've since uninstalled ICQ and am using this exclusively.
  7. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    you mean there are other programs out there that are compatible with my current ICQ database?

    I'm in love!
  8. -ravetrash-

    -ravetrash- TRIBE Member

    I can confirm the wondefulness of Miranda.
    Download it. So much better than regular icq.
  9. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Yeap. Even has a wizard after installation that automagically imports contact list and history. Has a neat web based installation utility too that automatically picks ahead of time plugins you may be interested in, skins, etc. And the footprint of the program is tiny. Under win2k has neat features like transparency etc. built in to the program itself. You can replace the icons used so you're not stuck with the same homogay flowers ICQ uses.
  10. -ravetrash-

    -ravetrash- TRIBE Member

    Hey, shut up. I like the homogay flowers.
  11. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    One thing i really liked about ICQ 2001+ is the fact that my contact list is uploaded to their web database so anytime I reformat or install on a remote computer my contact list is automatically downloaded. So no re-authorizing required even if i don't have my DB files handy.

    Can miranda do this?
  12. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    that's because you've got the gheigh

    if you were a ww2 fighter pilot dropping gaytomic bombs on japan you would have flown the enola gay
  13. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Don't think so. But I think there is a plugin designed for people who run multiple copies of miranda on different machines.
  14. I prefer to think of it as being in touch with my ICQ feminine side.

    From the Ministry of sensitive ICQ user of 2002, that likes to read poetry and think about the meaning of true love.

    Prime Minister Highsteppa
  15. -ravetrash-

    -ravetrash- TRIBE Member

    There's no way for me to recover from that. I officialy retreat from this thread, a sad and broken man.
  16. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    I was especially impressed at the enola gay bit.
  17. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    I also want to add...

    For every enemy that pops up on his ghey-dar that he shoots down, he'll paint a flower on his plane each time to represent the kill.
  18. -ravetrash-

    -ravetrash- TRIBE Member

    My dignity has been violated even further.
    You win... let me die in peace.
  19. bucky

    bucky TRIBE Member

    AOL Instant Messenger..... must be primarily an American thing it seems.....
  20. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    I say we're even.. you violate me on the battlefeild..
    but then again, everyone does.

    <---- gomer pile.

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