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OfB.biz: Jabbering Along With tkcJabber

Sep 23, 2002, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

[ Thanks to Timothy R. Butler for this link. ]

"Since its public release early this year, the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 has been lauded as an extremely powerful PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). Even the general media, such as eWEEK and MSNBC, have noted how the Zaurus is almost like a laptop in a smaller form factor. Especially now with the advent of Sharp Mobile Services, the SL-5500, with its retractable keyboard, seems well suited to mobile communications.

"Yet, obviously there is something missing from this puzzle--that is, the communications software. While the Zaurus actually has an extremely competent connectivity suite, no instant messaging software is included. Especially with the aforementioned keyboard, this device begs for that type of software, and tkcJabber answers the call.

"TkcJabber, which is produced by Rancho Santa Margarita, California-based theKompany, Inc., is a client for the Free Software instant messaging system known as Jabber. Jabber works in much the same fashion as better known protocols such as AOL Instant Messenger or MSN Messenger, allowing you to have real-time conversations with others. Unlike the others, however, Jabber does not have a central server like those services, but instead uses a decentralized system similar to the way e-mail works..."

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