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Build 53 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 53, r21752 r21804) which introduces many new features and enhancements. As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Lowered Digsby’s CPU usage by about 30% (tech jargon: switched from Python 2.5 to 2.6 and moved to the Intel compiler)
  • Improved the reliability and speed of file transfers for both AIM and MSN protocols
  • Added an option for new IM windows to start hidden and blink the tray icon instead of popping up a window
  • Added support for setting status on your MySpace account
  • Added new emoticon packs and changed the default emoticon pack
  • The infobox now uses the same user interface control as the IM window. This will make it much faster and more versatile
  • Added support for Google Talk shared-status so Gtalk accounts now support the “Invisible” status

This release is packed full of new features so we are expecting some new bugs to pop up. If you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

This update is pretty large (13.2 MB) so the auto-update may take some time.  We are going to change how the auto-update system works in the future so Digsby logs in and then downloads updates unless there are critical protocol fixes.  It will then apply the update next time you run Digsby.  This way logging in is never delayed.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

Update (4/30/09 2:00pm): Thank you all for helping test this new alpha release.  We just pushed out a patch fixing most of the issues reported and are working on fixing the remaining bugs now.  The new release number is r21804 and includes the following fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that caused some services to fail to connect when connecting through a proxy
  • Fixed a bug that caused Google Talk to fail to connect if your firewall blocks the default port it tries
  • Fixed a bug that caused your MySpace status to clear when you click “Cancel” instead of just leaving the status untouched
  • Fixed a bug that caused conversation log files to load as gibberish into the IM window when the conversation was in a language other than English
  • Fixed a bug that caused AIM status messages and profiles to show without the background color in the infobox
  • Fixed a bug that caused your font selection in Preferences > Conversations to not save when you changed it
  • Fixed a bug that caused the bottom of the infobox to not show a border
  • Fixed a few bugs with AIM file transfers
  • Fixed a bug with the new hidden conversations feature that caused incoming IMs to show twice in the IM window when you click the tray icon

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Stop the Cap!

Update: Time Warner cancels plans for tiered Internet pricing!  WIN!  More details here.

As a Rochester company, we are in tune with a lot of what goes on in our hometown.  We don’t usually meddle in local issues but this is a topic we are all passionate about so we wanted share it with all of you.

Time Warner Cable announced that it would be switching from a  flat monthly rate for Internet access to tiered pricing that is based on consumption.  The $29.99 plan will be capped at 10GB of bandwidth and you will be charged $1/GB for any usage beyond that.  If you want your good ‘ole unlimited bandwidth Internet access you will end up paying as much as $150 per month!

So how much is 10GB anyway?  They make it sound like they are only doing this to stop all those software-pirating BitTorrent users.  Here is a legitimate use case. If you purchase the high-def version of Quantum of Solace on iTunes, that is a 3.54GB download.  Buy three movies in one month and you hit the 10GB limit.

Besides the above use case, there are innovative new products launching every day that require large amounts of bandwidth.  Services like streaming video on Netflix or Hulu, video conferencing, and gaming are all going to suffer.  Innovation in general will suffer because you are limited in the kinds of applications you are able to create.

We are not alone! New York Congressman Eric Massa announced the Massa Broadband Internet Fairness Act, which would prohibit unfair tiered price structures and countless people are voicing their opinions in various ways.

So what can you do? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Having a discussion about the issue is how you create awareness.

If you are a local Rochesterian, there will be protest this Saturday that you can attend to make your voice heard! Here are the event details:

  • Facebook Event Info
  • Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
  • Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: Time Warner Cable Store
  • Address: 71 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY

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Build 52 – MySpace is Your Space

We just pushed an update to all users (Build 52, r21443) which fixes a few bugs that were introduced in the last release and also includes a patch for a change in the MySpace protocol. Notable changes include:

  • MySpace newsfeed is back (protocol change patch)
  • Fixed two bugs that caused incoming IMs to not show in rare cases
  • Fixed a bug that caused plugins like LinkedIn and “Listening to” not to load

If you experience any bugs please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

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Build 52 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 52, r21404) which fixes a few bugs that were introduced in the last release and also includes a patch for a change in the MySpace protocol.

Our goal is to push this build out to all users ASAP as long as no new issues have been introduced.  So, if you catch any new bugs please let us know. Notable changes include:

  • MySpace newsfeed is back (protocol change patch)
  • Fixed two bugs that caused incoming IMs to not show in rare cases
  • Fixed a bug that caused plugins like LinkedIn and “Listening to” not to load

If you experience any bugs please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com so we can fix them before this build goes live for all users.

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