I would enjoy talking to anyone who reads this blog, so I guess I will give you my e-mail and IM names.
E-Mail: monsuco at gmail dot com(remove the spaces and replace the at and dot with their correct symbols)
MSN: kwestboy at comcast dot net (don't e-mail this address, I no longer use it)
Google Talk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also while I am on the topic of instant messaging, I would like to mention one of my favorite instant messaging programs, Gaim. I have a link to the Gaim site down at the bottom of this page, and I have it there for a dang good reason. Gaim is definitely one of the best pieces of IM software available. What it is is an open source program that can access almost all of the chat and instant messaging programs around. It is currently compatible with:
OSCAR (AOL's proprietary IM protocol. AIM and ICQ both run on the OSCAR protocol and use the same server, and yes, a person on AIM can send an IM to a person on ICQ)
BLOGGER (you have to download a plug in for this)
Battle.net (also requires a plug in)
Gadu-Gadu (an IM service popular in Poland)
Groupwise (a server application made by Novel)
IRC (Internet Relay Chat is a very popular chat room protocol)
Jabber (An open source IM protocol, it's most notable use is with Google Talk)
MSN (The MSN messenger service)
Napster (No, you cannot download music, but there is an open source chat protocol based on Napster's software)
QQ (An IM service that is popular in China, you will need to download a plugin for this)
Sametime (It has something to do with lotus, and it requires a plugin)
SILC (Secure Internet Live Confrencing is a chat room protocol similar to IRC but it concentrates far more on security. All messages sent of SILC are encrypted, and it is possible to make private encrypted channels.)
SNPP (Allows you to send messages to pagers, this requires a plugin)
XFire (reqires a plugin)
Yahoo (send IM's through the yahoo IM service)
Gaim also allows you to download plugins that enable encryption of certain protocols, such as OSCAR and IRC. (SILC is always encrypted, even without this plugin)
You can find the plugins for Gaim at Source Forge
. While you are there, you should consider bookmarking Source Forge, as it is one of the best sites avalible to download open source programs. In case you do not know what open source is, I will tell you. Open source software is software that has a special end user liscense that gives you, the end user permission to use the software (for free), view and modify the coding of the software (for example, you may legally reverse engenier the program all you want), create plugins (programs that enhance functionallity of the software), and redistribute the software. Also, even buisnesses may use open source products for free (and modify the coding and the like).
A simple way of summing up the defenition of open source is anyone may download the program for free, anyone may modify the program for free, and anyone may redistribute copies of the program (including modified copies) for free. The advantages of using open source programs (such as Gaim) are:
1. Far greater security: If someone finds a security hole in the openly viewable coding of open source software, and they figure out how to change the program so that the security flaw is no longer a threat, they can usually submit their version of the software to the open source comunity and that fixed security flaw will most likely be repaired in the official version.
2. Rapid growth: Because anyone can view the coding to open source software, anyone who knows how to program and has something they want to add to the software to add to functionality, they can do so and submit their version of the software to the open source community.
3. People can write plugins which are programs that add a feature or make a change to the way the software works.
4. Commercial instetutions can use the software: To have a liscense classified as open source, the program must be avalible to everyone who wants it, including buisnesses. This is not true of freeware.
5. Open Source almost never will contain any malware: If a program is open source, and it's makers tried to include malware, programers would find out and critisize the program into submition or they would redistribute versions of the software that lacked the malware.
I am a very big fan of open source software, and I use several open source pieces of software on a day to day basis. I believe that open source programs such as Linux, Open office, Gaim, Firefox, and Thunderbird will one day become major challenges to closed source software companies such as microsoft because a company out to make money cannot compeate with a user ran piece of software that is made by and for it's users.
Also, if you want to get a version of Gaim for your USB keydrive, zip disk, Jar disk, removable hard drive, or super floppy, you can use the official version from Source Forge, or I made a self extracting file which can be downloaded here
. I made the encryption extentions work with it and added in extra protocol support. Also, other extentions have been installed on it. I will try to update it, but if I forget to update it more than a few days after they release a new version of Gaim portable, let me know through e-mail.
My biggest intrest is technology. I have always been facinated by it. Ever since I was forced to learn to type because my writting was unreadable to my teachers, I have been learning more and more about technology. It is amazing. I don't know what will happen in the next ten years, but I know it will be impressive. I have a few theories about what will happen soon. I have theories on the future of all different types of technology. I will start with what I believe will be the future of internet access:
I believe that DSL, Cable, and satalite one day will compleatly replace dial-up. I will explain what exactly each of these technologies is.
I will start with explaining DSL. DSL is, for those of you who don't know, a method of connecting to the internet using your phone line, but it doesn't clog the phone. How, simple. Your telephone uses analog signals, but it only uses about 3% of all the avalible frequencies on the copper wires located in a phone line. DSL uses that other 97% for internet. Currently, DSL is limited by distance. Phone signals couldn't travel very far were it not for amplification devices, that is devices placed every so many miles on a phone line that rebroadcast the phone signal. Special amplification devices must be added to the phone line to strengthen those DSL signals every so many miles as well. Also, most fiber optic lines cannot carry DSL signals without special converters and special fiber optic lines. However improvments are being made in fiber optic lines to convert and trasmit DSL. Soon you may not have to live near your phone company to get DSL. I believe DSL will drop from being $30 or so a month, to being $15 a month due to heavy competition amongst phone companies.
Cable may be around for a while, but I doubt cable will stay on cable wires forever. I believe soon, cable based internet will be moved to the section of the frequency spectrum currently used for analog television. I have heard the government has plans to buy back that end of the frequency spectrum and resell it to sources such as this. I believe that an individual will not have a cable ISP, but they will be comunal, payed for by home owners assosiations. Each little comunity will have an internet broadcast station funded by HOA money. The broadcast station will be connected to all the nearby houses to provide them with internet service. The tower will transmit and recieve information to and from their ISP company over reasonable distances (a few miles). Also, all those houses will have both CAT5 and Wi-Fi. CAT5 for desktops, Wi-Fi networks for laptops.
Satalite internet will probably grow. I believe it will become common in rual areas were little else is avalible. Directway is currently one of the few satalite internet providers, but I believe soon they will face great competition. Satalite internet holds great potential in remote areas that currently would be stuck with dial up. I believe satalite internet will eventually drop from costing $60 a month to $30 a month.
Wi-Fi is currently popular in coffee shops and such, but I believe it will be replaced by a newer technology. I am not certain of the exact name of this new technology, but basicly you replace your Wi-Fi card with a special reciever and a transmiter similar to a cell phone transmiter. Currently there are hacks for the Treo smartphone
that let you recieve dial up from anywere using blue tooth, and there is Verison broaband access which is like Wi-Fi only without having to be in a hotspot. Also, Google is looking into becoming a free Wi-Fi ISP that will support it's service with ads.
I will make more predictions on technology latter. (Heh, seeing as how I am very interested in technology, I bet I will talk a lot about technology in my blogs. I may even give you some tips.