So, in an effort to try to utilize my actual site a bit more, I’ve added in the nifty Wordbook plugin for WordPress. Hopefully, I’ll post here more now, since it’ll also be posted on my Facebook Wall at the same time.
As I said, most of you won’t care about this.
So, lots of people using third-party IM clients noticed last week that their Yahoo connectivity broke. This is because Yahoo discontinued older versions of their client protocol, and this broke a lot of third-party apps that used those versions of the protocol, notably multi-IM apps. Pidgin and Carrier (a branch of Pidgin) are notable examples of cross-platform open source multi-protocol IM apps that were broken with this.
I’ve personally gotten spoiled and lazy from Carrier (and Trillian before that), having one app that I can use for most of the IM services I use all together, not having to hassle with multiple seperate clients (though occasionally I’ve loaded up a distinct client for specific features that Carrier doesn’t support – but for just general, chatting with people, having 1 app to use is nice). Having one of the core points of functionality broken on Carrier has been an irritant for me the last several days.
Pidgin already released a 2.5.7 upgrade, which fixes the Yahoo issues. Carrier has a 2.5.7 release in work on the SVN, but for most people, trying to checkout/download files from the SVN, get all the stuff together to compile the code yourself, build the installer, etc., is just way too much work. There’ll probably be a new installer for Windows out for Carrier 2.5.7 sometime this week.
Until then, if you happen to use Carrier and want to fix your Yahoo . . . there’s a pretty simple fix – you can snag the new libyahoo.dll from Pidgin 2.5.7 and overwrite the one in Carrier 2.5.5, and it seems to restore Yahoo functionality. Here’s a download for just the libyahoo.dll, zipped up for easy management (since you can’t easily install Pidgin to get it out without messing up your Carrier install): libyahoo.zip
Unzip the libyahoo.dll and overwrite your current one (the new one Will be smaller than the one in Carrier 2.5.5), in your Carrier/plugins/ folder – make sure Carrier isn’t running when you do that. Start up Carrier, and you should connect to Yahoo again.