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January 21st, 2007
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I'm looking at the list of new features in Trillian Astra, the long-awaited new version of the all-in-one IM client.  This one made me chuckle:

Buzz

By popular request, Trillian Astra now supports the "buzz" feature of many other IM clients. Buzzing your contact is an incredibly annoying way to quickly get their attention. We apologize in advance for coding this.

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From:coleoptera
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
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I recall Yahoo having that, and it being poorly implemented and just a really stupid concept period. They have a lot of karma to recoup now. I don't think I'll ever use Trillian again now.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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Buzz is one of the most annoying features of YIM, especially since it's so easy to accidentally key.
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From:dcseain
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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Buzz is one of the most annoying features of YIM, especially since it's so easy to accidentally key.
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From:vvalkyri
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
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what the heck is it?
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From:dcseain
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
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you click a button in the YIM window, or hit ctrl+g, and it puts BUZZ! in your window and causes it to shake back and forth briefly in the forefront.
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From:dcseain
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
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That is, it shakes the window of the person one sends the buzz to.
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From:coleoptera
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
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It's like whining in some ways. Loudly.
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From:happypete
Date:January 22nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)

and don't forget...

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the annoying noise!
From:mama_hogswatch
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:January 22nd, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)

nod nod...

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I just found their "apology in advance" amusing.

now, if they had said it was popularly requested but they were NOT coding it, that would be different.
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From:prettypammie
Date:January 22nd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)

Re: nod nod...

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Oh, good - let me go download it! I always fail to get your attention bc you are lost in all your windows and have forgotten that we are firmly committed to do something or other terribly important three hours ago - I think buzz is the tool of choice for spouses of over-geeky distractible people. Yay Buzz!!

-P
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