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Thought I’d post this because I noticed how much space those stupid ads in AIM took up. Because of the smaller screen, the ads take most of your friends from your viewing, making you scroll a bunch just to see more than 5 friends in the list. I found this program that removes the ads and makes the buddy list actually usable.
Just uncheck “Download aim .whatever” if you have it already.
It just totally removes the ads and makes the list look like this:
This may be against their terms and conditions of use so check carefully and understand what you are doing!
I don’t use IM that often anymore, but when I do I use Trillian. No ads, does all your IM services, lets you rename contacts (who’s SomeGuy345978 again?), and all sorts of other goodness.
There are other multiple IM service clients out there as well.
Yeah there are a bunch of clients out there, but over the years I got used to the layout of AIM. I have Pidgin installed on my flash drive, I was going to use that if I couldn’t get rid of the ads.
I’d switch to either Pidgin or Digsby.
Pidgin is probably the most popular of multiple IM clients. No adware, no bloat, cross platform and open source. Digsby is fairly new, comprehensive (includes Twitter to) and very sleek. No ads but you do need to reject all the extras it will ask to install, and also be aware that by default it runs a grid computing app in the background when idle (you know the kind that searches for cures for diseases or alien life), but that can be disabled from the Help menu. Though it doesn’t run it when on battery.
I’ve used Trillian before but it’s closed source and the free version is limited.
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