...shortly after our series of articles on Yahoo! Messenger Skins I playing around with some graphics from Fool's House, while doing so I whipped up some more YIM skins (bee's Knitting, bee's Shark and bee's Cowboy) during this time I finally got access to Yahoo! Messenger from my Yahoo! Mail account... woohoo! I was hoping this feature would inspire me back onto the Yahoo wagon but I quickly categorised it as "too little, too late" and promptly trotted off to bee.geek.nz to blow some dust bunnies away in the hope I would find a distraction that I could get my teeth stuck into... and I found it... all thanks to Twitter and Andy's Yahoo Messenger Twitter Sync Plugin.
I'm a Twitter addict, it's a great way to stay up to date with what my friends are doing, yes I could fire up any one of the numerous Instant Messenger programs that I have but its not as simple as that, it feels time zones are always against me or my friends are at work when I have a moment to talk and vice versa or we're just too dang busy with life... take my dear wee friend Twendy. Twendy's a moderator over at WackyB.com, every now and then she passes through our WackyB.co.nz forum, she's on my Yahoo Messenger friends list, also lives in NZ so time zones aren't an issue.. but work and life zones are, yes we email spasmodically but I miss out on all her little day to day happenings... so in kicks Twitter which keeps me right up to date with all the bits I miss out on :)
I hummed for a little while... I then peered at my to-do list... nothing inspired me. Next I swivelled around in my chair until I was more lightheaded than I normally am... but still no inspiration... I inhaled more coffee.. not a nada of inspiration... eventually I decided to poke my nose over Andy's desk to see what he was up to... actually it was more an attempt to be annoying :D anyways, at the time he was head down bum up putting the finishing touches on YIM Skin Maker PLUS++ and there was little I could do to capture his attention.. apart from ask him about his latest project... so ask I did and that's how our new seriers of articles on Yahoo! Messenger Skins got started :)
For interests sake, we also touched on the Pink Skin that Yahoo! currently has available for download on their Yahoo! Messenger website. This skin isn't currently compatible with Yahoo! Messenger v8.1 nor are the other 3 skins they provide (Celadon,
Gray / Orange), the most noticeable omission is the Plugins icon from the toolbar but we've provided some quick fix instructions for this issue, along with some more remedies for other Pink Skin quirks :)
"...Also, I think there is an easter egg emoticon in there for Bee, no? "
...and that's what set into motion our latest marathon effort of reviewing Yahoo! Messenger for the Web and tracking down any new smileys, which as you can see from the smiley posted above, was a successful mission :D As it's nearly 1am and we've been at it since 6am, it's time for us to turn in... I'm completely knackerd.. but still a buzzing (or should that be :bz'in ;) either way it's time for us to shut down for the night (before we fall down ;) but before we go:
Since that day, Andy has tweaked it to included all of the Yahoo! Messenger smileys up to, and including, v8.1, he's changed the colour scheme (it was blue), added an R.I.P indicator (which shows you the key combination of the last smiley you missed), added a High Score Page and he did other twiddley little things that have short words and long meanings that go right over my head.... anyways.. here it is... the recent version of EmotiBlaster.. thank you Chris for letting us use your game again :)
simply because I've recently bumped into quite a few people still running beta releases of Yahoo! Messenger version 8 :)
The last version 8 beta was 220.127.116.118 (released 5 July 06), the first GA out the door on 27 July 06 was 18.104.22.1682 and there has been a few versions released since so do give some consideration to upgrading to something a little more stable and if you need a couple of great reasons why you should upgrade sooner rather than later, check out the following...
"A vulnerability has been identified in Yahoo! Messenger, which could be exploited by remote attackers to cause a denial of service. This flaw is due to a NULL pointer dereference error when processing conference invites containing a specially crafted "room name" parameter, which could be exploited by remote attackers to crash a vulnerable client via a malicious invite request."