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A new version of Fire, the premier multi-protocol chat client for OS X, came out today. The interface and functionality is definitely improving, but it's got a long way to go. For some reason Interface Builder corrupted the main nib when I opened it, so I couldn't hack the menus.

John Marriott mentioned to me on IRC that he was working on a URL-launching window for OS X, something like the old “Connect To…” AppleScript that was in the Apple menu. In Mac OS 9 it was planned to replace it with a NSL browser. That happened, eventually in OS X, but the standalone Network Browser was lost at the same time. So much for progress.

Well, my idea was to reimplement ICeTEe as a Cocoa input manager this weekend. It should be a reasonably quick hack, and I'd really appreciate having it.

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