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GTalk, added services

Posted by Varun

Personally I love GTalk.It is so simple and uncluttered when compared to others like YIM,etc.Now after some e-rummaging,I found some nice tricks and addons for this app.

1.Running multiple Gtlalk instances:
I have 3 accounts which I give out to different categories of contacts (let's just say I'm Uberorganized).It's such a HUGE pain in the backside to sign out and sign in again using different accounts to talk to my contacts! Not any more,not since I found this while surfing.The trick isn't necessarily new,but hey,I found it very useful..
OK so what you do is look for your Gtalk shortcut.If there isn't one,create it.Now right click it,go to properties.Under target add the startup option 'nomutex' (see image below)

And voila! you can start multiple Gtalk windows,log in to different accounts and blabber away :D

2.There are always too many friends online.Friends and *contacts* with whom you really don't want to chat right now.There is a busy mode for this but that might scare away people you don't mind having a chat with.Worry not,my friends,gAlwaysidle is at your service! Get the setup (small,about 1 megabyte) from here and install.Now log into Gtlak.Right click the gtalk icon in the tray and select always idle.Your status will change to Idle.

Credits: A shoutout to Vedang for this app

3.Chat in Hindi,tamil,etc:
Have to say,this,I didn't know.You can chat in regional language using a google talkbot.Fire up Gtalk and add the following format to your contacts: using one of the following language pairs

ar2en, en2ar (Arabic<->English)
bg2en, en2bg (Bulgarian<->English)
cs2en, en2cs (Czech <-> English)
da2en, en2da (Danish<->English)
de2en, en2de (German<->English)
de2fr, fr2de (German<->French)
el2en, en2el (Greek<->English)
es2en, en2es (Spanish<->English)
fi2en, en2fi (Finnish<->English)
fr2en, en2fr (French<->English)
hi2en, en2hi (Hindi<->English)
hr2en, en2hr (Croatian<->English)
it2en, en2it (Italian<->English)
ja2en, en2ja (Japanese<->English)
ko2en, en2ko (Korean<->English)
nl2en, en2nl (Dutch<->English)
no2en, en2no (Norwegian<->English)
pl2en, en2pl (Polish<->English)
pt2en, en2pt (Portuguese<->English)
ro2en,en2ro (Romanian<->English)
ru2en, en2ru (Russian<->English)
sv2en, en2sv (Swedish<->English)
zh2en, en2zh (Chinese<->English)
zh-hant2en, en2zh-hant (Traditional Chinese<->English)
zh-hant2zh, zh2zh-hant (Traditional Chinese<->Simplified Chinese)

for example to chat in Hindi add .In a matter of seconds the bot should add you back.Now when chatting with your friends,open a chat window with the bot.Type in english and send the message to the bot.It will reply in the language you chose.


I also read somewhere that the new Gtalk version will use HTML,CSS to render,like webpages.Some major Skinnage ahead!

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Deepak said...

thank you for sharing this...
I type in orkut in the regional language...
and then copy and paste in gtalk....

you have mentioned a much simpler method!

Tejas Lakhani said...

This is nice one indeed

Arjun Choudary said...

This was really really helpful for me..
Thanks a ton for that....
Hey, u know anything abt using smileys on Gtalk...??


Anshul said...

that was very useful information buddy... hope to see some more useful stuff...