I continue to be operating under the impression that this is the correct forum to ask about iChat problems. This time it’s general flakeness over the past week or two. Examples:
- I came back from lunch last week and found that iChat was spinning. Jenny left me a bunch of notes, none of which showed up before I force-quit (past tense: forced-quit or force-quited?) it.
- iChat at home decided to start trying to sign on while I was at work for no apparent reason.
- iChat has been dying quite a bit, especially around file transfers.
My paranoid, unsupported by any evidence hypothesis is that AOL has been tweaking the AIM network and since Apple will be supporting Jabber in Mac OS X Server and iChat when 10.4 (X.IV) comes out AOL hasn’t been keeping Apple up-to-date on their changes.
Jabber is an instant messaging system that is not controlled by any one company, so it’s a threat to AOL’s IM business. Jabber is to AOL IM what internet email is to the AOL email in the early 90s that only let you email other AOL users.
Now that I have a hypothesis I need data points to support it, so iChat has been bugging out more than usual for you too, let me know in the comments. If not, you should probably comment so I’ll know that they got to you first.