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Friday (8/8/08) 3:09pm - ... wherein Peter has more data that needs collating.

Okay, now that I've got email squared away, my attention now turns to IM....

Currently I'm running Trillian on my home machine, my work machine, and my laptop.  Trillian saves chat histories in local text files -- one text file for each user.  Naturally, all these files are out of sync -- some of my chats are on one computer, some of my chats are on another.  (And, if I ever start using the iPhone AIM app, there will be chats on *that*, too.  (*groan*)

This makes searching chat histories (not to mention backups) a bit problematic.  I can never access all of my chat histories at once.

I'd like to find a solution that lets me:
1.  Upload my existing chat histories to some common location.
2.  Add all ongoing chats to that common location.
3.  Perform periodic backups from that common location.

titus98usn suggested Meebo, a multiservice IM client that solves #2 by keeping all the chat histories on a server.  (It also has an iPhone app -- w00t!)  However, it doesn't solve #1 (you can't import old chat histories into Meebo) or #3 (you can't download your chat history from meebo's server).

IM-History purports to take care of #1 (it can import from Trillian) and #2, but doesn't fix #3 and (more important) doesn't actually work on my work computer. So those are some drawbacks.

I suppose if worse comes to worse, I can just write an app that collates Trillian files, and manually get all my sets of chat files on to one machine, and manually redistribute the collated histories to all my machines.  That solves all three problems *except* for any chatting I do on the iPhone.

Anybody know how I deal with this?

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From:zinereem
Date:Friday (8/8/08) 3:52pm
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I don't have a solution, but I'd really like one. I think the market's wide open for a good robust solution to this.
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (8/8/08) 4:21pm
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*nods*

If I find something that works, I'll be sure to post about it....
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From:hujhax
Date:Saturday (1/31/09) 4:03pm
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ping!
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From:hujhax
Date:Tuesday (8/3/10) 3:00pm
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Apparently the next version of Trillian will have chat-log-syncing built in.
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From:evilkatie
Date:Saturday (8/9/08) 12:35am
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I used to use trillian. it was awesome. but now I like the gmail chat thing.
that is all.
/not-helpfulness

:-P
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