Jabber Jabber Jabber

JabberfoxIt worked! I was able to chat this evening in The Screen Saver chat room using Mac OS X and the JabberFox jabber client. It’s a lot nicer, frankly, to use a Jabber client than the Java stuff. I can control the look and feel better, and it doesn’t take over my screen.
Thanks to Grady Joslin who sent me these VERY complete instructions:

Heya Leo,

This is Grady Joslin, one of the chat hosts. Cindy Wakeman told me you’re having problems in logging into to the chat during chat hours using OSX. I have used a few of them and found ways into getting into chat using PSI client and JabberFox.

Here is what I did to get into chat. After a lot of trial and error, strangely, this seems to work. First for both, I’d logged into chat via Java. I don’t know why but it sort of initializes the client access.


Go to account set up by clicking the (I U tuning fork looking symbol) Account Setup. Click Add. Here is what I put in mine.

Name: TechTv
ChatHost: cgi.techtv.com
Port: 5223
Use SSL encryption (unchecked)
Username: usernamehere
Password: password
Saved Password (checked)
Use plaintext login (checked)
Manually specify Jabber host (unchecked)
Resource: Psi
Priority: 1

I didn’t touch the proxy, nor the details tab, and in Preferences tab I left Automatically connect on startup and reconnected untouched. I also left Log message history and Keep alive packets checked. And Ignore SSL warnings unchecked.

Now here is the strange part. After you click okay to this. The port sometimes goes back to 5222, so go back and make sure its 5223.Then it should connect.


This one is a little easier.When the login pane comes up. I inputted username and password, then checked “Remember password.”

For Resource: JabberFox
Server: cgi.techtv.com:5223
Use SSL (unchecked)

This should work when you connect.

Cya in chat.

– Grady Joslin
TechTV Chat Host.

Thanks, Grady! Similar settings should work for Windows and Linux Jabber clients.

9 Replies to “Jabber Jabber Jabber”

  1. Hey Dave,
    I can get you some screen shots by tomorrow for the directions. – Grady

  2. No problem Leo! Glad to help! And thank you for putting me on your blog too! I also have to give some credit to Dave Plotts, because I kept referring to his site while I was tinkering with the Jabber program. He gave me a point of reference to start from. And there with fiddling with it, I’d finally got in! 🙂 Some reason at least on the Mac side, Jabber clients are kind of picky on how you set them up. So Glad this can help anyone and Leo too!:) Take care all – Grady Joslin
    P.S. I just love being a tinker:) hehe:D

  3. I would say the port number is the biggest reason why people can’t connect. About a third of the clients keep going back to port 5222 (the default). So every time you change a setting you have to change the port back to 5223. Some clients like JabberFox don’t have a specific port number box, so you end up having to put the port number at the end of the server box.
    If someone wants to grab a few screen shots of mac clients, and email them to me jabber@davidplotts.com, I’ll add them to Grady’s directions and post them with the other directions at my Jabber setup page http://www.davidplotts.com/jabber.htm
    Hopefully the word will get around TechTV to use a Jabber client…the Tech Live staff appears to have had a problem getting in with the Java client for their Wednesday chats.

  4. Ni hao Mr. Laporte,
    This is kind of a silly question. But maybe it is not, is this only for TechTV people or is the general public able to sign up on this server as well?
    Because I did try and sign in. Saying I was creating a new account and gave all of my information along with the correct port number. Then it gave back a error saying that the server was not configured to accept new users.
    Anyways just making a observation.

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