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 Updated: Custom Games Patch
Updated: Custom Games Patch

dwergs says ( 20 Dec 2003 ):

 

The custom games patch that adds unofficial yet very cool extra games to MSN Messenger 6 has been updated for the new version 6.1.0207. The patch will also add tabs from some of our partners Neowin, Msgplus and MSNFanatic.

By the way, we're sorry for the current slow speed of games.mess.be and we hope to improve this ASAP.

[Reported by: Koen and jasonsn]



 Updated: Jnrz loader for MSN Messnger 6.1.0207
Updated: Jnrz loader for MSN Messnger 6.1.0207

SLim_Shady says ( 20 Dec 2003 ):

 

Jnrz has made a new version of his Jnrz loader for MSN Messenger 6.1.0207. This piece of software will allow you to sign in as Appear Offline, and to launch multiply MSN Messengers together (polygamy). Note: this is a loader, *NOT* a patch!

Download here.

[Reported by: Wabz]



 Updated: Messenger Plus! 2.54
Updated: Messenger Plus! 2.54

SLim_Shady says ( 20 Dec 2003 ):

 

Messenger Plus! version 2.54 has been released. As always, you'll find bug fixes and new features. This time, the interesting new stuff is called "Come-back Message". You can now right click on an offline contact and enter a message that will be automatically sent next time your contact signs-in. Also, you can use the (!M) and (!N) tags in your custom names to automatically add the email or the original name of your contact. Example: "Charlot [(!N)]".

Go'n'download it right away!

[Reported by: Wabz | Source: MsgPlus!.net]



 Added: MSN Messenger Patcher++ for 6.1.0207
Added: MSN Messenger Patcher++ for 6.1.0207

dwergs says ( 19 Dec 2003 ):

 

Onno's Patcher++ leaves you the choice between removing the ads, enabling polygamy or both. You can also uninstall afterwards. And now it's available for the new version of MSN Messenger 6.1.0207 released today. Download Patcher++.



 New Ebay tab for Canadians
New Ebay tab for Canadians

dwergs says ( 19 Dec 2003 ):

 

Seems like MSN is getting serious about adding tabs from their partners to regional versions of the MSN Messenger software. A tab from Ebay.ca made its debut earlier today to Canadian users.

[Reported by: p4 and c00ly]



 New MSN skins forum from shadyskinning.com
New MSN skins forum from shadyskinning.com

zipp says ( 19 Dec 2003 ):

 

The MSN Messenger skinner Shady has opened up a new forum where all messers can go to ask questions about anything to do with using and creating your own Messenger skins! You can also request custom skins and chat with skinning masters such as Shady and Rolando!

Click here to visit the all new MSN Messenger Skinning Forum! and add it to your bookmarks messers!

We look forward to adding your creations to the mess.be database! You can learn all about it with Esoteric's MSN skinning tutorial. And submit your creations to submitmess.be!

[Reported by: Shady]



 Watch out for Messenger service pop-ups selling "Pop-up blocker"!
Watch out for Messenger service pop-ups selling

SLim_Shady says ( 19 Dec 2003 ):

 

The two college kids' company, called D-Squared Solutions, had developed some software that would block Web-based pop-up ads. Well, that is very nice and something that some of us would probably want to have, but D-Squared Solutions decided to promote their software by using the Windows Messenger Service (*NOT* to be confused with the MSN Messenger-like Windows Messenger) to spread the word. A lot of users are being bombarded by the pop-ups, some for as often as every 10 minutes!!

If you are one of the victims of this attack, here is a solution: in Windows XP, go to Start > Run and type "services.msc" (or go to Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Administrative Tools > Services), then double click Messenger, change the startup type to Disabled and Stop the service.

[Source: InternetWeek.com]



 MSN Messenger 6.1.0207 released
MSN Messenger 6.1.0207 released

SLim_Shady says ( 19 Dec 2003 ):

 

MSN Messenger 6.1.0207 is released. This release does not have any visible changes, it will only kill your custom games/tabs.

Download MSN Messenger 6.1.0207

Thanks to CookieRevised, info on how to recover games/tabs can be found here. Also shout outs to Sinkers, daniel & jasonsn.



 MSN.nl replaces MSN Search tab with Dating tab
MSN.nl replaces MSN Search tab with Dating tab

SLim_Shady says ( 19 Dec 2003 ):

 

Today MSN Messenger NL had replaced recently added MSN Search tab with Dating tab by Match.com. MSN Messenger users in The Netherlands will have now total of 5 tabs: Alerts, MSN Geldzaken, Jong Zuid, MSN Shopping and MSN Dating.

P.S. If you don't like your current tabs, soon there will be a service that'll allow you to have custom tabs
To get different tabs right now, install Mess.be games patch, and apply custom tabs.

If you don't see any tabs at all, go to Tools > Options > Privacy and untick "This is a shared computer, so don't display my tabs".



 SmartBarXP Beta 4.8 released
SmartBarXP Beta 4.8 released

SLim_Shady says ( 18 Dec 2003 ):

 

SmartBarXP is a bar that runs down the side of your screen (same way as in Windows Longhorn), and can be configured to display interactive panes, shortcuts to common locations, or even replace your existing taskbar. A huge selection of panes is available to be added to the bar, which range from media Players and a running slideshow pane, to live news, weather, MSN Messenger Contact List, POP3 E-mail check, Hotmail mail check, calculator and much more.

Download it here, or visit SmartBarXP homepage for more info and screenshots

[Source: SmartbarXP.com]



 Verizon collects 3 major IM services with new offering
Verizon collects 3 major IM services with new offering

SLim_Shady says ( 18 Dec 2003 ):

 

Verizon Wireless announced a major step in the wireless instant messaging industry, with the first application to combine MSN Messenger, AOL IM and Yahoo! Messenger. Verizon said the service will initially work on its LG Electronics VX6000 camera phone through a BREW downloadable application. The application itself will be free, but users will be charged 10 cents to send a message and 2 cents to receive a message. To use the service, users must first sign up for an MSN, AOL or Yahoo! instant messaging account from a desktop computer.

[Source: RCR Wireless News]



 Never say never: Patchou wants to talk again
Never say never: Patchou wants to talk again

dwergs says ( 17 Dec 2003 ):

 

Patchou's offer to share parts of the Messenger Plus! code with fellow MSN Messenger developers is open for debate again. After he cooled down a bit from the heavy reactions (see yesterday's news), he comes with a new proposal: to release the full source code of Messenger Plus! 1.42 (mostly in C).

"Within the code, you'll find a lot of valuable information about Messenger inner workings as long as the proper hooking techniques to hook in the Messenger process safely and efficiently", says Patchou.

Yeah, but Messenger Plus! 1.42 is not compatible with MSN Messenger 6, you might think. According to Patchou, that's a good thing: it will prevent people just copying the code directly for their own Plus! clone. And besides, it's still full of the early techniques developed when Patchou was experimenting with MSN.

This being a big and serious suggestion, Patchou needs feedback from people involved in programming for MSN Messenger. So developers out there, visit the source of this info and share your thoughts.

[Reported by: SLim Shady] [Source: MsgPlus Forums]



 The keyboard that shows the status of Messenger buddies
The keyboard that shows the status of Messenger buddies

dwergs says ( 17 Dec 2003 ):

 

The Logitech Di Novo Media Desktop is a $249.95 ( 269,- ) keyboard based on Bluetooth, the wireless standard for gadgets to talk to each other. It comes with a bluetooth USB adapter and a MX900 mouse. What makes it special is the MediaPad, a numeric keypad that has been separated from the main keyboard. It acts as a remote control for viewing moving images and stills and for playing music. With MP3s, a two-line LCD calculator-like readout shows the track playing.

But there's more. The MediaPad display shows incoming instant messages and emails plus the online status of instant messenger buddies on MSN, Yahoo! and AIM.

[Source (and image): AustralianIT]

Update: Australians sure know how to overprice it. And click here for a screenshot of the pad.



 MSN fix for the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone
MSN fix for the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone

dwergs says ( 17 Dec 2003 ):

 

The long awaited MSN Messenger fix for the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone is now available. Like before, it's a complete ROM update you have to download to your PC first and you need to flash your i-Mate Smartphone with it. Please note that this will erase all your settings so make sure you have backed-up your data first. More information on PPCW.net.

On a somewhat related note, Microsoft has relaunched their Windows Mobile support site.



 Added: Habbo Hotel Emoticons
Added: Habbo Hotel Emoticons

dwergs says ( 16 Dec 2003 ):

 

What the bobba is Habbo Hotel, you ask? It's a graphical, comic-style chat environment with lots of rooms, options and, well, Habbo's! For the fans Lars has created 10 emoticons inspired by Habbo Hotel, for use within MSN Messenger.

>> Download them all in once.

>> Browse them individually.



 Patchou sharing MSN developing knowledge: the outcome
Patchou sharing MSN developing knowledge: the outcome

dwergs says ( 16 Dec 2003 ):

 

Last month Messenger Plus! creator Patchou made the first steps towards helping out the MSN Messenger development hobbyists by offering to share parts of his code, so programmers could stop worrying about the basics and concentrate more on innovating addons. The reactions were divided and the debate continued at a slow pace, making impatient people wonder if it was going to happen in the first place. Then came another forum thread on the same topic which Patchou felt offended by, so he decided to abandon the project. According to his public reaction, his "decision is final"... and then he added "(at least for now)".

[Source: MsgPlus! Forums]



 Updated: ChrisTorng's Style of MessageLog
Updated: ChrisTorng's Style of MessageLog

dwergs says ( 16 Dec 2003 ):

 

ChrisTorng's restyled message log layout has been updated to version 2.0. Many improvements were made since the last version posted on Mess.be and the installation of the new log style has been made super easy thanks to the automatical setup program.

>> Download ChrisTorng's Style of MessageLog

>> Visit his homepage for more info and a screenshot.



 Capture Saddam inside your MSN Messenger
Capture Saddam inside your MSN Messenger

dwergs says ( 15 Dec 2003 ):

 

santa saddamMany of you are using the Saddam Santa display picture uploaded by Ghanz and added to the Christmess emoticons news story yesterday. If you didn't know yet, there's a special display picture category for news and historical events like this, but it could use some new submissions.

You can also "capture" Bush & Saddam inside your MSN with these: bush emoticon & saddam emoticon (from CoolEmoticons.com)



 New Custom MSN Game: Memory
New Custom MSN Game: <b>Memory</b>

dwergs says ( 15 Dec 2003 ):

 

custom msn game memoryAnother new and unofficial MSN game called Memory is ready to be played against your contacts directly from MSN Messenger! Your object is simple: find the most matching pairs of cards to beat your opponent. The game was coded by Slaugh and the graphics were created by Neil.

The new game will appear automatically in your launch menu if you've already installed the custom games installer.

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