Like many offices, we have adopted the use of instant messenger while at work. It allows us to stay in quick contact with each other, even when working remotely at customer sites. The network we use is the Yahoo Messenger network.
Some of us use the default client, but many of us have switched over to Pidgin. The main advantage of Pidgin is the ability to link other IM networks to one client (ICQ, MSN, Google, etc.).
Today I noticed issues with my current version of Pidgin on the Yahoo Messenger network - it would not connect. I found a quick fix:
Open your host's file. It can be found under
Any text editor can be used.
Add the following line to your hosts file:
Restart Pidgin. (If issues persist, renewing/resetting your internet connection should help).
Another interesting nuance to this problem - older versions of Pidgin seemed to work fine but not the latest.