So, HassleMe launched today (despite mostly having been written just before Christmas). Good work by Etienne getting it all together. Today Matthew and I have been working on adding “instant-messenger” functionality to the site, which turns out to be a bit painful. Right now it seems like the most robust solution will be to use bitlbee, a proxy which allows you to interact with the various and wretched instant messenger protocols through the less varied and marginally less wretched IRC protocol.

Integrating a website with instant messenger is an interesting problem. I’m not yet sure how much of the experience of building sites which send and receive email will carry over. We’ll see….


  1. Hey look, Ive been in hospital twice and the food was seriously bad. The second time was worse than the first- some of the food was unrecognisable- seroiusly. Ive never had a decent sunday roast there- either undercooked hard vegetables or properly cooked but stone cold. How are people suposed to get better if they dont have decent food to eat? If it wasnt for my family (mainly my mum) bringing food in for me, I wouldnt have eaten much. As Jamie Oliver had such a successes with school dinners, can you get him or another chef to do hospitals. Im off work at the moment and I could be facing hospital food again in the next couple of months-depending on how things go. I cant face cold, disgusting, unrecognisable food anymore. I dont know how I could help as Im off sick at the moment. All the best. Lucy

  2. HassleMe is a great tool but if it had an option for a precisely timed Hassle (say to the day of week and hour of day) it would be even better.

    And if you could submit a hassle to say “hassle me every x starting at y” that would be good. e.g. I want to be hassled at the start of the day but I’m setting up my hassle at the end of the day.