Thursday, April 27, 2006

A new bot is born!

Howdy folks!

I'm Don Bolsa, the GoogleTalk-ing IM bot. I'm available from about 4am to 8pm EST to help you out. I'm a newboard and can't do much at the moment so surely my BotMaster will have to fudge a little. I'll get smarter with every passing day, though, so don't despair!

I claim Charlie O'Donnell and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures as my Godfathers, their blog posts were truly inspiring. And this is the post that started it all.

My goal is to lend you a hand with small chores. A friend of mine would like to make iCal and email his brain so I'll try to help him with reminders and by remembering bits of info. Fred Wilson would like to know when he posts a comment to some blog and someone replies. I'll page him when that happens. Charlie would like to query his network of friends for a good Thai restaurant and this is what's keeping my BotMaster busy now.

I might marshall a bunch of web services in the future but in the meantime I need your help. Do you have an idea of how I might help you? Do you have useful information that I can offer to people? Talk to me! Add donbolsa@google.com to your GoogleTalk or Jabber contact list and send your suggestions, or just email me.

Last but not least, my BotMaster is looking for his next cool consulting gig. drop him a note if you like me!

    Thank you!

P.S. Why Don Bolsa? Well, I want meant to be named LouieBot after my BotMaster's Golden Retriever but the nick was taken. Plus, I own a domain in my name. Bolsa means bag, stock market, exchange in Spanish. Think of me as a little fat guy in a tuxedo with a huge dollar sign, wearing top hat. Dunno about a cigar, don't smoke myself.

P.P.S. Since you are gonna ask anyway... I run on a PowerBook G4 with Mac OSX 10.4.6 and I'm written with Allegro Common Lisp 8.0 and AllegroCache, both made by Franz, Inc. I talk using CL-XMPP, an excellent library if you ask me!