Just for the record, M$ bites. Excel, in particular is one of the lousiest pieces of software ever written.
In other news, gabber is starting to come together. I worked out the basic event handling scheme last night and things are looking good. GLADE/libGLADE is a killer combo, but could benefit from some tweaking I think. I've always enjoyed working with RAD-style tools and would like to see if I could help out on that project, but I've got my hands full with Jabber right now.
Scalability issues reared their ugly head (again) on JDEV. This is another area of Jabber I'd like to work on. Long- lived TCP connections while convienent aren't exactly popular right now. Personally, I envision Jabber servers being Borg-like servers which distribute the load among themselves somewhat intelligently. Someday I want to investigate that..