But a non-stardard proprietary application is certainly not the solution to the problem
I quite agree, I was simply commenting on the abilities which the BuzZone application has (and all in a nice looking package too).
If the developers would release some info on the protocols then at least we could make a similar (open source) app which would be compatible. There are lots of cool things which one could do, but unless there's someone else out there (or prefereably lots of people) with the same software then you'll not be having much use for it just on your own.
although I haven't yet met too many PDAs running DHCP servers
Yep, but if this becomes a commonly used app (and it needs to be to be useful, etc.) then there will be lots. I still stand by the issues of using multiple dhcp servers. It think that ZeroConf handles these issues well and that it is the logical way to go (not least because it also handles service discovery too).
I'm still anti the IRC idea, simply because I don't think that having to have one person acting as the server is a good idea. I just don't think that it's robust enough for general purpose use (though it would be if you were careful, but I'm thinking big here ;-)). I do like the interface though. The truth is that if you use ZeroConf and grab an IP address, you could then advertise an http server or some other chat type program (like UNIX's write, link to something similar: http://unixpapa.com/write.html)
on a random port and have people talk to you, but perhaps we should aim higher....? (more like an MS messenger sort of thing)
Samba/winpopup is fair enough, it'd mean we could communicate with other Windows users (not sure about PocketPCs though... anyone?), but I'd personally like to have some more integration to my service discovery and messaging (and if it's integrated then it would be relatively easy to skip using samba - which is a large install - and use a separate and simpler protocol). That said I'd still keep smbclient so I could send random abuse (the bible, word by word for example :twisted: ) to Windows users.
To tell the truth I'm surprised that there's not already an app like this in existance.