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|Current Information Categories||Category Details||Technical Details|
"Instant Informer" is a system connected to the Internet and to AIM and ICQ that answers very short messages with short responses.
Instant Informer's responses come from many sources, any of which may respond to a message. The response you receive for a particular message will be the combination of all of Instant Informer's sources' responses.
For all currently understood messages, Instant Informer does not care about the "case" (UPPER or lower) of the characters in the message.
Current Information Categories
|Category||Example Message||Example Response|
|Stock Symbol||aol||aol: 48.20 Change: -0.65 (-1.33%)|
|Airport Symbol||LAX||LOS ANGELES, CA|
|Country Telephone Code||+39||Italy|
|US State Name||Washington||WA|
|US State Postal Abbreviation||WA||Washington: 509 425 564 360 253 206|
|US City Name||Maple Valley||22 miles southeast of Seattle WA, 132 miles north of Portland OR|
|US ZIP Code||98038||98038:Maple Valley, Washington|
|Calculator||(5+pi+14)*3||66.4247779607694 = (5+ 3.14159265358979 +14)*3|
|Time||time||9:39pm Thursday April 25, 2002 -0700 (J:115)|
|Unix Fortune||fortune||It's sweet to be remembered, but it's often cheaper to be forgotten.|
|Insults||insult||If there's nothing to say, I'm sure you'll say it.|
|Headlines||headline||Gates: 'Microsoft would be crippled'|
|I Wish I Said That||IWishISaidThat||Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. G. K. Chesterton|
|8 Ball||8ball||Reply Hazy, Try Again|
|Multiple Queries||AOL & Palm & wcom||AOL: 49.50 Change: +2.25 (+4.76%) & Palm: 7.29 Change: +0.35 (+5.04%) & wcom: 19.39 Change: +0.84 (+4.53%)|
|Store Information||%%set "Question" "Answer"||Q: "question" R: "Answer" remembered for InstantInform|
|Return Stored Information Statistics||%%stats "question"||By: InstantInform at Wed Feb 7 18:39:55 2001 Q: "question" -> "Answer" cnt 5 by InstantInform at Wed Feb 7 18:39:55 2001|
|Forget Stored Information||%%forget "question"||"question" forgotten!|
|US Phone Numbers||(212) 484-8000||AOL Time Warner Inc +1 (212) 484-8000 75 Rockefeller Plz MANHATTAN NY 10019 US|
|Horoscopes||leo||LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Speak up to loved ones about how you want to be treated. A former boss could re-hire you. It's a friendly, romantic day, and you are the center of attention. Trust your intuition in love, especially with Virgos and Capricorns.|
|Snappy Comebacks||sex||Not now, honey, I have a headache.|
As you should expect, stock quotes are delayed in the usual way (at a minimum).
Instant Informer understands common functions and operators.
|Function||What It Does|
|+||Adds the preceding number to the following number.|
|-||Subtracts the following number from the preceding number.|
|*||Multiplies the preceding number with the following number.|
|/||Divides the preceding number by the following number.|
|( ... >||The expression inside parenthesis is calculated before what is outside parenthesis.|
|pi||PI is built-in.|
|abs(N)||Returns the absolute value of N.|
|cos(A)||Returns the cosine of A (expressed in radians).|
|exp(N)||Returns e (the natural logarithm base) to the power of N.|
|hex(X)||Interprets X as a hex string and returns the corresponding value|
|int(N)||Returns the integer portion of N. Rounds toward zero. (What out for calculating int(.9999999999) - type expressions!)|
|log(N)||Returns the natural logarithm (base e) of N.|
|oct(N)||Evaluate N as an octal number.|
|rand(N)||Returns a random fractional number greater than or equal to 0 and less than the value of N. (N should be positive.)|
|sin(pi / 4)(||Calculate the sine of the given (in-radians) angle.|
|sqrt(N)||Calculate the square root of N.|
Tell Instant Informer your time something like this:
Unless it's apparent that you are specifying your time in 24-hour format, Instant Informer will guess your time zone "hemisphere". If you are in East Asia, expect that guess to be wrong.
Warning: Unfortunately, the system that the time provider runs on at the time of this writing seems to crash a lot when it is set to automatically update to a net-atomic clock. (An NTP update daemon crashing Mandrake Linux? Egad!) So, don't count on II's time to be particularly accurate.
Send Instant Informer a message containing three things:
If no one else has stored a response for the given message, Instant Informer will store the reponse for you. In the future, if II does not have a response for the given message, II will respond to the message with your response. ... To anyone!
You can use this facility as a private bulletin board. If your message is sufficiently unusual that no one will ever send it to II, then only you and your friends will be able to get the response. And only you will be able to change or delete the response.
How can you change the response?
For instance, an open angle bracket: < would be %3C.
A close angle bracket: > would be %3E.
Double quotes: " would be %22.
Backslash: \ could be %5C.
And, finally, a percent character: % itself, would be %25.
When the Instant Information Server does not provide a response to a particular message, the AIM / ICQ Instant Information Gateway responds with a random instance of one of several built-in responses. For instance:
Add InstantInformer1 to your AIM buddy list.
Add InstantInformer to your AIM buddy list.
Currently, Instant Informer may be accessed through ICQ user: 76071031.