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I'm looking at how to notify others in a kind of twitter way, but a bit more obtrusive, to alert them to something that is about to happen, or did happen or even is happening.

e.g

QA Website will be restarted in 2 mins

or

Code cutoff for sprint 2.2.1 in 1 hour

or

Trunk build broken

I like Growl for announcements, but is there a tool that can sit on everyone's desktop and send these announcements to all clients as well?

The reasoning behind it is that people know what is happening when it happens. Not "Oh, the QA environment is down. That's a bug"

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Would be helpful to know what platform(s), i.e. Windows XP, Ubuntu, OS X... –  JNK Sep 11 '10 at 10:03
    
just how obtrusive do you want it to be? big alert box that user needs to click to get on with work; small pop up that fades on it's on away? simple mass mail is also a way for announcements. –  bbaja42 Sep 11 '10 at 11:05
    
ah, that is true about the OS. I have been developing around mostly Visual Studio types so never had to mention. Answer updated –  burnt_hand Sep 12 '10 at 14:17
    
it needs to about obtrusive as the outlook "received mail" toaster effect, but not email as it needs to be a little more instant –  burnt_hand Sep 12 '10 at 14:21

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If you are using windows 32 bit and If you are speaking about IM in LAN then use ipmsg. You can choose all visible person in LAN and sent them a message simultaneously which will pop up in their respective machine

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Probably should know what platform he is using before recommending windows 32 bit apps... –  JNK Sep 11 '10 at 10:09
    
i updated my answer –  subanki Sep 11 '10 at 10:17
    
ipmsg looks promising. –  burnt_hand Sep 13 '10 at 6:39
    
ipmsg is what they use in my dad's office –  subanki Sep 13 '10 at 6:54

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