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when I use GTalk, my chat program shows as idle when I step away from the keyboard for more than a few minutes.

Back when I used AIM, I was able to turn that off. Any ideas on how to do that when using GTalk?

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Use a client like Pidgin and change the time-out settings. But then with the Gtalk application you cannot do it.

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There is an addon called gAlwaysIdle that was able to control this, but their home page is missing. See if you find is somewhere.

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