My weekend at home has been filled with eggs, bacon, chinese delivery, and Harry Potter. I have a download for you, though. It's called Miranda IM, is released under the GPL, and is available for download here. It's an all-in-one instant messaging client that I find much faster than any of the proprietary clients, and also much easier to use. In addition, it has a modular framework, allowing third-party plugins to work with it seamlessly. Give it a try. I think you'll like it.