I finally got around to setting up the alerts the way i wanted them, and then i saw the option to speak text when a buddy becomes available. I told it to say "you are a wanker" just because that's the first dirty thing i could think of. I turned off my computer at that point and did some other stuff. I came back about 10 minutes ago and signed onto ichat, and after about 30 seconds i hear "You are a wanker" I was cracking up because i had completely forgot about the fact that i set it up to say that. For all the shortcomings ichat has, that makes up for all of them.