Could Not Authenticate to Server
For the first few days after the launch of Google Talk, I had a wierd problem. I could log into GTalk from office but not from home. Whenever I tried from the laptop at home, Google Talk would give the error message "Could Not Authenticate to Server".
What made it really strange was the fact that the office laptop was behind a firewall/proxy combo while the home laptop was directly connected to the Net. Initially I thought the Google servers may be overloaded (stupid of me, I know) and therefore didn't give it much thought. After a couple of days, I realized something was funny.
After much head scratching, I discovered the problem. My computer was back dated by an year (some err... umm... licensing issues you see...) and this was causing the barf-up. By setting the correct date and time, I was able to immediately login.
Why would Google Talk need a correct date/time on my laptop, I dont know. Any answers?