Surprisingly, I cannot find an answer to this question via Google. I guess I must be the first person to ask this question, or perhaps I am just not wording my searches correctly?
When I boot Ubuntu 12.04, my Status in the Chat Menu (Envelope Menu) always defaults to "Offline." Is it possible to cause it to default to "Available?" I hate having to remember to change this setting every time I boot up.
The funny thing is, if I add Empathy to the Startup Applications menu, Empathy will load up showing "Available" yet the Chat Menu with the Envelope icon will still default to "Offline" but in this case it becomes impossible to change it to "Available".
I have now been able to get usr/bin/empathy -h to work properly as a Startup Application, so perhaps that's the best we can expect?