Re: Chat window

barabea@vax.sbu.ac.uk
Mon, 26 Feb 1996 12:20:25 +0100


>>>I haven't tried it yet, but would it be possible for my friend and I to
>have a
>>>conversation (private?) by way of the chat window. Neither of us have
>>>audio/visual capabilities. We would both have to be lurkers connected to a
>>>reflector. Did I read somewhere that the "filter" button on the Chat window
>>>can be used to talk to just one person, even though we would both be lurkers?
>>>
>>>Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>>
>>Can't do it, at the moment. You can send private audio by selecting the
>>microphone Icon on the other persons window, but you have no audio/video. The
>>quick solution is to do a point-to-point connection, the ultimate privacy.
>>
>>I would bet that you can have private conversations using Internet Relay Chat
>>(IRC), but I have never used it myself.
>>
>>-bos
>>
>
>Yes, most IRC clients have the ability to send private messages, and some
>even put the private conversation into a seperate window, which makes it a
>lot easier. I use mIRC on my PC, which is windows based, and does put the
>private messages into a window of its own. IMHO mIRC is the best IRC client
>for the PC, and it's freeware for personal use.
>
>I believe that Homer for the Macintosh doesn't use a seperate window, but it
>does allow for private chats. If text chatting is all you need, then IRC is
>a pretty simple solution. You can download mIRC or Homer from my web page
>(listed below) and there are links to more IRC information to help you get
>started.
>

If you want just a private text based conversation with another user
you don't need to use IRC (designed for multipoint connections).
One of the most used program to do that is 'Talk' ( Ytalk' for PC (?)).
It is easy to use and there are versions for Unix, PC and Mac.

Alex

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