Re: Private Chat/DCC Chat

Jim Hall (
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 00:03:33 -0400

Ray, you didn't say what platform you're on, but if you're on a
Macintosh PowerPC, you're in luck.

There is an extraordinarily difficult to find hack called "GeekTalk"
that works with CUSEEME that allows "private" chat. Messages sent to a
specific participant are prefixed with the tag "<Privately>" and are
hidden to all other participants.

The utility is kept in the same folder as CU. Also, it seems you MUST
have the Speech Manager Extension. A friend of mine could not get it
to work and eventually tracked it down to the fact that he had
disabled the Speech Manager extension. It's odd that this extension is
required, as "GeekTalk" does not use the Text-to-Speech capabilities
of the Mac.

I have heard that the reason "GeekTalk" is so difficult to find is
because it is an unsupported hack, and that Cornell has threatened a
lawsuit against its creator. But this is all rumor and speculation.

Jim Hall