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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 12:53 AM   #1
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Possible "New" ehMac Chat Room

As some of you may have read lately; Google has enabled XMPP on their Jabber servers so that anyone who has been using Google Talk is able to connect to any other Jabber user.

Jargon busting paragraph:
Jabber: A instant message protocol that acts more like email in that it uses multiple servers rather then using one server cluster controlled by the company running the IM service (eg. MSN). It's Open Source and works great. Jabber support was added by default in iChat 3.0.

XMPP: An ancronym for the technology used to allow Jabber servers to talk to each other; meaning me@mydomain.ca can talk to you@yourdomain.com if we each were running our own Jabber servers.

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Instructions

1) Get a Jabber Account - If you have a GMail account you're set. I don't have details on how to make one on Jabber.org right now.

2) Open iChat or Adium

3) Add the Jabber Account to iChat or Adium.
To do so just go to your preferences and go to the Accounts section. You then want to press the + button and choose Jabber account.

Your username (assuming GMail): username@gmail.com
Password: Is your password

The server is: talk.google.com not gmail.com

See screenshots in the post below for help.

4) Connect to the Chat Room
iChat:
a) Go to the File Menu and choose Go To Chat (Command Shift G)
b) The Chat room is: ehMac@conference.jabber.org

Adium:
a) Using Adium, just choose join chat (Command Shift J)
b) Choose your jabber account, enter the chat room (ehMac) and the server (conference.jabber.org) and choose Join.

Again, see the screenshots below.

5) Enjoy the chat room!

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Extraneous reasoning.

Why did I even propose this change, or go through all the time to write this thread?
a) I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about
b) Jabber chat rooms are much more stable, allow more people and even allow a topic in comparison to the AOL Instant Messenger version we are using.
c) This option seems to be the easiest for most people without having to resort to having learn something different like IRC.

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Will this replace the AIM ehMac Chat Room?

I hope so, but we'll see if the Jabber one takes off or not at all.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 01:09 AM   #2
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See attached files for screenshots:

1) iChat Adding Account

2) Going to the Chat in iChat

3) Adium Screenname

4) Adium Server settings

5) Adium Joining Chat.

Hope that helps some. At least it's as clear as mud instead of black gold?
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Would like to try it but I still have to figure how to create a Jabber account as I don't have a GMail account...
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Old Jan 24th, 2006, 09:54 PM   #6
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I hate signing up for things...have enough passwords to remember (meaning no gmail or jabber). However would it not be easier to create a ehmac chat room in IRC on a large public server like EFnet or better suited smaller networks like slashnet.org?

(I did a quick search for previous results, did not find any)
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Strimkind - An ehMac room does exist on irc.freenode.net but the problem is that most people find the need to download and learn some basic IRC commands to be too much of a barrier. The ability to use something built in (iChat) goes a long way to making it easier for people to join.
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