Date: Sun, 8 Dec 1991 12:37:51 EST Reply-To: "Megabyte University (Computers & Writing)"
Sender: "Megabyte University (Computers & Writing)" From: David Sewell Subject: IRC conferencing program To: Multiple recipients of list MBU-L I was wondering if anyone on MBU had used the IRC program, the interface to the Internet Relay Chat program, as a conferencing program. IRC (actually "irc" on Unix, but it looks funny non-capped) is a powerful multi-user conferencing program along the lines of Daedalus' InterChange or CompuServe's CB simulator. It works over the Internet, so you can basically communicate with anyone in the world who can run the program. One enters a message in the bottom portion of a split screen, and messages posted by everyone in the group appear in the top portion. It is possible to send private messages and to perform various other functions from the useful to the fanciful, including logging sessions (though InterChange is much better at this). IRC looks like it might be a useful tool for collaborative workgroups of people at different sites, as well as for scheduled synchronous discussion. You can create a "private" conference that can be joined only by people who know its name. One possibility would be something like a regularly-scheduled MBU conference; anyone with IRC could log onto it at say 11 p.m. EST each Thursday & participate in whatever the discussion of the moment was. Big problem is that I doubt it runs on other platforms than Unix + Internet. And as biased as I am toward that combination, I know it's probably the minority on MBU. Still... any interest or experience along these lines? David Sewell, U of Rochester email@example.com
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