Greetings! During our workshop this week, one of the things we will be exploring is conferencing, using both CU-SeeMe video conferencing and more standards protocols such as IRC, "talk" and "ytalk" via unix machines. As the week progresses, we will set up standard times to hold these conferences. If you would like to participate, please drop me a line and let me know what times of the day might best for you. More details follow below.
CU-SeeMe: The Math Forum runs a CU-SeeMe reflector at forum.swarthmore.edu. A reflector allows many people to connect to each other at the same time, in lieu of connecting directly to someone else. You would call "forum.swarthmore.edu", and get connected to the Forum's reflector. We are running a camera or two all week on the reflector, so try connecting and see what happens!
[We are running CU-SeeMe Enhanced, which allowed the sending of color images, but we're not sending the color images so that everyone else will be able to connect and view our video. You don't need a camera to "lurk", or be a listener on our reflector, but you do need the CU-SeeMe software. You can download the free version from cu-seeme.cornell.edu, or can obtain a demo version of the enhanced version from www.cu-seeme.com. Drop me a line if you'd like a hand with any of this! And if you've got a color camera and are running the Enhanced version and are just dying to video conference in color with someone else, let me know.]
IRC: We'll try to be running on the channel #forum, but we've been having some problems. Try it and see if we're around!
talk: "talk" is a unix-based command that allows you to type in real time, with a split screen, with another user. If you can log into a unix account directly (perhaps using telnet), try typing "talk email@example.com" and see what happens. You can also type "finger @forum.swarthmore.edu" to see who's logged on to our machine.
ytalk: ytalk is much like talk, but allows a sort of conference call. Try typing "ytalk firstname.lastname@example.org" and see what happens.
Web chats: There are a number of places on the web that run places where you can chat with others. We don't have a current favorite, but if you do, send us the address. We'll be looking into this more throughout the week.
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