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I've just upgraded a beige G3 running MacOS 9.2.1 to Jaguar, hoping that we can move into the modern world. I was under the impression that iChat would allow us to instant-message with AOL users _without_ having to have an AOL account--that all I'd need is my current ISP (Earthlink) and iChat under Jaguar. Is this correct? If, OTOH, I still need either an AOL or .Mac account, then what's the advantage of iChat in the first place? Van -- Van Bagnol / v a n at wco dot com / c r l at bagnol dot com ....enjoys - ...

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    Default Simple iChat question: do I actually need AOL?

    I've just upgraded a beige G3 running MacOS 9.2.1 to Jaguar, hoping that
    we can move into the modern world.

    I was under the impression that iChat would allow us to instant-message
    with AOL users _without_ having to have an AOL account--that all I'd
    need is my current ISP (Earthlink) and iChat under Jaguar. Is this
    correct?

    If, OTOH, I still need either an AOL or .Mac account, then what's the
    advantage of iChat in the first place?

    Van

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    Default Re: Simple iChat question: do I actually need AOL?

    In article <earthlink.net>,
    Van Bagnol <com.invalid> wrote:
     

    That is correct.

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    Default Re: Simple iChat question: do I actually need AOL?

    Van Bagnol <com.invalid> writes:
     

    This is correct. You don't need a full AOL account, but
    you do need either a .Mac account (which is expensive) or
    a free AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) account. Actually,
    you could use AIM without iChat - I did for a long while
    before OS X and iChat - but iChat is really a very nice
    AIM client.

    Go to <http://my.screenname.aol.com>

    to get an AOL screenname.
     

    For instant messaging, you don't need to pay for anything,
    nor do you need iChat in particular. There are many other
    instant messaging clients, many of which are compatible
    with AIM, and some of which are also compatible with other
    instant messaging systems (ie. Yahoo!Messenger, Fire, Charla,
    ICQ, etc). All of the IM services (yahoo, AIM, MSN) are free
    as far as I know and most of the clients are, too.

    iChat just happens to be a beautifully polished IM client.
    It's also compatible with a system called rendezvous wherein
    it'll detect other OS X users on your local network and allow
    you to chat with them directly (no AOL or other outside
    service involved).

    And as of the most recent version, it does very nice video
    and audio, though, while I'm not sure about the audio, I
    am sure that the video is not compatible with your older
    beige G3 - even if you've got a firewire video camera.

    OTOH, Yahoo Messenger should work fine with your old
    computer for video - but has no audio. Strange.



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