Chat programs

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  1. ejn74

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    What is a good chat program that does not load junk on your computer. My wife and I are apart for a while do to my job. I do not like Aol, yahoo, or Msn Mess because of the junk in them. Thanks
     
  2. madmatt

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    Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging program. No malware, no bloatware.

    http://gaim.sourceforge.net

    Supports AIM, YIM, WM/MSNM, IRC, and more.
     
  3. NetRyder

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    Windows Messenger 5 (the one that ships with XP, not MSN Messenger) is pretty basic and lightweight too.
     
  4. dragonbeat

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    i like Paltalk as you can have your own room which can be password protected if you wish,it gives you plenty of privarcy.:)
    www.Paltalk.com
     
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    MSN Messenger - Good voice quality and video quality. Decent text messaging [for PMs... I never used the MSN rooms]. Downside is that w/o WLM 8 you can't do offline messaging.

    Yahoo! - Good voice quality in rooms. With v7 I hate the new PM voicing system. Video quality is so-so. Text chatting in rooms is so-so but in PMs it's junk since I can't seem to receive or send any PMs lately from the people I want. The program as a whole is a pile of dung, IMO. It's one big bug riddled client.

    Eyeball Chat - Good voice and video. You can do a lot of tweaking with how it uses bandwidth. Yucky text chatting. Unfortunately this free client hasn't been updated in a long time but it still works and it's great if you have problems with firewalls, etc.

    Camfrog - Great video and voice quality. Good text chatting. Nice solid program that is basically Yahoo on steroids and actually works. Downside is... no offline messaging.

    ICQ - I haven't used it in a long long time. This had probably the best file transfer of any chat client.

    mIRC - The old standby. Text-only but it works and does the job. Of course you need a decent IRC server to join but if you can't find one then you shouldn't be using a computer.

    NOTE: My opinions were purely based on person-to-person chats and no using a "room" within the client if the client supported rooms.

    rotjong
     
  7. VenomXt

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    www18.meebo.com

    or use trillian :)
     
  8. ejn74

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    What about google talk? Has anyone used it?
     
  9. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Trillian here. :)

    I tried Google Talk, seems good but I have no one that uses it.
     
  10. Xie

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    On my Mac I use AdiumX and Skype. On Windows I use just Skype. :)
     
  11. NetRyder

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    Actually, for your specific purpose, it might be a very good choice.
    Clean, spartan UI, and the only things it can do are text-based chat and PC-to-PC voice sessions (which actually work very well).
     
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  12. ejn74

    ejn74 Folding Master! Political User Folding Team

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    THanks Netryder It is the one that I already decided to go with.

    Thanks for the opinions all.
     
  13. Johnny

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    Trillian and Windows Live Messenger Beta are the only ones I use .. Ohh, I also use neemo.com at school ..
     
  14. Cosmin

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    Trillian 3.1 Professional all the way ..
    Cosmin