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LAN Chat and Messaging?

I know IRC apps are the holy-grail of communications, but LAN-based messaging is also pretty nice, even if it's just a fun hack to play around with.

I was thinking about something like Quick Popup, which works with 68k Macs, but maybe there's something less outdated for modern systems. (and doesn't include file-sharing in Classic and/or 68k, I think)

Then I came across LAN Messenger, which is free and opensource! How hard might it be to make a version of LAN Mesenger for Classic? Something like this would be really nice, right?

Or am I overlooking any other tools that already have this feature? The only one I could remember but have never tried is the 'Swiss army knife' Timbuktu and then I stumbled upon Bugoff today at the garden, which does something else but has a very simple network chat built-in, too. (this one likely only works on the operating systems it can run on)

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a fun hack to play around with

HyperCard anyone ?

I recall Apple providing a chat stack with HyperCard 2.1 in the form of an "Apple Event Primer" (see 3rd screenshot in page).

The idea was so you could familiarize yourself with Apple Events and create your own stacks, but the chat part worked well without modification - over AppleTalk networks.

Of course it would be easy to create something from this stack as a stand-alone app using a later HyperCard 2.3x

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Now that's a novel idea Smile

I really should have gotten into HyperCard back in the day!

And I think HyperCard worked under 9.x as well, right?

MikeTomTom's picture
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Yes, no problem. It also runs under OS X's that support classic.

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Sort of -- it becomes trickier to handle any additional xcmds and xfcns you've added under Classic.