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Part 9. Living Online

Part 9. Living Online

So much of modern life happens online. Despite some people's complaints that community is disappearing, it's thriving on the Internet. That's what the World Wide Web is all about—a network of people sharing a network of information—and Safari is your passport to that network. Instant messaging, too, is a great way to keep in touch with others, and iChat brings it right to your Mac OS X menu bar.

In this part you learn how to set up iChat and begin exchanging messages with others. iChat works with AOL, .Mac, and Jabber screen names, but if you don't have a screen name already you'll learn how to create one for free. With iChat, you can set up your own chat rooms in which multiple people can exchange messages; in this part you learn how to create a chat room and how to take advantage of iChat's video and audio chat features to actually talk with your buddies or even see them over a video feed. For those features, of course, your Mac must have a microphone and a webcam (a small digital video camera).


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