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O'Reilly: Secure Chat with YTalk and SSH

Feb 21, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Bernier)

"Security and trust have always been big issues to me. I still remember my early days on the Internet. My ISP had 33.6 modems and no load balancing. Many of the customers had comparable modems but little old me had only a 14.4; consequently, I had somewhat reduced bandwidth. I was thrilled when I discovered that sending a ping flood to a certain port on the Win95 machines resulted in my having an 'improved' Internet experience.

"One day I realized that I might want to chat with my buddies, coworkers, and fellow conspirators securely without depending on 3rd party commercial utilities. Maybe there were firewalls that I needed to get through where server security was at a premium. I wanted to discuss the issues of the day with a small group of like-minded people with little system overhead using standard Unix utilities.

"I settled on two pieces of technology: YTalk and SSH..."

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