1st Virtual Congress
Two or more users can communicate in real time (simultaneously, right in the moment it is happening) through conversations carried out with the keyboard. These conversations are called Chat. The Chats use an Internet service called IRC (an acronym for Internet Relay Chat) which was developed in 1988 in Finland by Jarkko Oikarinen. The Chats are carried out by obtaining access to servers that have, in turn, configurated channels (virtual places) of Chat.
These channels can be accessed through a chat customer program (which has probably already been installed in your computer by your Internet access provider, or which can be obtained in several Web addresses, free of charge, or at a very low cost). All programs have assistance files, in order to make use easier.
Next, there are several Web addresses listed, in which you can obtain customer programs for Windows, MacIntosh, Unix, Amiga (modified from Valhall Net):
The 1st Virtual Congress of Cardiology Steering Committee channel is called #PCVC, and is authorized in the pcvc.sminter.com.ar server. To access the channel, the Chat customer program must be configurated.
Chat mIRC program configuration (a server's definition)
Chat general aspects
The rooms or channels where the Chat is performed (IRC) are designated
by the sign # (numeral), and the name (ej. #PCVC, #cardiol). They are read as numeral
pcvc and numeral cardiol.
The table shows the commands most usually used, as well as their aim, and examples:
Play command: This command is very useful, since it makes possible to send text files to the room, or to someone present in the room. The address (path) where the file you wish to send is, must be correctly written. The file must have a .txt extension. At the end you should add a figure bigger than 1000, which will establish the waiting time between each paragraph: 1000 is one second, 5000 is five seconds, etc. (it is advisable to write 5000 to 10000, so that those who receive the file can read it in the screen).
DCC command: Warning: accept only programs sent by identified users, and known to you, since by this medium, you may receive files infected with computer viruses.
To record the chat: All the contents of a chat can be recorded in a disk, in order to be printed or read later. To record, you have to click in the small square which is in the left top corner of the chat window. A menu will unfold. There you should select Buffer, and then choose Save. The contents will be recorded as a text file, in the log folder of the mIRC folder (or where the mIRC program is).