Many Net systems provide access to a series of interactive services
that let you hold live "chats" or play  online  games with people around
the world.  To find out if your host system offers these, you can ask
your system administrator or just try them -- if nothing happens, then
your system does not provide them.  In general, if you can use  telnet 
and  ftp , chances are good you can use these services as well.

    Internet Relay Chat (IRC)       
    The other side of the coin      

FYI: You can find discussions about IRC in the alt.irc newsgroup. "A Discussion on Computer Network Conferencing," by Darren Reed (May, 1992), provides a theoretical background on why conferencing systems such as IRC are a Good Thing. It's available through ftp at in the rfc directory as rfc1324.txt. For a good overview of the impact on the Internet of the Morris Worm, read "Virus Highlights Need for Improved Internet Management," by the U.S. General Accounting Office (June, 1989). You can get a copy via ftp from in the pub/virus-l/docs directory. It's listed as gao_rpt. Clifford Stoll describes how the Internet works and how he tracked a group of KGB-paid German hackers through it, in "The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage," Doubleday (1989).

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