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Here's some information regarding Jabber, the chat tool that we will be using for SC Global.

For general information about Jabber, go to the Jabber web site.

For those of you who are already familiar with Jabber, here's the quick list of servers and ports:

Jabber Server: jabber.mcs.anl.gov, port 5222, 5223 (SSL)
Group Chat: conference.mcs.anl.gov, (check out the room named meadow)

Now here's the detailed instructions for the rest of us.....:)

You can download a jabber client at: http://www.jabber.org If you follow the link on the left column under Software called "clients", you will see a long list of jabber clients. The client that many of us are running is Psi, it runs on linux as well as windows and mac, and it is freely distributed. You can choose whatever client you wish, however, if you are a beginner at this, you might want to stick with something that most others will have. The instructions that follow are for the PSI client.....you're on your own if you choose something else.

How to use PSI for AG Jabber:

Download and install the PSI client on your machine. When you get to the Choose Components screen, I disable the Automatic startup but you might want to have Psi fire up everytime you log in.

Getting Started:

The first time you launch Psi, you will see a window titled Open Profile.

  1. Select the "Profiles" button at the bottom of the window. The next window that opens is the Manage Profiles window.
  2. Select "New". The next window is the New Profile window.
  3. Type in a profile name (whatever you choose) and select "Chat". You can also enable emoticons here.
  4. When you are finished, click "Create".
  5. Back on the Open Profile window, the newly created profile is listed. Select "Open". This brings up an annoying little "Useful tips Page" which you can disable...and two other windows. The Psi window will be your main menu type of window.
  6. In the New Account window, type in a name you would like to call your account.
  7. Select "register this account" if this is the first time you created this account. On the Register Account Page, type in a Jabber ID (a name you want to be called on Jabber in the format username@jabber.mcs.anl.gov) and a password.
  8. Select "Manually Select Server Host/Port" and type in host box jabber.mcs.anl.gov, and in the port box 5222. If you select "Use SSL encryption (to server) use the following port: 5223.
  9. Click "register" when you are finished.

Logging in:

Once you have created your account,

  1. Go back to the Psi main window. Your name should appear in the list next to a gray star (this means you are offline). At the bottom of this window are two buttons. The status button on the lower right displays your current status.
  2. Click on this button to display a drop down menu. When you select "Online" you will be connected to the jabber server at Argonne, and you little star will turn yellow. The other button will give you additional menu options.

Joining the new meadow:

  1. Select join group chat to join everyone else in the meadow.
  2. Type in host name "conference.mcs.anl.gov" , room is "meadow", and any nickname you would like to be know by in that room. This will bring up a window that might look familiar to you....just type in the lower box, it will be display your text in the top box along with other peoples text. The list on the right will show you who's in that room with you.

Try this tool out - we will be using it during the testing sessions from now on, so you will have lots of practice before SC Global!

 

 

For more information: ag-info@mcs.anl.gov