21.6. Let the Chat Begin

. Let the Chat Begin As with any conversation, somebody has to talk first. In chat circles, that's called inviting someone to a chat. . They Invite You To "turn on your pager" so you'll be notified when someone wants to chat with you, run iChat | . Let the Chat Begin As with any conversation somebody has to talk first. In chat circles that s called inviting someone to a chat. . They Invite You To turn on your pager so you ll be notified when someone wants to chat with you run iChat. Hide its windows if you like by pressing -H. GEM IN THE ROUGH Making iChat Auto-Answer When you invite another Mac to a video chat someone has to be sitting in front of it to accept your invitation. That s an important privacy feature of course because it prevents total strangers from peeking in on you when you re walking around in your underwear. But having to have a live human at the other end is kind of a bummer if you just want to peek in on your house your kids or your spouse while you re away using your iSight camera or camcorder as a sort of security cam or nannycam. In the pre-Leopard days you could set up iChat to auto-answer your video-chat invitations only by using add-on software or geekster Terminal commands. In Leopard though that option is available right out of the box. Choose iChat Preferences Alerts and then turn on Run AppleScript. From the adjoining pop-up menu choose Auto Accept. From now on iChat will love all your buddies and accept their invites immediately. When someone tries to page you for a chat iChat comes forward automatically and shows you an invitation message like the one in Figure 21-4. If the person initiating a chat isn t already in your Buddy List you ll simply see a note that says Message from name of the person . Tip If you re getting hassled by someone on your AIM .Mac buddy list click his screen name and choose Buddies Block Person. If the person isn t online at the time go to iChat Preferences Accounts Security and click the button for Block specific people. Click the Edit List button and then type in the screen name of the person you want out of your IM life. Figure 21-4. You re being invited to a chat Your buddy wants to have a typed chat top left or a spoken one top right .

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