11.1 Talk
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     This is the Net equivalent of a telephone conversation and
requires that both you and the person you want to talk to have access
to this function and are online at the same time.  To use it, type
 
                talk user@site.name
 
where user@site.name is the e-mail address of the other person.  She will
see something like this on her screen:
 
                talk: connection requested by yourname@site.name
                talk: respond with:  talk yourname@site.name
                                                                              
To start the conversation, she should then type (at her host system's
command line):
  
                talk yourname@site.name
 
where that is your e-mail address.  Both of you will then get a top
and bottom window on your screen.  She will see everything you type in
one window; you'll see everything she types in the other.  To
disconnect, hit control-C.
     One note: Public-access sites that use Sun computers sometimes have
trouble with the talk program.  If talk does not work, try typing
 
     otalk
 
or
 
     ntalk
 
instead.  However, the party at the other end will have to have the same
program online for the connection to work.