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ClockWork
9th July 2009, 07:59 AM
I've been out of the loop with this for so long, I don't know what's the deal anymore.

I currently have an @mac.com account which I never once used for collecting email, yet only used for access to iChat.

It seems that Mac.Com is no longer available and has been replaced by MobileMe - to wit, an @me account, first for free, and then after a time, for money, so here's my question:

I want to continue using iChat, yet really because of Leopard's Screen Share function in iChat. That way I could troubleshoot a 2 minute problem on any person on my buddies list running Leopard, without trudging out half way across town.

This means they'd need to have an account to use iChat, but would get the major shits if they found out it costs extra to have an @me account they'd never use for email - or anything else most likely.

So my question is, what can others sign up with, that is ummmm... free - which would allow them to use iChat in conjunction with Leopard's Screen Sharing ability in iChat?

Who else uses something other than Mac.Com or MobileMe and can use iChat and specifically Screen Sharing for Apple Mac to Apple Mac, Leopard?

cheers,

cw

entropy
9th July 2009, 08:28 AM
They could sign up with AIM, and then you could access their desktop or show them yours. I am not sure if you (as the mobileme account holder) need to be the initiator of the chat session.
This is exactly what I do for my father and his amazing talent to make even OSX crap itself (he uses ichat with an AIM account).
I think jabber might also be a possibility, but I have never used it.

You also need a fair bit of bandwidth.

glitch
9th July 2009, 08:28 AM
Now that the bastards at Apple have stopped allowing you to create a username that lives on as an iChat username once the MobileMe trial expires, you have to get customers, friends etc to sign up for a free AIM account and get them to use that.

The functionality is the same, its just a bit of a pain setting up the AIM username.

HERE (https://new.aol.com/productsweb/Controller.jpf?promocode=825028&ncid=txtlnkuswebr00000002) is a link

ClockWork
9th July 2009, 08:30 AM
Where do I log in to get AIM?

I've never used it before and always confuse it with AOL.

avolve
9th July 2009, 09:29 AM
IIRC AIM accounts can be created through yahoo. Gmail/googletalk accounts will also work. I still have a .mac user name and that works (never had a paid .mac subscription).

I have a jabber server and have used my jabber account with iChat (when not using Adium)...

macgeek
9th July 2009, 09:59 AM
In ichat, under preferences -> accounts... when you click the + sign to add an account there is a button that says 'Get an iChat Account' that opens the following link:

https://myinfo.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyInfo.woa/wa/createAppleId?createacctype=lite&userid=dmac&localang=en_US

This page seems to let you create a @mac.com ichat account name. Looks free. Might be worth trying?

glitch
9th July 2009, 10:57 AM
In ichat, under preferences -> accounts... when you click the + sign to add an account there is a button that says 'Get an iChat Account' that opens the following link:

https://myinfo.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyInfo.woa/wa/createAppleId?createacctype=lite&userid=dmac&localang=en_US

This page seems to let you create a @mac.com ichat account name. Looks free. Might be worth trying?

Interesting, i just used that method and it worked. Looks like Apple have missed a loophole!

ClockWork
9th July 2009, 11:33 AM
ah yes, yet Apple will eventually lose mac.com altogether and replace it entirely with MobileMe, so I'm also looking to that future - and a free iChat future at that. :)

glitch
9th July 2009, 12:05 PM
ah yes, yet Apple will eventually lose mac.com altogether and replace it entirely with MobileMe, so I'm also looking to that future - and a free iChat future at that. :)

Doesn't matter if they stop issuing dotmac usernames(& I believe the described method is the only loophole allowing the creation of a dotmac username for iChat or anything else) - you will be able to continue using that username for iChat. All the iChat usernames in their various aliases are actually AIM account names anyway.

ClockWork
9th July 2009, 12:30 PM
oh rilly! Now that IS handy to know...

Thank you!

avolve
19th July 2009, 11:34 AM
I have implemented macosxhints.com - Auto-accept iChat screen sharing sessions (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080715205905862) with the only issue being multiple displays (and the reduction of resolution to fit on a smaller screen) Apple - Support - Discussions - ichat screen sharing with multiple ... (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1944200&tstart=120)

I am considering Remote Desktop or Turn Leopard's Screen Sharing into a better "Apple Remote Desktop lite" | 9 to 5 Mac (http://9to5mac.com/apple-screen-sharing-preferences-hacked-34265477) both of which will require port-forwarding. I will look into that on another day macosxhints.com - Use Apple Remote Desktop with Macs behind firewalls (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060703221751926)