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This page explains how to
start chatting with other Rahul Dravid fans.
After this, you will see three
radio buttons (option buttons), with the caption, "Choose your version"
||A nickname is required in
order to chat.
If you do not have an already
registered nickname at Talkcity (the server where the dravid room
is located), then you will have to choose a nickname. If you are worried
about protecting your identity, choose an androgynous nickname.
||This is the tricky bit.
Talkcity requires each user to have a registered nickname. I'll explain
what this means.
Supposing there are three
"prashanth"'s in cyberspace, and all of them wish to use the nickname "Prash"
while chatting in talkcity, then problems arise. "X" could use "Y" 's nickname
and masquerade as "X" (and indeed, this has happened many times for me...I've
been mistaken for other "prash"es.
So before you chat, you
will need to register yourself. At talkcity, when you register yourself,
you are also given a free homepage and other stuff. So if you wish to protect
your nickname, you will have to register.
At this stage, if you
have not visited Talkcity before, leave this field blank.
||The realname field is optional.
I'd advise you to leave it blank.
options available are
That's it. You will now need
to click on a prominent button that says
EZtalk PRO - No way. Don't use
this one. Much too slow, much too complex, and much too irritating.
EZtalk Lite - The best option
available. Fast, even though it is slightly pale in functionality. This
is the pre-selected option.
EZtalk Web - Weird, erratic.
Not my choice! But if you are using Netscape 2.0 (primeveal) or Internet
Explorer 3.0 or something, and if EZtalk Lite refuses to work, try this
Now, if you already had a
registered nickname with talkcity, and if you had the password for it,
you will be taken directly to the Dravid chat room, using the version
of the chat program that you had selected.
the important bit...Registering...
So you didn't have a registered
nick at Talkcity. When you clicked on the "Start Chatting" button, a new
page will load.
Lets suppose "Anusha" is
trying to enter talkcity. The nickname she had supplied was "Anush". She
leaves the password field blank, or fills it in with some password of her
If someone else had
already registered "Anush" as their nickname, Anusha will get a screen
that says "Invalid Password".
Here, she will be prompted
to re-enter the correct password, OR get her own nickname.
At this point, there are
two things Anusha can do...
Click on "Enroll at Talkcity"
and follow the instructions. The instructions are very clear. You will
be prompted to enter a lot of information about yourself. The optional
questions will be marked "optional" and you don't have to waste too much
time over them. Just enter the bare details, your email address, and that's
it. Talkcity will send you something called a "temporary password" to your
email address (the one you have entered in the form), after you finish
the preliminary form. You will then have to open your email box, where
further instructions will be given. But it's not as bad as it sounds! The
second registration part is regarding your free homepage. You can enter
a lot of information about yourself (likes/dislikes/favourite websites...etc),
and a new homepage will be created for you! It's very neat. I suggest
you check this one out. After you have got your password and nickname registered,
go back to the window where you have to enter your details and this time,
enter your information correctly. That's it. You will be taken to the dravid
Phew! That's it. If you follow
those steps, you'll find yourself chatting in no time.
Go back to the chat portal and
this time, enter a less-unique nickname like "Anushx12cse", which has a
lower probability of being registered already. When she enters a nickname
that hasn't been registered yet, she will be directly taken to the dravid
chat room, without any irritating Registration forms. However, her nickname
has not been registered, and someone else could still take it away
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org