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Bitnet Relay Chat or Relay was a precursor to today's Internet Relay Chat and various instant messaging programs. It was developed by Jeff Kell, JEFF@UTCVM (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga). It was used mostly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of instant communication over the Internet. ... Jump to: navigation, search The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... Chattanooga is a city located in United States of America. ...


Before Relay was implemented, one could send a message to someone on another computer if one knew the other person's userid (i.e., screen name or login) and the name of the remote computer system the person was logged into.


To use Relay, one would send a message to a userid called "Relay." This Relay userid was an interface to the Relay program. The message could contain either a command for Relay or a message for a real person at some other computer system.


One could also join a "channel," which was like a chat room, or send private messages.


The time it took for a message to get to a recipient varied. Most of the time messages within the United States didn't take more than a few seconds. Sometimes, however, messages could take many minutes or even hours to arrive.


As a strategy to deal with long lag times, users would talk to many people at once in a round-robin fashion as replies were returned.


Few schools allowed undergraduates access to Bitnet and Relay. Some that did are Kansas State University, Gallaudet University, the University of Regina, the University of Tennessee, the SUNY school system and (allegedly) Pennsylvania State University. BITNET was a cooperative U.S. university network founded in 1981 under the aegis of Ira Fuchs and Greydon Freeman at the City University of New York (CUNY). ... Kansas State University (sometimes referred to as K-State) is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gallaudet University was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. ... The University of Regina (UofR) is a degree granting instituition located in the southeast quadrant of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. ... Jump to: navigation, search The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... The State University of New York (acronym SUNY; usually pronounced SOO-nee) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ...


External links

  • Historical Relay Pages

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Bitnet Relay Chat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (270 words)
Bitnet Relay Chat or Relay was a precursor to today's Internet Relay Chat and various instant messaging programs.
Before Relay was implemented, one could send a message to someone on another computer if one knew the other person's userid (i.e., screen name or login) and the name of the remote computer system the person was logged into.
To use Relay, one would send a message to a userid called "Relay." This Relay userid was an interface to the Relay program.
BITNET - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (281 words)
BITNET was a cooperative U.S. university network founded in 1981 under the aegis of Ira Fuchs and Greydon Freeman at the City University of New York (CUNY).
Bitnet's network protocols were used for a huge IBM internal network, which was larger than other networks such as ARPAnet for quite a while.
BITNET Relay Chat was created with the networks messaging feature.
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