hello all .. a n00b to the forum here. so i apologize if this has already been asked. i tried search and could not find anything relevant in the first 10 pages or so after which i gave up ..
with that being said, here is my problem.. my work place has a firewall setup so that we cant chat using MSN, Yahoo, AIM etc. It also doesnt allow us to load java chat applets. that means i cant go to chat rooms such as Yahoo! Chat or any other ones. i've tried several different messengers and java chat clients and none of them work. i guess they have blocked the ports that these things use... (sorry i dont know what the blocked port numbers are).
anyway, my question is .. what are my alternatives? i tried using "telnet chat" through which i'm able to connect and chat with others but the problem is... i dont want to chat with a whole bunch of ppl that i dont know. i just want to chat with some of my friends privately. so i would like to know if there is any place where i can setup some sort of "chat room" using telnet etc. or if there are any softwares out there (for Win XP) that would allow me to bypass/aviod the blocked ports or even the firewall.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance.