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Intra-home message app?

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Jul 13, 2013 6:14 AM

I know we may sound like a family that doesn't commucate face-to-face. Not the case. We have three MBPs (all with Mountain Lion) in our house and when we are  on our respective computers we sometimes find it easier to ask a quick question by e-mailing one another rather than shouting out our question or walking up or down the stairs (we live in a two-storey home plus a basement). We are all connected on the same home WiFi network. Is there an app we can use for messaging each other? I know there's  OS X Messages, but I am looking for an app that is restricted to intra-network use. We don't want to get messages outsiders send us. Moreover, I would prefer an app that doesn't require running in the background to get messages (like Messages or Skype do) unless it's an app that doesn't use up much memory.

 

Thanks for any recommendations.

 

Subbu

Macbook Pro and Mac Pro quad, Two 23" monitors
  • g_wolfman Level 4 Level 4 (1,110 points)
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    Jul 13, 2013 6:44 AM (in response to Subbu44)

    You can set up Messages for Bonjour messaging and disable iCloud.  That should do what you want.  It's in the account preferences for Messages.

     

    There's no such thing as a app that can receive messages without running.  They can run in the foreground or background, or have a helper running instead, but something must be running for push notifications to work.  The memory cost is negligible.

  • g_wolfman Level 4 Level 4 (1,110 points)
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    Jul 13, 2013 11:49 AM (in response to Subbu44)

    1) I would imagine you could select the login item checkbox to hide Messages; and

     

    2) Correct.

     

    Cheers,

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