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- The user needs nothing but a Java
enabled web browser to use the product.
- Light weight.
- The applet implements no functionality
but user interface and connection to server, which makes it
very light and easy to use on bandwidth limited platforms.
- All communication with the ``outside world'' is being
done by the server, which makes the user completely
anonymous (in terms of revealing one's IP address).
- Easy to extend.
- Further functionality can be added
to the system quite easily simply by adding more commands to
the communication protocol. A change in platform (say to
implement a client for AOL IM) can also be performed easily
given the right library, as the client program is not
dependent on the outside protocol.