Here’s a Forum Post about IRC
Long before the days of the web and instant messaging as we knew it, there was IRC. Internet Relay Chat, was created in the late 80s but gained notoriety during the invasion of Kuwait and subsequent gulf war. Through IRC people who were lucky enough to have access to the then rare internet, were able to engage in real-time chat with others around the world. While the technology itself was not new or revolutionary the rapid growth quickly grew IRC into the standard for internet based chatting.
IRC works exactly like the many different independent â€œchat roomsâ€ which you will find scattered amongst various websites. The difference is the fact that in IRC all the channels (chat rooms) are connected on servers, and servers are connected using specific networks. This way I can log into a server in my country and have access to all the channels on all the other servers on the network.
So what does this have to do with the podcast pickle chatroom? Well, the podcast pickle chatroom is simply a web based client which connects to the â€œAfternetâ€ IRC network, so if you want to get connected and wield the full power of IRC, just follow the following steps.
1. Get an IRC client
Using IRC without a good IRC client is like surfing the web without a good web browser. Following is a list of good IRC clients for various platforms
xchat – http://www.silverex.info/news/
mIRC – http://mirc.com/
xchat â€“ http://www.xchat.org
plenty of others
Colloquy – http://colloquy.info/
2. Join a Channel and Network
Before you connect to your network is to come up with a â€œnickâ€ which you will be identified as. Choose something that is unique, by default IRC does not â€œreserveâ€ nicks you want something that someone else isn’t interested in. You also want to think of an alternative nick which the system will use if the nick you want is not available.
I use â€œawormusâ€ for my nick and â€œawormus_â€ for my alternative nick.
Once you have installed your client fire it up. You will be prompted to choose a server and enter your nicks and â€œreal nameâ€. Some IRC clients allow you to choose the default channel, use the following information to connect to the â€œphpcâ€ IRC channel.
I’m in, now what?
IRC has a whole sub-culture which has been built around it. There are commands, bots, moderated/invite-only channels, ops, kicks, k-lines and much, much more. Thankfully these days the modern graphical clients, provide an easy learning curve for beginners.