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Chatting on IRC
If you're not IRC'ing on
#planoeast, you're missing out. If
you're not on the 'Net yet, you should be. If you don't have a computer,
you should be shot.
Okay, so maybe that's a bit too harsh, but the Internet's such a great
place to talk with friends. That's part of the reason I came up with
the whole IRC'ing on the
#planoeast channel idea. First of
all, you can talk publicly or privately with as many people talking as
you want. Second of all, IRC'ing is completely free! Third, IRC is
easy to use. There are some less important reasons, but I think I've
made my point.
Imagine a place where you can talk to your closed circle of friends
without interruption. Now throw in the abilities to send files and
chat as much as you want. That's what IRC is, basically. Interested?
To IRC, all you need is a telnet prompt, but IRC'ing is near impossible
through telnet. Since most people are using Windows or Macs these days,
using an IRC client like mIRC or IRCii is much more convenient.
To telnet into IRC, use a good telnet program (I'd suggest NetTerm,
which you can probably find at shareware.com. Fill in the address
and port of the IRC server you want to log into into the appropriate
fields and connect. Then just follow the same procedures as listed
mIRC is the program to use for IRC'ing. It requires that you
are using a SLIP/PPP connection (you know, the thingy that lets you use
the World Wide Web and other Internet features from home) and a Windows
system. Yes, it works on both Win3.x and Win95. mIRC is so flexible and
it cleans up output from IRC so that it's much easier to read than
through telnet. You can write your own scripts in mIRC and it even
comes with pre-installed commands to help you do things with the click
of your mouse.
For more information, try the mIRC mirror
Once the software's downloaded, double click on it in your File Manager
or Explorer and install it. Now all you have to do is find mIRC in the
directory you specified for installation and double click on
mirc16.exe, depending on which
version you have.
As for Macintosh software, I'm not entirely sure what's best or how
you should configure your client to log in. But the information on
this page should work for most clients since IRC has a standardized
system of operating.
Figuring Out What to Do First
So when you run your software, it'll first ask you what server you want
to connect as and what personal information you want to enter. No one
enters their Real Names or E-mail Addresses, so feel free to put in
some nonsense so people can't find out personal information about you.
If you have problems connecting, try changing your Identd User ID to
the same name as your Real Name. The Identd tab is under the Setup
menu in mIRC.
You'll want to connect to an Undernet server. Here are some good
Undernet servers (usually your client will include some) that you may
want to add. The number after the address is the port and should be
filled into the Port field.
- okc.ok.us.undernet.org 6668
- phoenix.az.us.undernet.org 6668
- manhattan.ks.us.undernet.org 6668
- chicago.il.us.undernet.org 6668
- vancouver.bc.ca.undernet.org 6668
Once you successfully log into a server, you should get an
message, which is basically just a basic login message of the day. At the
/join #planoeast and you'll then be on the
#PlanoEast channel. From there we can help you get started on
Here are some basic commands which will help you get started:
/join channel : Joins the
/part channel : Quits the
/msg person message : Sends a private message to the specified person.
/me *action* :
grins outputs "Xeus grins."
/ctcp person ping : Checks
to see how much another person is lagging.
For mIRC, do these things. Go to the "General Options" menu and turn
on the options "Connect on startup" and "Reconnect on disconnection"
under the "IRC Switches" tab. On the "Perform" tab in the "General
Options", check the "On connect, perform these commands" box and add
/join #planoeast to the text field. The next time you start
up mIRC, it'll automatically join
About the Channel...
The channel has been registered and so feel free to stop by and chat with
whoever else decided to spend some time online.