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Posted - 09/14/2002 :  18:17:37  Show Profile  Visit Michael's Homepage  Send Michael an AOL message
StrataCafe now has a permanent IRC chatroom, thanks to long-time StrataCafe member Steven Richards.

Hopefully we'll keep the room useful. Discuss tips and tricks, and help out folks having trouble with the software. I'll stop by on a regular basis to answer questions and generally act like a goof.

Here's a quick rundown on using IRC, if you haven't before:

1. The first step to getting online IRC is to download a Chat Client. For PC, the major clients are mIRC, PiRCH and Trillian. For Linux/UNIX, the most popular client is XChat. If you’re on a Mac, you can try Snak, Ircle or ShadowIRC. There is also a web-chat section on Afternet.org’s website, which allows you to connect to the network without downloading an IRC client.

mIRC: http://www.mirc.com
Trillian: http://www.trillian.cc
PiRCH: http://www.pirch.com
XChat: http://www.xchat.org
Snak: http://www.snak.com
ShadowIRC: http://www.shadowirc.com
Ircle: http://www.ircle.com
Afternet.org Webchat: http://www.afternet.org/chat.php

2. Once you’ve downloaded and installed your client of choice, you will need to configure it to connect to the IRC server irc.afternet.org. (Note: The Afternet.org webchat does not require configuration. If you are using webchat, you can skip to the next step.) The help files/online documentation should tell you how to do this. A quick’n’dirty way to connect to the server is to type the following into the main window of the chat client: /server irc.afternet.org

3. After the client connects successfully, type /join #stratacafe to enter the StrataCafe chat room.

4. That’s it! If you need more help, you can check out the homepages for the client you’re using, or contact me at michael@stratacafe.com for assistance.

Michael Luscombe
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