Let’s keep in touch. We’ll do that at our meetings. But between meetings someone might have something to discuss. Let’s hang out online for that. We’ll keep open a chat room use for this purpose.
For the most part there will only be dead silence in the chat room. But every now and then someone will want to discuss something. Feel free to ignore it or not even notice it. I don’t usually even say hello when I log in since probably no one is paying attention at that moment (and I don’t want to feel hurt that no one says hi back). But please hang out to help build the Mach925 community.
To participate you’ll need a small bit of software. There are many choices. I’ll walk us through two choices for Windows and two for Mac. Two of these are applications exclusively (almost) dedicated to IRC. These are XChat and Colloquy. The other two, Adium and Pidgin, handle other kind of messaging as well. So, for those, you could use that same application to stay logged in to Google Talk or other services at the same time as staying logged in to the IRC channel.
The following instructions are bare-bones. They are a work in progress. Comments and edits would be fabulous. I’ve only covered launching and configuring the software. I didn’t show the installation of each application since they are straightforward. Also, the configuration steps will only have to be done the first time the application is launched. Thereafter it should log you in and open the chat room automatically.
You should be aware that logging in to the IRC server and chat room can take a bit of time. Sometimes up to 10 seconds. You’ll see that delay in the following screen casts.
Also, when setting up the software you can choose any nickname that you want. No password is required. Choose a nickname that seems unique and does suggest who you are. If you encounter an onslaught of imposters grabbing your nickname then we’ll do another post with instructions on reserving one permanently. Unlike nickname the choice of username is irrelevant.
XChat for Windows
Download XChat and install it. You can accept all the defaults during the installation. Once the program is installed take a look at the this screen cast to set up the program.
Pidgin for Windows
Download Pidgin and install it. You can accept all the defaults during the installation. Once the program is installed take a look at this screen cast to set up the program.
Colloquy for Mac OS X
Download Colloquy and install it by dragging it into your Applications folder. Once the program is installed take a look at this screen cast to set up the program.
Adium for Mac OS X
Download Adium and install it by dragging it into your Applications folder. Once the program is installed take a look at this screen cast to set up the program.
For the Brave
Or if you’re really cool you might love connecting to our IRC channel right from here!