[Herts] IRC

David Precious davidp at preshweb.co.uk
Sun Jul 1 21:06:11 BST 2007

Hi Cliff,

Cliff Deamer wrote:
> Hi,
> I need a helping hand (again!)
> I was trying to access the IRC channel discussed in David P's mail but
> without success, here is what I am doing.
> I go to http://ircatwork.com
> Enter nickname
> Server is irc.techwarelabs.com
> and channel  #hertslug
> Login
> This opens the channel but obviously not the one other members of the
> group are using.
> What am I doing wrong?

You're connecting to the wrong network. There's several IRC networks, 
you need to connect to one of the many EFnet servers.  You can find a 
list at:


My normal recommendations are efnet.demon.co.uk, irc.choopa.net, 
irc.prison.net, irc.mzima.net, irc2.choopa.net, irc.blessed.net.

So, using that ircatwork.com link, you'll need to change the server from 
the default to one of the EFnet servers.

I found out that EFnet have their own CGI::IRC instance at 
http://chat.efnet.org/ which you could use, but they don't seem to allow 
you to choose a server, which is pretty stupid (the one it picked by 
default wasn't allowing any more connections as it's full).

If you start getting in to IRC, you'll probably start finding web-based 
IRC a pain, and want a real client.  My preference is XChat 
(www.xchat.org), but there's plenty of others - KDE's Konversation is 
used by at least one of our group, and even Gaim (or Pidgin, as it's now 
called) has basic IRC support.

If you'd prefer to do it from a console, there's irssi (my preferred 
console client), BitchX, ircII and others.


Dave P

David Precious
http://blog.preshweb.co.uk/ :: http://www.preshweb.co.uk/

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