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Welcome to the A2 Home Page for Apple II Internet Relay Chat!

 Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a multi-user chat system, where people log into "channels" (usually centered around a specific topic) to talk publicly -- in groups -- or privately.

IRC is like a huge, international yak-fest going on 24 hours a day. In each part of the room (channels), smaller groups of people are talking about a different topics. There are literally thousands of channels for you to choose from, but finding what you want isn't always the easiest of tasks. For starters, take a look at Yahoo's listings of IRC channels, which can be found at http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Internet/Chats_and_Forums/Internet_Relay_Chat__IRC_/Channels/. Of course, you are can wander from group to group, listening to the various discussions, and if you wish, you can join in.

Typically, when you choose IRC from a menu you are automatically connected to a public computer like irc.virginia.edu. By giving the /list command you will be able to see a VERY LONG list of all the individual channels by name. You then choose which channel you want to join and start chatting to the other people on that channel simply by typing your comments and pressing [Enter]. More information about IRC and the available commands can be found at the official IRC hompage, from the organization that originated IRC, at http://www.funet.fi/~irc.

Caveat Lector

For the Apple II aficionado, the channel of interest is #appleiigs. But, forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes. #appleiigs is not for the faint of heart, and can, at times, be rather brutal. Many of those who hang out in the #appleiigs channel are very fluent and conversant in IRC lingo specifically, and computer technology in general, which may or may not include Apple II technology. You may even find yourself "talking" with someone who treats #appleiigs as their private party channel, and who may resent your taking up their bandwidth. As such, if you wander in and start asking questions of a basic nature like, "Why can't I see jpeg pictures on my Apple IIc?" then you may very well find yourself being dumped on with a torrent of textual abuse, or worse. My best advice to anyone wanting to try their hand in #appleiigs is to simply go in with low expectations. That way you won't end up being disappointed, and if you are pleasantly surprised, then all the better...


How Do I Get On IRC?

With the above caveat in mind, and if you are still determined to try out IRC, then read on. If you have shell access from your ISP, or if you are a subscriber to Delphi, you are nearly there already! Go to your shell account and get to the prompt. Where you go from there depends upon your particular ISP - many have a menu option that you may use, or have a list of unix commands you can input at the command line to connect to IRC. Delphi subscribers have it easy - you can telnet directly into Delphi from this page, and when you get there, enter these inputs at the prompts (after you log in, of course).

You can telnet to Delphi now, or read the instructions that follow...

Getting to the IRC on Delphi:

When you see Delphi's prompt:
MAIN>What do you want to do? 

You then type [internet] (without the brackets).

Then you will be greeted with this screen:

MAIN>What do you want to do? internet
                                  THE
                                INTERNET
                        SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

          The Internet SIG has moved and changed its name.
          It is now the Navigating the Net Forum on the
             Computing & Technology menu.

                   Type GO COMP NAV to get there.

Internet SIG Menu:

About the Internet            IRC-Internet Relay Chat
Conference                    Lynx (VT-100 Web Browser)
Databases (Files)             WebCentral Development SIG
EMail                         Telnet
Forum (Messages)              Utility (finger,traceroute,ping,whois)
Guides (Books)                Usenet Newsgroups
Register/Cancel               SwashZone
Who's Here                    Help
Workspace                     Exit
FTP-File Transfer Protocol
Gopher

Internet SIG>Enter your selection:

You then type: [irc]

Now you will see:

Internet Relay Chat Menu:

About IRC - READ FIRST!
IRC
Exit

IRC>Enter your selection:

That's it! Just type [irc] again and you are off to the races!


Getting to the IRC by "other means":

The user runs a "client" program (usually called 'IRC') which connects to the IRC network via another program called a server. Servers exist to pass messages from user to user over the IRC network.

From the prompt in the UNIX SHELL, enter:

irc

...or, for a faster connection, if you know the server you want to connect to, you can type:

irc server.name

If you normally use a name other than your "real" one, you can set a nickname by typing:

irc nickname servername

There are also IRC clients that you can use with your PPP connection. Ninjaforce has released an IRC client for the Apple IIgs called Samurai - you can read more about that here. Those who want to try IRC clients for Windows or Macs can try the following:


Basic IRC Commands

Here are the basic commands needed to conduct an IRC chat session:


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