Monday, September 15, 2008

xchat Settings

I use 2 IRC (Internet Relay Chat) programs. Not for "chatting", but mostly for topics I enjoy but don't see a lot of current discussions on the web.

- MAJOR RANT BELOW -

I LOVED Usenet Newsgroups in the day. It was the best way to get information to/from people before Blogging and Google screwed it up in my opinion. The ability for any moron to put up a blog sort of ruined the web in my opinion because I can't easily filter it out. For example, let's say I was in the rec.autos.repair newsgroup back in the day. I would just simple post a note saying, "Hey, what size caliper bolt is on the 99 Chevy Cavalier?"...and I'd get back results in a day or so from people that were interested in the same things or ran across the same issues as me and they'd post a reply. We're all human.....people ask questions and people answer questions. Basic humanity at its best. Then comes Google and the Blogosphere. Now lets say I have the same problem...well...Usenet Newsgroups are basically dead (thanks a lot you sick kiddie porn freaks). So nobody caries rec.autos.repair and if they did I doubt it's full of information since nobody can get to it. So I search Google. And now I get all kinds of crap like some blogger that takes his 99 Chevy to to the repair shop and they replace his caliper and he whines about the cost or something like that. It's just not useful information. I have to go through all kinds of crap just to find what I'm looking for.

And yes - I see this as ironic - using this blog to whine about blogging. I get it, now move on the the meat of this post.

- END MAJOR RANT -

I use IRCII and XCHAT. I used to use BitchX - but I don't see that in the Ubuntu repositories and I try to stay away from non-repository items.

XCHAT has a couple of settings in the following config files you might like as well if you're a power "chatter" like myself...

In the "xchat.conf" file I set the following in addition to other preferences:

irc_conf_mode = 1

This will stop the annoying join/part messages in the chat rooms as it gets away from the meat of the discussion.

In the "servlist_.conf" file I set the following rooms to autojoin:

N=thelinuxlink.net
I=login
R=Your Name
J=#techshow
E=UTF-8 (Unicode)
F=8
D=0
S=thelinuxlink.net

N=FreeNode
I=login
R=Your Name
J=#asp.net,#csharp,#css,#electronics,#hamradio,#iphone,#iphonedev,#linux,#mono,#monodevelop,#mysql,#programming,#ubuntu,#unix,#windows-coding
E=UTF-8 (Unicode)
F=11
D=0
S=irc.freenode.net/8001

The J= setting will automatically log you into the specified chat rooms. I'm always on FreeNode.Net and you'll find me in the following rooms (not necessarily all at once), but they are the types of interests I have (as of 9/15/2008)....

You'll usually find me daily on
#asp.net
#csharp
#css
#electronics
#hamradio
#iphone
#iphonedev
#linux
#mono
#monodevelop
#mysql
#programming
#ubuntu
#unix
#windows-coding


You'll also find me on the following (my master list)

#apache
#apple
#asp.net
#asterisk
#bash
#c++
#chemistry
#c++newbie
#csharp
#css
#cw
#dd-wrt
#debian
#dns
#eclipse
#electronics
#freebsd
#french
#hamradio
#handhelds
#iphone
#iphonedev
#japanese
#javascript
#linux
#mac
#macdev
#macosx
#math
#mathematics
#math-software
#mono
#monodevelop
#mysql
#nixcoders
#*nix-dev
#osxchat
#postfix
#programming
#samba
#space
#spamassassin
#sqlite
#squid
#ubuntu
#ubuntu-devel
#unix
#windows
#windows-coding

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