Installing and Using a Chat Client for IRC

To meet in a chatroom, everyone in class will need to install a “chat client.” This is a little program the will connect to the chat, show you what people are saying in one window, and allow you to add your own comments and commands in another window.

I personally like ChatZilla, because it doesn’t depend on using a particular operating system like Windows or Mac, but rather just depnds on the browser.  There are other options.

We will be using old-school IRC (Internet Relay Chat). –Relish the historical experience! ;-)

  1. Install whichever chat client you’ve chosen.
  2. Next, open your chat client and navigate to the chat: it can be found at irc://freenode/rhetorix/ –this probably means typing or pasting this address into an adress bar in your chat client.
  3. The first time you’ll need to register a username.
  4. You may need to join #rhetorix in a separate step, depending on your chat client.
  5. Try signing in a day or two early in case you run into any trouble; you’ll have time to sort it out.
  6. Here is a link to basic IRC commands; they are pretty simple: you type them into the same little box where you also type the things you want to say.

I will demonstrate how this works in class, but if you have a chance, give it a try before hand.  That way you can ask better questions!

5 comments for “Installing and Using a Chat Client for IRC

  1. Jeong Kinser
    September 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I just installed the chatzilla! Where is a best place to find knowledge base content for its usage?

  2. September 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Jeong, try the Chatzilla FAQ.

  3. Jeong Kinser
    September 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    In response to Dr. DeVries,
    I will try that. Thanks, Dr. DeVries.

  4. aarias1
    October 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    What is the name of the chatroom?

  5. October 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Aaron, go here: irc://freenode/rhetorix

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