0. Open IRC

Wha?

The purpose of IRC is to provide a multi-user chat space for people who are doing similar work to give each other support (moral and technical) while we work, without requiring a lot of email reading and "hand-shaking" (see comic at right - you'd need to double-click to make it larger).

Channels

Our freenode channel

 
#techscoutsma - use this to get help! See who's online.

Other channels of interest:

#greenfield-linux - the new Greenfield Area Linux Users Group (local help who know about Tech Scouts).
#nerdsummit - New England Regional Developers (less local, more active, only questions no local folks can answer)

Clients (programs) for IRC

Browser-based:
Separate Apps:

Set Up Your Client

    1. Specify the IRC server as chat.freenode.net

    2. Create a permanent, unique nickname (a "nick" - mine is "Bramface")

    3. Create a password for that nick.

Register with Freenode:

  1. When you have time, Read the Primer - know what you're getting into. For now, just stick with the #techscouts channel.  You'll be among friends.  The purpose is to give you support (moral and technical) while you work, without requiring a lot of email reading and "hand-shaking".

  2. Connect to Freenode using your IRC client

    command line: /connect chat.freenode.net
  3. Register your email address on Freenode (just do this once):

    /msg NickServ REGISTER [password] [youremail@example.com]

    Use a secure, unguessable password that you keep secret.

  4. You will receive an email with a verification command that you will need to run to complete the registration process, something like:

    /msg NickServ VERIFY REGISTER [your nick] [somecharacters]

    Enter that command.

  5. Register your nickname on Freenode:

    /nick [your nick]

  6. In the future, when you want to connect, either start up your client, or via command line:

    /connect chat.freenode.net
    6667 [nick]:[password]

Logging In

  1. Start up your client, or via command line:

    /connect chat.freenode.net
    6667 [nick]:[password]

  2. Join Tech Scouts:

    /JOIN #techscoutsma

  3. See who else is there, say hello!
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