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Irc vs Messenger: don't understand the difference #146912 10/04/06 06:28 PM
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I have a stupid question but I have to ask it. Why would someone use Mirc instead of Yahoo or MSN (Messenger or the other one canít remember itís name?).

Iím asking because I have a student here in America who will soon be going back to his country in Latin America. I want him to be able to chat with his fellow students here. I donít really use Messenger or the other one, I use Mirc. But Messenger and the other are perhaps easier to set up (you only need a screen name) and itís free, soÖ.?

My other question is can you log in to Mirc, connect to the server and then be able to ďchatĒ with someone else who is connected, all w/o opening a channel?

Thx!

Re: Irc vs Messenger: don't understand the difference #146913 10/04/06 08:39 PM
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Conditional that both people are connected to the same network (not necessarily the same server), then yes, this is possible. To do so, the person that wants to initiate the conversation would type /msg <nick of the person to chat with> <first line of message> Please note that the above command is the general format.

Some of the other messenger services (ie: Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, AIM, etc.) will allow for multiple people to chat with each other at the same time (sort of like a conference call), rather than only one to one (like a regular phone call).

This can also be done via IRC, however it requires a person to open a room (aka channel). Most networks have few regulations regarding rooms, and some don't even have the ability to register a room.

To open a room of your own, type /join #<room name>
If the room name isn't already taken, then you'll create that room with yourself having ops status.

For more details on this, I suggest you read this sticky Finding/Creating a Channel/Server

Hope this helps.