17 Jun 2011


Author: Cool Snoops | Filed under: File Sharing, Mac, Midnight Confabulates

IRC, Internet Relay Chat, is the oldest form of file sharing known to man. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest to use. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like Microsoft DOS. You’ll find that many of the commands are similar. Probably the most frustrating thing of all is that clients can be very different from each other in the way they work. IRC is your best bet to find anything that’s not on Bit Torrent or if you’re in a hurry. You just need to know what servers and channels to visit. I’ve started a list below to help you get started. If you want to run an fserv on a Mac, you’ll have to use X-Chat Aqua with Obsidian2. Just follow the included instructions. There are other clients available for Mac that you can use like Ircle. Here’s a list that’s maintained and updated regularly that you can choose from. I recommend using the latest version of X-Chat Aqua for Mac OS X. It’s been updated so that it doesn’t spit out Catalan anymore.

IRC servers (your browser needs to be configured to load the links below in your IRC client):

IRC channels (your browser needs to be configured to load the links below in your IRC client):

Oh, oh, Master said Midnight can share some basic rules to follow when in a channel:

  1. Make sure you have a unique nick, don’t leave it default.
  2. When you join a channel, read the topic. It will tell you what is acceptable and what you can do.
  3. Stay on topic. Don’t join a Manga channel and expect to find movies.
  4. Don’t ask questions unless you are ready for a big backlash. They really, really hate being asked questions that newbies usually ask all the time. Research the net first, then ask if everything else has been exhausted.
  5. Don’t pester or message users for files. Just do what their ad says, and if it doesn’t work, move on to someone else.
  6. Never talk back or attack Ops. Even if they say bad things about you first, just ignore them. You don’t have to be childish, too. It’s a good way to get banned. Might makes right!
  7. If you are using an FTP server of a user, stay in the channel. I have no idea why they enforce this rule, but do it anyways. They will catch you…eventually.
  8. Be friendly with everyone you meet and enjoy yourself!

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