One bad thing about me is I have several avenues of communication open to me. From e-mail, IRC, IM to even Twitter. My favorite though would have to be IRC, but there is one little snag. I haven’t found a “good” IRC client which as the UX (user experience) I am after. There are a lot of GUI ones available, but the UI is wonky to work with and in windows that is pretty much it. In *nix you have the opposite most IRC clients are command line based. However, I will say the command line based ones give me a better UX than most GUI ones. So until I find a good GUI one that I like I am stuck with what is available for windows. Since, the command line based IRC clients are closest I was ecstatic the other day to find out that IRSSI is available now for windows. So in honor of my great happiness of finding it I want to dedicate a post to setting it up and using it.
Step 1: Get IRSSI
First, we need to download IRSSI. Be sure to get the windows version of the binaries.
Step 2: Install IRSSI
Installation is pretty easy just download it and run the self-extracting executable. I usually put it in a programs folder in my My Documents.
Step 3: Run IRSSI
Once you have it extracted proceed to the folder you extracted it to and run the irssi.bat file.
Step 4: Configure and Join IRC Server and channel
Pretty much all you have left to do is set your default username by typing
/set nick nickname
Then to join a server and then a channel
When you have that done it should look like:
Hope to see you in IRC.