Having a chat

Lately I’ve been hanging out a bit on the #Alfresco IRC chat. It’s quite a useful resource for quick answers from others in the community, and as moral support from others who know what you’re going through!

I personally use Adium to connect to it, and, since it’s a bit obscure, I thought I’d post some instructions on how to get Adium to connect to the #Alfresco IRC chat:

  1. Choose preferences from the Adium menu
  2. Choose IRC (Internet Relay Chat) from the ‘+’ pop-up menu in the lower left corner of the Accounts tab of the Preferences window.
  3. On Account tab in window that appears, enter chat.us.freenode.net.
  4. Nickname should be your nickname on irc, e.g. ‘iancrew’. Leave password field blank.
  5. On Personal tab in that window, enter your IRC nickname in the “Username (Ident)” field.
  6. Click OK.
  7. You should see chat.us.freenode.net (nickname) in your accounts list, and it should connect pretty quickly.
  8. Close the preferences window
  9. Choose “Join Group Chat” from the File menu
  10. Choose “chat.us.freenode.net (nickname)” from the Account pop-up menu
  11. Enter “#alfresco” in the Channel field. Leave the password field blank.
  12. Click Join.
  13. Once you’re in the chat, choose “Add Group Chat Bookmark” from the Contact menu to save the #Alfresco chat in your contacts list

To have Adium automatically connect to the #Alfresco chat each time it starts up:

  1. Right-click on the #Alfresco listing in your contacts list
  2. Choose “Get Info”
  3. Check the checkbox on the “Bookmark: Automatically join on connect” line

The only thing I don’t like about Adium is that it doesn’t auto-split your posts to the chatroom at 256 characters, which means that longer posts sometimes get cut off. Annoying, but not that big a deal. (Though if anyone knows how to fix it, please let me know in the comments below!)

Hope to see you there! (Yes, “iancrew” is me….)

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