Perl Position Open

Douglas E. Miles doug.miles at
Tue Mar 7 13:19:17 CST 2000

I agree with Scott that IRC would be the way to go.  That being said,
someone else should probably facilitate the first virtual meeting, as I
have never used IRC before.  I wouldn't mind facilitating future
meetings, but I'll need to get up to speed on using IRC first.

- Doug

Scott Walters wrote:
> Pablo: IRC is the oldist chat protocol on the Internet. You connect to a
> server, like ICQ. However, the servers themselves are networked together,
> in a heirachy. This allows 100's or 1000's of people to be in on the same
> channel. If a message is broadcast on that channel, it is only sent to
> each server once. These network-use optimizations allow it to be much
> larger, and host much larger discussions then ICQ, AIM, etc. No one
> "owns" IRC. However, different organizations work together to the keep the
> internet-server network up and running, and to keep reasonable policies
> inplace, and agree on solutions to bug fixes (usualy there is
> agreement). I'm not a huge IRC fan, but IRC is sometimes handy for just
> such things. ICQ, AIM, etc are sort of commercial half-arsed reinventions
> of wheel. ICQ clients are available for VMS, Unix, Windows (3.1 through
> 2000), Amiga, Mac, and dang near any other OS you can name. Many different
> clients for Windows (most available as source) as available, though I
> think "bitchx" is the current favorite. Most clients are programable, and
> can be set up as a "bot" to automate simple tasks - maintaining file
> archives on the channel, regulating permission, moderating large
> discussions, answering frequently asked questions, inforcing language
> policies, etc, etc, etc. In a nutshell, IRC is better because it is
> decentralized, open and technologically superior to AIM and ICQ, even if
> it is isn't prettier on your windows screen =)
> -scott

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