Perl Position Open

Pablo Velasquez pablo at
Tue Mar 7 14:34:50 CST 2000

IRC sounds good to me. I've never used it so at this point could you help 
us get started?

For example, where do we go for software?

Thanks so much...


At 11:16 AM 3/7/00 -0800, you wrote:

>Pablo, everyone...
> > Scott:
> > I do believe AOL runs on Unix, specifically Linux. Some months ago I was
> > using it to chat. However, since the recents changes and such I cannot
> > verify this information.
>I run NetBSD. I think an open-source, open-standard solution is more in
>order here, in the spirit of Perl =) Otherwise, we will be excluding
>people who run MkLinux, HP/UX, Apollo DomainOS, etc, etc, etc. Having to
>run a certain processor and a certain operating system to use a bit of
>software is silly, when it was written in portable C (and the source is
>simply being kept secret).
> >
> > I have ICQ is that the same as IRC?
>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 =)
> > >
> > >Does AOL IM run on Unix? If not, IRC is a cross-platform, time tested,
> > >backup. Sorry I havn't been around lately =(
> > >
> > > > Greetings:
> > > > I was wondering if anyone would be interested in having an "online" 
> Perl
> > > > meeting, for all of us that have found it difficult to attend the
> > > in-person
> > > > meetings lately, in fact, for all Phoenix Perl members out there, 
> whether
> > > > they be in Tucson or Tempe :)
> > > >
> > > > We'd need to agree on a platform. I would recommend AOL IM
> > > > (, since it's quite easy to do group chats using 
> such
> > > > software. I've done a number of them already for a magazine group I
> > > work with.
> > > >
> > > > Please let me know if there is interest for this idea and what your
> > > > suggestions might be...
> > > >
> > > > -Pablo
> > > >
> >
> >

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