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IRC conferencing forms a part of the Convergence International discussions
and feedback system, within the channel #Converge on IRCNet. This novel facility enables you to
talk "live" over the Internet, so you can give your opinions and ideas to people with immediate
On IRC members can ask about Convergence and its projects, or indeed discuss with
other members any topic of the computing market. Everyone is welcome, and we impose
no restrictions on the topic of conversation (within obvious limits). If you have
an idea for a particular meeting which could be held, please e-mail
Regular meetings are held on Sundays at 20:00 GMT, at which
times one or more committee members will definitely be there for you to speak to.
Many people on the Internet may not have used IRC yet, so here are a few pointers to help
you get started (the mIRC site also gives some general
information for IRC newcomers):
- You will need an IRC client, through which you type what you want to say and receive
other people's messages. Popular clients for different platforms (along with links to
download pages) include:
- AmIRC for the Amiga,
- IRClient for the Acorn,
- IRCle for the,
- mIRC for Windows-based IBM PC compatibles.
If you are having trouble setting up a particular client, use the
support form and select the appropriate platform (or use an
e-mail address provided on that page).
- Follow the instructions for connecting to a server - you might just be able to type
/server <name of server>. Our channel is on the IRCnet network,
servers on which include:
- ircnet.demon.co.uk (port 6667/6668/6669)
- irc.bt.net (port 6667)
- irc.funet.fi (port 6667)
- stork.doc.ic.ac.uk (port 6667)
- Finally, join channel #Converge by typing
/join #Converge. You will then
be able to speak and listen to other members on that channel.
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