Old Internet Friends, Geeky Macintosh and IRC

Well after spending most of the daytime in bed I decided to do some searching for old Internet friends from way back. I ended up sitting in a irc channel #Chatzone  on ircd.epix.net just in case someone dropped by.

A few things I should quickly explain first IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat and Macintosh was Apple’s computers before they became a fashion item for those that don’t know.

Way back in 1995 I went out and spent £2000 on a brand

Performa 630

new Apple Macintosh Performa 630 this was the first computer I had bought with my own money (well a bank loan) along with a 33.6 modem. The funny thing back then was that only geeks used Apple computers.  I signed up for Demon internet and I was away, a new world had arrived on my door step. This all before the world of Facebook, twitter and all the other social media sites, at the time even things like Skype hadn’t arrived, in the quest for more info and a little mischief, I found this little program called Homer, a irc client for the apple Macintosh.

One of the great things about the server looking back was how helpful and the learning experience it gave me, it certainly give me plenty of understanding of computers and introduced me to the world of Linux, along with the fact that it gave me the chance to talk to people who I wouldn’t normally have encountered and from far off places.

So back to my search, I did find out a few things about 5 years ago a message was posted here https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/alt.irc/TweFgAmORjQ from Decameron that some of the people that I knew back then were meeting up on another server, irc.epix.net. From there I ended up on irc.freenode.net #epix with a little help from Patrick^ and amazingly to my shock a number of the old faces from the days and nights of irc-2.mit.edu are still around on irc, including lalune, Decameron, Patrick^ (spent most of his time inside Frankie), qoreQ, xhavok and appl/muldar. Sadly Frankie is no more though.

I can honestly say it’s been great catching up with all the people there.

Dot Files and Linux

Why oh why do I not save dot files? Whenever I come to making changes to my Linux desktops I always have the same problem, “now where did that old .Xresources file go, it would look really good with this setup”. And so as always I will spend hours either making new ones or finding something that I like that someone else has created and modify it for my own use. So from today I’m going to create a special page to save all my different types of dot and general Linux config files.