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IRCjr – An IRC Client for DOS

There are IRC clients for every platform and every OS – wait, really every platform, every OS?

 

Lets see:

Windows? More than you can handle..

OS X? Sure

Linux/UNIX? Of course

 

…and more – i’ll spare you listing every platform there’s an IRC client for.

 

But.. what about DOS you say? Yes, yes – there is one: IRCjr.

 

It’s not only a proof-of-concept but is a fully-featured client. It supports CTCP messages such as /me and /version, has timestamps, logging to disk, a user-configurable scrollback buffer and supports every display from MDA/monochrome up to VGA resolutions and colors.

 

DOS IRC Client IRCjr running in DOSBox

DOS IRC Client IRCjr running in DOSBox

 

As you can see from the screenshot it sports a split-screen layout and according to its website it’ll run even on “the oldest 8088 based systems” from DOS 2.1 and newer.

 

Being in multiple channels and private messages at the same time is no problem – IRCjr is even compatible with multiple monitors, although it can only use one at a time.

 

Since DOS is pretty much obsolete these days and being asked about the reason why he wrote a program for a dead platform the programmer, Michael  Brutman, said that he had rediscovered the fun in retro computing and since all TCP/IP stacks for DOS sucked, he wrote his own and the first application he developed for it was IRCjr.

 

One of the main concerns while programming was stability and according to Michael Brutman it’s really stable and can be left running even in very busy channels such as #ubuntu on freenode without problems.

 

On the feature-side he said that he’s looking to bring multi-server support and maybe mIRC color codes into the client but sadly Unicode support is pretty much ruled out as most of the old hardware can’t load fonts.

 

So if you’re a retro computing enthusiast and addicted to IRC – give it a go and let us know what you think about it in the comments!

 

More details about the setup, configuration and capabilities of IRCjr can be found on the IRCjr website.

Mac OS X IRC Client Textual Version 2.1 Hits AppStore

The OS X IRC client Textual just got released as version 2.1 in the Mac OS AppStore.

 

What has begun as a fork of LimeChat has quickly evolved into something very distinct and usable, which was a main point of critique with the original.

Textual Mac OS X IRC Client

Textual Mac OS X IRC Client

Textuals’ feature-set is really complete: themes, plugins and an extensive range of configuration options.

One neat feature is the inline display of graphics and YouTube video thumbnails so you know what you’re going to click on even before you click.

What really sets Textual apart from other clients on OS X is its stability – crashes and lockups are really far and few between, if any. Attaching to a bouncer with log-replay doesn’t take longer than a few seconds even for a channel # in the high double-digits.

 

Textual is a fully Lion-compatible and also supports fullscreen IRCing so you’re no longer distracted by work when you’re chatting with your buddies ;)

 

Since 2.1 it now supports SASL plaintext auth, IPv6, regular expression support for highlights and it already complies with Apples’ new sandboxing requirement for Apps distributed via the AppStore.

 

The client is a paid-for app and costs $4.99, is available as a Trial version and even can be built by yourself from source.

 

AppStore link: Textual

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