The Party Line - The Island Register Genealogy and History IRC Chat Page

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What is IRC?

IRC is an acronym for Internet Relay Chat. "It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in allmost all countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on Channels (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion" [from a description given by Tjerk Vonck,].

For our purposes, it will allow us to set up weekly chat sessions for Maritime researchers, and will allow them to make appointments to meet their friends at other times during the week to discuss their family trees, research, etc.

When you enter a username below and click submit, you will get a window opening showing the security certificate for the java module that powers this IRC client. Accept the certificate. You will then be connected to the Island Register P.E.I. channel. Once connected, on the right, you will see a list of those who are connected. Ignore @GenBot - he is a robot (Bot) that controls some of the functions of this channel, and he isn't a great coversationalist! :-)

Please enter a unique username to use for this session in box below..... If it is not unique, you may run into a problem with another user using the same name, so best to make it really long, or truly unique. [Note: Only IE4 or above, Netscape 4.08 or above, and later versions of Firefox or above will run this applet, but most users are already using these versions. If you are using an older browser, you might consider downloading mIRC, which runs freestanding.] Finally click on "GO", and the applet will load. Please grant the requested permission for the Thawte's Netscape object signing certificate, or Microsoft Authenticode certificate, when the pop up window appears when first load the the applet.

This is what your screen's pop-up box should look like when the (jIRC) application below is running. On the left is your chat window, on the right are the users in the channel at the moment. Click your mouse where it says "type here in the photo" then type your messages! Screen Shot

Note: Enter unique username, grant permission for signing certificate. The java
IRC client may open up in a new window on your taskbar after you click "GO".
If so, click on the second browser window in your taskbar. Please read instuctions on this page before connecting.

If you can't connect using this form in your browser, try the following page: Online Chat! - Select your own meaningful user name, not the default it shows!

Alternatively, try Java IRC

I have registered the above Jpilot jIRC software for use on the Island Register's Server only. Those who would like to obtain a copy for their own page must download a copy from:

General notes:

Rules - There are only two:

Finally, I must thank my son, Jeffery, for his major assistance in setting up this IRC channel and page. He is the IRC expert, and it would have taken me a month of Sundays to set it up otherwise :-)

Dave Hunter and The Island Register: HTML and Graphics© 2000

Last Updated: 6/24/2009 10:39:40 AM
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