- Friday night Scheduled chats will be held at 10 p.m. Atlantic time (9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific, etc.) Topic until the number of users increases: "General Maritime Research" - Later scheduled chats will cover more restricted topics, such as various records available for Maritime Research, Sharing tips, Internet Search Techniques, etc... etc... Please join us each Friday and spread around the word!
- To help people get together at other times, Marge Reid will try to be on the channel at 10 p.m. Atlantic time (9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific, etc.) on Thursday, and daily except Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Atlantic time (noon Eastern, 11 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Pacific, etc.) [ irc.islandregister.com, #islandregister ]
Please read the information on this page and our Chat Hints and Guidelines page before joining the chat for the first time!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org].
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!
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: http://www.jpilot.com/.
Rules - There are only two:
- We recommend that if you plan to use the Island Register Chat channel regularily that you use mIRC Version 6.16 [Download Now!]. mIRC is a Shareware product, and should be registered with the program's maker, but may be used for a limited time to try it out. It is perhaps the premier IRC product, and provides more features than the limited Java IRC client above. It is ideal for more advanced users, and can be set so that you can minimize it online, and receive sound notification whenever someone joins the chat. If you already have a copy of mIRC on your computer, you can configure it as per [Complete Instructions].
- For those experienced with MIRC or another IRC program, set it as follows:
- Set program to connect to irc.islandregister.com, port 6667
- /join #islandregister
- To set up an appoinment with a friend, arrange a mutually suitable time (remember to consider time zones) for the discussion, then both connect to the server at that time using either mIRC or the java client above.
- To join the weekly (forthcoming) Island Register PEI Genealogy and History chat sessions, simply connect at the appointed time, Fridays, at 10 p.m. Atlantic, 9 Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific, etc.
- When connected, there is a time lag after typing a message. This is due to the time it takes to be echoed to the server, to the other users, etc., and it can be slowed by network conditions. Be patient, and if there is another user online, you will receive an answer from them in short order.
- Common Problems:
- User has chosen a nickname already in use..... He will be assigned a numerical nickname. To change to another, type: /nick (new name here, minus brackets)
- User does not know where to type replies and comments - see screen shot above
- You may use this server for discussions of anything regarding P.E.I. History and Genealogy, your Research, your family, holidays, even about your pet, etc.
- Just keep it clean! The main rule is ABSOLUTELY NO PROFANITY, "CYBER", OR HARASSMENT. This is a family site, and those offending will have their access removed.
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 :-)