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mrpackethead
02-10-2008, 12:37 AM
I'd propose that DIY christmas used irc rather than 'flashchat'... Flashchat is just ugly in comparison, and IRC is really the standard of choice when it comes to chat systems for development and disucusion on the internet.. I have four or five irc channels open generally when i'm not working, and it woudl be great to add diychristmas to this.. but alas i have to have the ugly flash client..

I guess some people are unfamilar with Internet Relay Chat ( IRC ).. Its old school internet!! However its well supported on every os that counts.. ( even windows ), and takes just a couple of minutes to learn how to use it.

aussiephil
02-10-2008, 05:41 AM
I'll explain why i voted for flash chat.

First let me say the i agree that IRC is the standard and it's not unusual fo myself to have IRC open at home.

However the corporate firewall at work is completely locked down and IRC simply will not be allowed, whereas flashchat with it's standard http traffic just flows on through.

No doubt security have an audit log somewhere but flashchat is just another bit of http traffic in it.

So for anyone behind a locked down corporate firewall wanting to have a quick catchup at lunchtime would be out of luck if the chat moved to IRC.

cheers
Phil

blurp
02-10-2008, 09:31 AM
Voted for Flsh, for the same reason as aussiephil.

Virtus
02-10-2008, 11:54 AM
I vote FlashChat...firewall at work is the reason.

mrpackethead
02-11-2008, 01:45 AM
How about a hybrid system? IRC back end, which you can connect to directly with an irc client, and get all teh benefits that it has, but also have a web based front end which looks and feels pretty much like flash chat, which can provide an interface via http thats means everyone can connect even when corporate security guys make silly rules.. Don't they know that blinky is business critical?

Best of both worlds?

Wombat
02-11-2008, 07:08 PM
I think that a Hybryd system would be good as it would allow me to connect through the corporate firewall and use an IRC client at home. I think that the Flash client is very unreliable and it times out just at the crutial time far too often and I miss what was said because it has no way to show what was on the screen before it timed out so you loose it.

Another thing is that It often just dies and does not update anymore. This happens all the time and is very frustrating when you find out that all the time you thought that people were ignoring you when it was only that you had dropped out and it didnt tell you.

There are far too many issues with the flash client to mention but the only good thing is that i can use it at work. IRC backend Flash frontend option would be the best option

Wombat

ppohlman
02-11-2008, 07:15 PM
FYI - If you get bumped out and need to read what was posted after getting booted and before you logged in again, you can type "/back ##" to show the last ## posts. (e.g. /back 30 will show the last 30 posts.) I use this so I know what people are talking about when I first log in.

klanger
02-12-2008, 04:58 AM
FYI - If you get bumped out and need to read what was posted after getting booted and before you logged in again, you can type "/back ##" to show the last ## posts. (e.g. /back 30 will show the last 30 posts.) I use this so I know what people are talking about when I first log in.


So remember, no talking about ppohlman when he's not there. LOL

Kev

ppohlman
02-12-2008, 11:29 AM
LOL! Thanks Kev.

kostyun
02-12-2008, 04:48 PM
I can't use HTTP based IRC clients at work, so, flashchat is the only option here.

mrpackethead
02-12-2008, 11:33 PM
Mmm..

If you can use flash now, and view html, i don't understand how a flash/html based system that interfaces to a irc server is a problem...
http http irc
you@work --> [work firewall] ----> [ web server ] ------> irc server