XIN.at has been running an IRC chat server for some time now, but the problem always lies with people needing some client software to use it, like X-Chat or Nettalk or whatever.
- Purely client-based as a Java Applet or Adobe Flash Applet, neither of wich are very good options.
So that should do away with the “I don’t wanna install some chat client software” problem, especially when considering that most people these days don’t even know what Internet Relay Chat is anymore. It also allows anonymous visitors on this web log to contact me directly, while allowing for a more tap-proof conversation when compared with what typical commercial solutions would give you (think WhatsApp, Skype and the likes). Well, it’s actually not more tap-proof considering the server operator can still read all communication at will, but I would like to believe that I am a more trustworthy server operator than certain big corporations.
Oh, and if you finally do find it in yourself to use some good client software, check out [XChat] on Linux/UNIX and its fork [HexChat] on Windows, or [LimeChat] on MacOS X. There are mobile clients too, like for Android ([AndroIRC], [AndChat]), iOS ([SIRCL], [TurboIRC]), Windows Phone 8 ([IRC Free], [IRC Chat]), Symbian 9.x S60 ([mIRGGI]) and others.
So, all made easy now, whether client software or just web browser! Ah and before I forget it, here’s the link of course:
- [XIN.at web chat at https://www.xin.at:8080] (you’ll need to accept a self-signed SSL certificate and use a modern browser. Sorry, Opera 12.x is unsupported :().
Edit: Currently, only the following browsers are known to work with the chat (older version may sometimes work, but are untested):
- Mozilla FireFox 31+
- Chromium (incl. Chrome/SRWare Iron) 30+
- Opera 25+
- Apple Safari 5.1.7+
- KDE Konqueror 4.3.4+
The following browsers are known to either completely break or to make the interface practically unusable:
- Internet Explorer <=11
- Opera <=12.17