Ten years of IRC. Highlights, Memories, People & Quotes
First thing first: A bit of history
Although I had heard of IRC and MIRC before the noughties, it wasn’t until the summer of 2003 when I started to chat in a java chatroom, that my life would change forever.
In that Java chatroom, I remember seeing some people chat in such a colourful fashion, and when I asked them how’d they do it. they’d say “You need a script”.
“What the heck is a script” – I thought. And that’s how it all began.
Towards the end of the year I had tried several scripts, and none would fit my needs. I wanted things that a regular script wouldn’t offer, something different. Looking into IRCAP’s complicated code, I started to make my own.
By the end of 2004 I had learned quite a bit of mirc scripting, I had built my very own script entitled “Galaxy”. The galaxy series were quite successful, specially on IRCQNET, the IRC network owned by ICQ-AOL.
I started to become involved in everything related to IRC network administration and, by the summer of 2005, me and my old dear friend David, known as “dafka” founded our first IRC network.
I can recall a few names and fun memories from the days of Omega, as well as memorable times working on my scripts.
I moved on. I ended up working on a bots project with Jason. He invited me over to his channel on p2p, #Chat, and shortly after, we founded Fusion.
Fusion was such a great IRC network. And thanks to Dams, the network became quite successful at some point.
In the year 2006, with the grand opening of Fusion, Magix came to be. It was basically Galaxy 5.1 with a slightly newer look. And the blue bubble became a yellow star.
By the end of 2007, 16 versions of Magix had been released. Out of which, the last 5 included the network updates, which were extremely useful when it came to release bugfixes.
No one knows for sure what triggered a sudden, steady exodus of IRC chatters to other means of amusement on the internet, but one thing’s for certain: The numbers began to fall along with my interest on IRC altogether and, by mid 2008, I quit fusion.
The domains of both the network and the script ended in oblivion. I became a gamer, a husband, and ultimately, I resumed my long lost love for mountain bikes.
Magix was indeed well abandoned for many, many years, until recently, when, due to an urgent need to find ebooks for free, I remembered that there was a #bookz channel on undernet, serving free downloads.
After spending some days downloading stuff for University with Magix, it dawned on me that Magix was never meant to be a pirateish script. It doesn’t behave very well in these gigantic channels full of colour, CTCPs, NOTICES and the like.
So I thought to myself: 5 years ago I abandoned a long time hobby of mine, maybe it’s time to take back on that and release one final version, aimed towards downloading over DCC and chatting.
Many thanks to all the people who had to do with magix in one way or another, specially the folk from Fusion, such as Tricky, Boomrups and Dave_sa (wherever you two may be) Dams, Jason, Hoodzie, Kevin, Grim, Ashling, marz and many many more.
And the folk from IRCQNet lessa, daf (rest in peace, my brother), moonchylde, Walkingtwig Streetvision, Leo^ (Take care man, wherever the heck you are) Shaarv, myrddin, MrKen, Mandingo, MsBren, Libra, Justin & Iago (rest in peace man).
Places: Past & Present
- #magixforever on irc.undernet.org