Round Robin Improvements

RobinBye, bye birdie! GeekShed is moving to an auto-geo-ip system that determines the best server to connect users too.

You no longer have to find the best round robin for your location. The new system should detect your location and route you to the best server for your location and situation.

The system includes some load balancing as well, so if the closest server is full, you will be routed to another, faster server.

To set up your client, simply use the irc.geekshed.net address no matter where you are. Note that we do not support ipv6 at this time.

Special Connection Round Robins

We also have round robins based on pools of servers with special capabilities. If you need these features, use one of these options:

If you have any difficulties with any of the servers, just join #help and someone will assist you.

 

Photo: Robin by John Haslam, on Flickr

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

The GeekShed Forums Are Back!

GeekShed’s Forums are back up and running, thanks to some investigation and work from Subwolf.

So go get online, post some news, add some comments and suggestions, give someone some script help, hang out in a channel forum, or ask for some network help. The Forums are ready for your messages!

Everything in the Forums should be restored and working as it did before our several-week hiatus. If you notice anything amiss, you can report what you see in #help. Thanks for your patience while we got things updated and back online.

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

Twitter Bot Upgraded

Twitter Bird SketchTwitter bot, the network bot that posts your Twitter updates in your channel, works with the new Twitter API now, thanks to some code wrangling by the admin, the tech, and the teacher, Allan Jude (also network staff). Hooray!

The bad news is that in the process of updating things recently, we discovered some corrupt information in the database the bot uses to determine which channels to join. Unfortunately some records were lost. If the Twitter bot hasn’t joined your channel again, you will need to register again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you weren’t using the Twitter bot, register now to have your status updates shared in your channel. It’s a simple process. Let us know in #help if you have any questions.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Featured Channel: #GingerGeek

#GingerGeek is the official channel of (obviously) GingerGeek, a UK GCSE student who is currently developing a content management system. The channel was founded by GingerGeek on August 20, 2012.

What happens in the channel?

Conversations take place on just about everything—from bannas to culture to Star Trek. Feel free to talk to anyone in the channel. They are hopefully all friendly!

What are the channel policies?

If you’re not annoying, you will get voice pretty quickly. If you’re really nice, you will probably get hop. Ops are hard to get, and admin is just from my bots.


Want to have your channel profiled on the GeekShed website? Check out the requirements and use the online form to apply.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Featured Channel: #mIRC

#mIRC focuses on helping people use the IRC client mIRC, a Windows client with support for scripting. The channel was founded by Zetacon on August 14, 2011.

What happens in the channel?

We are a small community that helps people with mIRC coding issues, same as #Bots and #ReaperCon. Occasionally Peer helps out with TCL issues in the channel as well. You are welcome to bring in your bots for testing and development. Just ask your question—don’t ask to ask!

What are the channel policies?

To get voice in the channel, you have to polite and help when others haven’t. Halfops and Ops will be selected in turn by Zetacon and Peer/GrimReaper via a discussion in a secret channel.

Use pastebin for long lines of text (like snippets of code).

Anything else you want folks to know?

If there is a specific type of mIRC coding that you would like, the mIRC team in #mIRC will try their best to accomplish it.

 


Want to have your channel profiled on the GeekShed website? Check out the requirements and use the online form to apply.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Featured Channel: #247Fixes

#247fixes is the online chatroom for 247Fixes, a site dedicated to combating spyware. Their goal is plain and simple: to help you stop spyware from infecting your PC. The channel was founded by therock247uk on October 24, 2009. The channel was previously known as #killspyware, before the network migrated to GeekShed. 247Fixes has been helping people beat malware and spyware since 2004.

What happens in the channel?

#247fixes welcomes discussions on anything tech-wise. We also help with PC problems and have many staff on hand to help you—including members and graduates of the 247 Academy, an Anti-malware school run by therock247uk.

What are the channel policies?

Please no discussion of politics. If you were banned from #247fixes and think it was in error, feel free to contact therock247uk on the 247Fixes Forums.

We don’t provide malware help in the channel itself. 247Fixes staff need diagnostics from your machine and some standard information about the problem you’re seeing, so malware removal help is only offered through the forums. Asking your questions on the forums also ensures that you’re talking to a member of 247Fixes staff (and not just someone hanging out in the channel). Just follow the Posting Guide if you need help with malware or spyware please!

Anything else you want folks to know?

Pop in our channel and see. Anyone is welcome to join in!

 


Want to have your channel profiled on the GeekShed website? Check out the requirements and use the online form to apply.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Planned Maintenance for Tyrol, Sunday, November 11

Techie Bunny keeping your servers servingThe data center for Tyrol, one of GeekShed’s servers, will be completing planned maintenance from 6 PM PDT (2 AM UTC) on Sunday, November 11 to 12 AM PDT (8 AM UTC). There will be sporadic interruptions in service of approximately an hour during the maintenance window.

We’ve removed Tyrol from the network’s round robins to allow connections to the server to naturally decrease over the next few days.

If you connect directly to Tyrol, please choose another server or use one of the round robins (e.g., us.geekshed.net) until the maintenance is completed.

We’ll have things back up and running as soon as possible after the maintenance is completed. If you have any questions on Sunday, you can check in #help.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Featured Channel: #LordKaT

#LordKaT is the community hangout and IRC parallel to LordKaT’s video gaming, geek, and tech content site http://Live.LordKaT.com, which streams 24/7 as a Twitch.TV partner. The channel was founded by LordKaT on September 1, 2008. (Yes, that’s the right date. #LordKaT is a channel that migrated over from WyldRyde, so the channel is older than the GeekShed network.)

What happens in the channel?

In chat, we participate in scheduled live broadcasts, available at http://www.LordKaT.com after the show as Blip.tv videos or audio podcasts. Our current lineup includes these shows:

Apart from shows, our community chat and unscheduled live streaming is a variety of gaming and community tech talk. From our mafia playing Team Fortress 2 at our own server to hard-core geek programming of a MUD server or adding new features to Live.LordKaT.com, there is often hilarious commentary from the stream regulars and casual small talk in the chat—all of which might sometimes go one step too far, leaving you laughing and feeling a part of the fun.

What are the channel policies?

We welcome everyone, but our content and discussions are intended for mature audiences. Visitors to Live.LordKaT.com are free to speak their minds, even in dissent, as long as their comments are honest, human, and respectful of others.

Active members of the community are recognized as friends and members of the LordKaT Mafia. Our community recognizes those who stand out through old-fashioned personal networking and contributing to the community. There is no application process for rank in channel. We get to know everyone through the time we spend hanging out together.

Anything else you want folks to know?

Our community extends well beyond our chatroom. Be sure to check out these additional resources:

 


Want to have your channel profiled on the GeekShed website? Check out the requirements and use the online form to apply.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Two New Servers

We have two new servers on the GeekShed network. Subwolf has donated Sheba, a server in a Chicago, Illinois data center, on behalf of his site Subwolf.org. Allan has donated Tyrol, a server in Irvine, California, on behalf of JupiterColony.com. Server Intrepid has been retired, after many years of fine service to the network.

We’ve updated the server map to show these changes. As always, we recommend that you choose one of the round robins to connect to the servers closest to your location for the best connection.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny

 

Featured Channel: #EricJess

#EricJess is friendly, welcoming community where people discuss a wide range of topics. The channel was founded by Eric Jess in June 2010. Eric maintains a community forum and a website for the channel (where he streams live video, when his computer isn’t broken). Eric shared the following information about his channel:

What happens in the channel?

There’s always something going on in our chatroom. We mainly talk tech, as geeks do, but there are all sorts of other discussions as well. We often fall on the discussion of Harry Potter for some odd reason and bacon—unfortunately, as bacon is on my dislike list. But we discuss all sorts of other topics as well. Nearly anything goes.

We are here talking during all hours. We help people with any problems they may have, and we usually have an active stream on all the time (technology allowing), with many guest streamers.

What are the channel policies?

We try to have an answer for everything, including how to become channel staff and how to earn voice. If you feel you were banned from #EricJess incorrectly, you can make an appeal online.

Anything else you want folks to know?

Well of course there is more! We have a active social network and do giveaways as much as possible. We are a family here and learn and grow with each other!


Want to have your channel profiled on the GeekShed website? Check out the requirements and use the online form to apply.

 

—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny