BNC Usability

Our BNC service now has 109 registered users. This is good. We do, however, get questions daily about connecting to it. Although I am sure this is mainly due to people not reading the manual, it’d be easier for all involved if there were clear instructions about how to connect to the BNC with different IRC clients.

For this, we need your help! Even if you don’t use the BNC service all we need to know is:

1) What client are you using and on which Operating System?
2) Do you need to install anything to get SSL working on your client of choice? If so, what?
3) What is the command to open a new server connection to on port 8888 using SSL?

Please post these as comments to this post. See the first comment (mine) as an example. Naturally, if someone else has already posted about a client you need not repeat the instructions unless their instructions were incorrect.

Thanks in advance for your time :)

GeekShed’s YouTube Channel

GeekShed has a YouTube channel where we post videos created by staff and users relating to various aspects of GeekShed. Many of these will show you, in the form of a screen video, how to perform certain tasks and make your IRC experience better. This can be found at Here are a list of the videos in our YouTube channel:

IdleRPG Contest!

Calling all chatters!

Are you pondering how you could possibly earn a gift card for doing nothing more than just chatting like you already do?

If so, #IdleRPG is for you.

Corey from is sponsoring a contest involving our #IdleRPG game and room.

The basis of IdleRPG is to see who can idle the longest in #IdleRPG without parting the channel, quitting the network, changing your nick, or chatting in #IdleRPG.

For your chance to win a gift card, check out for the complete details, registration information and rules of the game.

Please Note: The Contest starts April 1st, 2010, and goes until June 1st, 2010

GeekShed At Gnomedex 2009

GeekShed at Gnomedex

Back Row: BigRedPimp (Mike Parks), Goretsky (Aryeh Goretsky)
Middle Row: Craighton (Craighton Miller), TSStechAngel (Mellodi Parks), Kat (Kat Armstrong)
Front Row: blaster (Dave Prentice), Phil (Phil Lavin), mouse (Mike Spencer), Ryan (Ryan Murphy), Pierce (Marcus Joyce)