New Staff: Amyashi, Holst, and Coyote`

WelcomeAmyashi, Holst, and Coyote` have all recently kindly accepted our offer to join the GeekShed staff team. Network administration is not an easy job, and we are thankful for the time they have dedicated to us.

Please welcome Amyashi, Holst, and Coyote` to our staff and congratulate them on their new positions.

Featured Channel: #JupiterBroadcasting

Jupiter Broadcasting Logo

#JupiterBroadcasting is the online chat and IRC home of Jupiter Broadcasting, the podcasting network currently producing six shows and streaming 24/7. The channel was founded by ChrisLAS on April 29, 2009.

What happens in the channel?

We’re a community focused around Jupiter Broadcasting, a podcasting network that produces high quality shows such as the “Linux Action Show” as well as many others. Our current lineup includes these shows:

  • Linux Action Show (LAS)—The world’s #1 Linux podcast covers the best in the open source and Linux world.
  • Coder Radio—A pragmatic look at the art and business of Software Development and related technologies.
  • SciByte—Science and technology, in bite-sized (and delicious) chunks.
  • Unfilter—A media watchdog, meme spotter, and topic deep diver.
  • TechSNAP—The Systems, Network, and Administration Podcast covers stories that impact the tech industry.
  • FauxShow—The network’s unofficial talk show, which features the chat room prominently in “The Lower Third.”

Each show is streamed live, and the channel is frequently featured, meaning you can chime in with your opinion while a show is being recorded. Between shows, the chat is always active with various topics of discussion, from Linux, to tech, to politics, to bacon.

What are the channel policies?

Our chat is very friendly and welcoming to people with differing opinions, as long as you are polite and courteous to your fellow chat members.

Anything else you want folks to know?

Join us live for our 100th episode of TechSNAP, a Systems, Network, and Administration Podcast! It’s sure to be a good time! Mark your calendar for March 7th, 4PM EST (or 2100 UTC)!

You can also find more resources on these pages:

  •—Watch live or tune in in the off-time to watch some re-runs
  •—Catch the audio stream for live shows, or listen to the Jupiter Radio
  •—Submit a story to the subreddits for some of the Jupiter Broadcasting shows. Vote ’em up, and join the community!
  •—Join our new Gaming Community on Google+!


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


The Most Popular Tips Published in 2012

Last year we published a list of the 10 Most Visited Tips for 2011. While the order shifted around, it turns you that you had the same top 9 questions for 2012. Why should I register my nickname and how do I do it? (#8 in 2011) rose to the #1 position, and new to the list was the question How Do I Join Channels Automatically?

Since there was little change in the overall most visited overall tips, I rounded up the most popular tips that were published in 2012. Here are the new tips that you visited the most:

  1. Using Channel Keys
  2. I’m Banned From My Own Channel
  3. Using Channel Modes to Hide Your Channel
  4. How to Block Private Messages (PMs)
  5. Choosing a Nickname
  6. Are You Using Our Round Robins?
  7. What To Do If You Forget Your Password
  8. What Is A Hostmask?
  9. What’s a Netsplit?
  10. Getting a Channel in the List of Chat Rooms

Thanks to everyone for a great 2012 on GeekShed. If you have any questions you’d like us to write about on the site, post the details in the Comments and Suggestions board on the GeekShed Forums. Also remember that you can apply to have your channel featured on the site, like our featured channels in 2012: #LordKaT, #EricJess, #mIRC, and #247fixes.


—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny


Mibbit Hacked

We write to report emerging news of certain elements of Mibbit (an AJAX IRC client service) being hacked. The proof of hack is further backed up by Mibbit’s official statement.

Because of the nature of Mibbit’s front end, your web browser cannot connect directly to IRC. Rather, it has to connect via a Mibbit back end service in order to make a connection. This is comparable in some ways to connecting via a dodgy Russian proxy. The intermediate party (Mibbit in this case and a dodgy Russian in the case of the proxy) can view all transmissions made to IRC and do as they please with that data.

For you, as GeekShed users, this should flag up some major concerns. The first of these is that Mibbit appears to log all private messages. Mibbit has refuted these claims and stated that private messages are only logged when permission has been given by the user. GeekShed questions the legitimacy of this as both parties should surely be complicit in the logging of their conversations on a 3rd party server. We can only assume that this includes messages you sent to GeekShed’s services (NickServ, ChanServ, etc.) when registering and identifying to your nicknames and channels.

We are, as an immediate precaution, recommending that anyone who has registered their nickname or ever identified to it, using Mibbit, changes their password as soon as possible. If you are using the same password for other services such as Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail, etc. we strongly suggest that you change these passwords also to avoid these accounts being compromised.

We also strongly suggest that our users cease to use Mibbit at their earliest convenience. GeekShed offers a flash alternative and also fully supports use of the lightirc client.

To change the password of your nickname, use the following command, when you are identified to that nickname:

/NS SET PASSWORD yournewpasshere

To change the password of your channel, use the following command, when you are identified to the channel founder’s nickname:

/CS SET PASSWORD yournewpasshere

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to find us in #help.