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.

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 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: #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


Channel Management Capabilities

A channel on the network can have six different kinds of users. You might think of them as levels of permission and access. They are, in increasing amount of capabilities:

  • Regular User
  • Voiced, VOP or +v
  • Half-Op, HOP or +h
  • Op, Auto-Op, Full Op or +o
  • Super-Op or Admin, SOP or +a
  • Founder, or +q

Click on the links above to learn hot to set each level. Regular users and voiced users have no power over how the channel is managed. Everyone else has at least some control over who can be in the channel and general channel management.

The channel founder has the highest level of control, with the ability to remove or set any of the lower access levels. Only channel founders can set a channel successor or change the ownership of the channel, which is why we do not recommend having more than one founder for a channel. See tips on How to Choose Staff for Your Channel for more details on how to choose people to trust with your channel’s management.

The table below shows some of the channel management capabilities that are used most often:

Capabilities VOP HOP OP SOP Founder
Can speak when channel is moderated (+m) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can change channel TOPIC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can change Channel Modes (*) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can Kick/Ban users with lower status than themselves Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can Voice/Devoice users (+v) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can Half-OP/DeHalf-OP users (+h) Yes Yes Yes
Can use Botserv (/bs) commands Yes Yes Yes
Can OP/DeOP users (+o) Yes Yes
Can view/add/remove AKICKs Yes Yes
Can SuperOP/DeSuperOP users (+a) Yes
Can add successor Yes
Can add founders (not recommended) Yes

*See the Channel Modes page for details on which modes can be set by which levels. For instance, only the founder can link the channel (+l).


—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


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


Leaving Holiday Messages with Memoserv

Want to tell someone Happy Hanukkah and you aren’t online at the same time? It’s Memoserv to the rescue! MemoServ lets registered IRC users send short messages to other registered IRC users, whether they are online at the time or not. You can think of it as a simple IRC mail system.

Sending Messages

To send a message, use this command:

/msg MemoServ SEND nick memo-text

For example, to send a holiday message to LordBaconCheeseburger, I would use this command:

/msg MemoServ SEND LordBaconCheeseburger Happy Hanukkah!

In your status window, you’ll see something like this, confirming your message:

-MemoServ- Memo sent to LordBaconCheeseburger.

Finding Out If You Have Messages

If you are logged in when someone sends you a message, you will see a notification in your Status window, which looks something like this:

-MemoServ- You have a new memo from tengrrl.
-MemoServ- Type /msg MemoServ READ 1 to read it.

Some IRC clients will show the message in your active channel as well.

Of course, you might miss the notification if you are away from your computer, so you can check the list of messages to see if anything new has arrived. To get a list of your messages, use this command:

/msg MemoServ LIST

You’ll see a list of your current messages. Any messages with an asterisk (*) by the message number are new. You’ll find additional options for the LIST command on the command pages.

When you log into GeekShed, a notification message will be in your status window. Check the status window to see if you received any messages while you were not logged in.

Reading Messages

Reading messages is easy, but you have to know the number of the message first. If you need to, use the Memoserv LIST command to get the message number. Once you have the number, read the message by using this command:

/msg MemoServ READ num 

Just replace “num” with the message number from your list. For instance, to read message number 1 from my list, I would type: /msg MemoServ READ 1

There are additional options for the READ command that allow you to read all the new messages or to read a range of messages.

Additional Options

You can learn more about the Memoserv commands, including how to delete messages and how to set up notification options. Now that you have everything you need for simple messages, send me a message if you have any questions (or just want to send one of those holiday greetings).


—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny