I still use IRC …

Yep, I said it. And I meant it.

Let’s face it, there’s a plethora of options when it comes to instant communication with friends, family, peers, llamas, whatever. I certainly use many of them from SMS to Hangouts to Skype to Courier Pigeon. One of those that I find useful is IRC. As old as it may be, it is reliable and one of the more popular ways that developers in large open source projects communicate and track communications with each other. It also has all sorts of other uses that I’m just not going to get into.

At any rate, the purpose of this post is to share a solution to a specific problem that I had, not to review IRC.

I use IRC Cloud (www.irccloud.com) as my main client to stay connected to IRC channels. They provide a nice web interface and a pretty good Android app with push notifications. Additionally, it will keep you connected when you idle – up to two hours for free and unlimited idle if you pay the $5 monthly fee.

The problem I faced was when there’s a netsplit or some other type of drop in the network that kicks me from the server I’m on. A few of these channels are invite only, so when you reconnect you need an invite to rejoin each of those channels. I was doing this manually for a few weeks until I discovered the solution … and it’s baked right into IRCCloud.

We’re going to create a very simple login script in two steps that will regain your id (assuming you lost it, which I always did) and invite you to your private channels.

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How to screen capture: Part 1

Capturing footage while you’re gaming on an PC can be a bit of a pain in the ass to configure, and if not done properly it can really wreak havoc on your frame rates.

The video below is the first in a multi-part series that I’m working on to walk you through all of the options you have for screen recording. My intent here is to show you the basics, to get you screen recording as quickly as possible without a bunch of rambling in the videos.

In this iteration, I’m covering Bandicam and the Lagarith Lossless Codec combination. It’s tried and true, works well and is a very simple setup to use. This video actually showcases a slighly older version of Bandicam, not their latest. I haven’t had adequate time to really test the latest version by the time I made this video, so I stuck with what I know works. Expect a future tutorial to include the latest version of Bandicam in the coming weeks.

Some useful links…

Bandicam:
http://www.bandicam.com

Lagarigh Lossless Video Codec:
http://lags.leetcode.net/codec.html