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How To Chat From a Mobile Device

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Jared has put together this screencast tutorial to show you how you can join our live chat room (or any chat room) using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Open up your browser and point it to mibbit.com/m. You’re going to need to enter your specific information now. Add your registered chat name (if you already have one), or pick one randomly. Enter in the server address: irc.geekshed.org. Now add in the channel name, which is: #chris. Make sure you enter the pound sign before the channel name, without a space between them. Under tab orientation, make sure that Left is selected. Enter the channel!

Once it has connected to the server, you’ll be able to hang out with all of us in the channel. Once it has loaded, you’ll be able to add in your nickname password as needed. If you need to register your name, you’ll need to do the following:

To register your nick type /msg nickserv register password email. Replace the word password with a unique password that you can remember and the word email with your email address. Once you have registered, you will need to enter your password in the password box when logging in each time. To do this, type /ns IDENTIFY password in the status screen and hit enter (remember to replace the word password with your actual password).

We don’t have many channel rules, but we do require you to follow them:

Please be courteous, and follow a few simple rules. You cannot be abusive to others, talk in caps, discuss anything illegal or defamatory, or start a “fight”. You must speak English, and not use any explicit or offensive language. Links to personal sites are not allowed (myspace/facebook/youtube) and are considered to be spam. Keep in mind that a Moderator has the last word, and please do not argue with their judgement. We do not allow torrent discussions here – period. No talk of hacking, cracking or anything of the sort.

Come hang out with us in chat sometime. There are people there twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We’re typically talking tech, yes. However, we do discuss pretty much anything and everything – as long as it falls within the rules.

A big thank you goes out to our moderation team. These people give up a lot of their time for nothing more than our thanks to help keep our community a friendly place for everyone. You guys are fantastic. I couldn’t do this without all of you.

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Embed My Live Stream and Chat on Your Windows Desktop

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If you’ve ever wanted to embed my live stream and/or chat room on your Windows desktop, it can be confusing as to how to go about it. I know that many of you have asked for tips, so I was happy to see this video done by the GTAXLLive channel.

Open up any web browser, and head to Amnesty Hypercube for Windows. Download and install the widget. Once installed, you need to right-click your desktop prior to opening it. Click “View” and make sure “Show Desktop Icons” is NOT checked.

Open up Amnesty Hypercube. At the top of your screen, you’ll see a little icon that you can click on. Choose “Create Widget from Code” from the drop-down menu. Now, point your browser towards my live stream. Once the stream loads, you’ll see a “Menu” button at the bottom of the stream. Click that, and choose “Embed”. Select and copy everything in the line that says “Live Show”.

Back in Amnesty Hypercube, click “Create Widget” from within the “Create widget from code” menu. Voila! You have my live stream on your desktop. You can move it anywhere you would like. Repeat the process to embed the chat room, only this time from the live stream, copy the embed code where it says “Chat Room”. Note that you can also embed this directly from the GeekShed network itself, as well.

That’s all there is to it! Thanks so much for making this much easier for everyone out there.

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What Does the Community Want From Video?

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I record videos for YouTube – and other outlets – on our live stream. I’ve been doing this for awhile now. Since I was using standard definition in the past, I could only eke out a few frames per second. This is nowhere near what I can do with these HD videos in 720p. I got an email the other day from Acer_Lover, asking if I could go back to recording videos through the live stream camera again.

I’m throwing this out to all of YOU. Even though it’s not HD recording… the frame rate is jerky… and the quality isn’t as good… would you rather see us recording videos the old way? Chat would once again be integrated into the video stream, and the angle would go back to where it was.

Or, do you prefer the better quality of the HD videos? What do you think? Should I stick with this current format (HD)?

Most of my videos in my YouTube account were done the old way, absolutely. I thought it would be better if I switched to recording in HD, to up the quality.

Perhaps I chose unwisely? Let’s hear your thoughts!

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Changes in Our IRC Network Channel

As many of you know by now, my live chat room changed networks today. For many years, my various channels were located on the WyldRyde network. For the most part, things worked very well between myself, the network, and its staff.

There have been many changes recently, and I’m not going to make much comment on them. It’s frankly not my business, nor my place, to attempt to guess as to every “real” reason, and everything that happened behind the scenes. However, moving networks was not a decision I came to lightly. This also wasn’t done solely to please one or two people, as some are trying to claim.

I want my chat users to have the best possible experience when they visit my channel. There were some things that transpired at WyldRyde today that I knew would prevent that positive experience, changes which could potentially place much pressure and stress on my staff, my users and even myself.

The owners and administrators of the new network, GeekShed, are people I have come to know very well over the years. These people know what they’re doing, and they do it very well. I have complete confidence in them, and in their ability to properly maintain the new network.

GeekShed IRC was started by a majority of the former WyldRyde Network staff. They felt that the WyldRyde management was not handling issues and complaints (made by staff, users and channel owners) over a period of several months. These complaints were ignored, and not dealt with in any satisfactory manner. The recent (and undisclosed to the users and majority of the staff) acquisition of WyldRyde by BestTechie played only a small part in the actual decision and subsequent move.

I am very happy thus far with my new IRC home, and I certainly hope you will join us there. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can leave them here in a follow-up comment. For questions related to the network itself (not my channel, specifically), you can join the new network: irc.geekshed.net and join the #help channel there to speak with the staff.

Edited to add: You will not need to re-register, no. The nicknames, channels, passwords, etc were all moved to the new network. Your nickname is already registered on GeekShed if it was registered on WyldRyde, and you will use the same password to log in. Also, the voiced user list was moved for my channel, and will continue to operate the same as it has in the past.

As always, I will continue to be streaming live… 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… at live.pirillo.com.

Kat Got Engaged!!

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Yes guys, it’s really true. Our very own Kat is off the market for good. Mike – aka Mouse in chat – asked her to marry him last Friday, just before Kat did the weekly giveaway!! She accepted, and they are planning to get married on May 16th of this year. When talk on our Ventrilo server turned to the pending nuptials after the giveaway, I had to be sneaky and record it all for posterity sake!

Even happier news… Mike and Kat are expecting a brand new baby Geek sometime in late September! I know that many of you have been asking on a regular basis how she is doing. Kat reports that all is “mostly well”. She’s awfully tired, so go easy on her in chat you guys! She has a lot of “morning” (read: ALL DAY) sickness, but that’s slowly getting under control. Otherwise, she’s doing wonderfully, and is very happy.

This now makes two marriages that I am sort of responsible for. A couple of years ago, two of our other long-time community members met and ended up getting married. BigRedPimp and TSSTechAngel are still happily hitched, and still a large part of our community of Geeks! Go me! Maybe I should open my own Cupid business or something?! What do you think?

Congratulations, Kat and Mike. All of us here in Pirillo-land wish both of you nothing but years of happiness!

How to Chat on the iPhone or iPod Touch

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If you couldn’t tell, I was reading what was being said in our live chat room – on my iPhone! The Colloquy IRC client is now available from the App Store for only $2.00! Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been just plain ugly. By adopting more of the Mac interface standards, Colloquy has shattered that mold forever, and made something slick and easy-to-use. There are a ton of cool features included with this iPhone App, including:

  • Convenient nickname and emoticon completion popups.
  • Organized Colloquies view that shows all your conversations at a glance.
  • Highlights messages (and optionally vibrates) when your specific words or nickname is mentioned.
  • Highly customizable interface and behavior settings within the Settings application.
  • Built-in browser for clicked links and commands for quick Google, Wikipedia and Amazon searches.
  • Full support for landscape mode in the entire application.
  • Multiple message styles to choose from.
  • Allows you to join multiple chat rooms across many different servers.
  • Automatic identification with network services (NickServ).
  • Solid support for secure connections over SSL.

If you’re looking for a way to chat on your iPhone, you now can do it with ease. It’s simple to get connected, yet has all of the capabilities of the full sized Application for OS X. It’s honestly very fast, as well. There is zero lag between the time someone types into chat, and when you see it on your iPhone.

You can use Colloquy in either landscape or portrait mode. This makes it nice, because each of us have our own unique way of being able to read things. Whichever works for you will work on the iPhone now!

Now, listen closely… within a week of this video being posted, I will be giving away five licenses for Colloquy for the iPhone! There is only one requirement:

You have to join Twitter, and send this message: @chrispirillo Gee I’d like a free license for Colloquy for the iPhone. Thank you..

I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and choosing five of you randomly to chat with us from your iPhone or iPod Touch!

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Subservient Chris Raising Money for WyldRyde

If you were with us last New Years’ Eve, you know what we have in store for you this year! If you weren’t, you truly have no idea what you missed! What is a Subservient Chris, you might be asking right now… well, let me take a few moments to fill you in!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Burger King Subservient Chicken. This idea was based off of that lovely little chicken! The WyldRyde IRC Network is where my live chat is hosted – for free! The people who maintain this network are hard working and dedicated, and each of them volunteer their time and expertise. I am indebted to them for everything they do for me, day in and day out. WyldRyde depends on money raised via donations and ad revenue in order to keep the servers running. WyldRyde is home to more than 700 chat rooms, all of which are absolutely free to set up and use!

Last year, I learned that the head of the network, usrbingeek had been paying a large portion of the network’s bills out of his own pocket. I decided that since he and his staff give so much to me, it was time I give back to them. Thus, the idea of Subservient Chris was born! For a minimum $10.00 donation to the network, people could make silly demands of me. I had to sing, dance, put my dog on my head, and even ended the night in a dress! Any request is granted once a donation is made, as long as it’s nothing illegal or degrading. Remember, I have final veto power on any and all requests!

Yes – you guessed it! We’re going to revive Subservient Chris again this year! Join us on New Years’ Eve from 11pm – 2am EST (8pm – 11pm PST) while we ring in the new year by raising money to help meet WyldRyde’s fundraising goals! I promise, this is going to be an event you won’t want to miss!

Once again, thank you so much to usrbingeek and his entire Staff for everything you do. You guys are amazing, and I am so thankful to call WyldRyde my home!

How Chris Pirillo Changed the Internet Community

Geek!This is JoshuaXP’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

We have all seen him somewhere, whether it may be on YouTube or on his website watching his live stream or remembering him from those TechTV days where he did his “Call For Help” segment. Chris Pirillo has brought something to everyone in the technology world that has been fun and insightful as well as knowledgeable and helpful. Not to mention he brought us his life to us and has been doing so since last year with his wife Ponzi, his two cute dogs Wicket and Pixie and all the bloopers that may have happened along the way.

Over the past year, Chris has done many achievements to make sure his community thrives and to see that his community is always active with new blogs and new faces. Some of the achievements that Chris has done for the community are listed as follows:

1. The Chris Pirillo Website:
This where it all started, and where everyone came to see his blogs about new technologies ranging from reviews to new products to buying them and letting us know about the coupons he shares with us, so that we geeks can save a little money on the side, which is never a bad thing at all. This is also where we find his discount coupons for certain products that he likes. In all, his website is great service for all tech people and helps the community become active on tech news.

2. The Live Stream:
If you didn’t see Chris Pirillo on his website, then I am pretty sure you have seen his live stream, since this is how he has attracted so many viewers and so many people to his community. It’s no mistake that his stream is very random but clean and you may never what he will do next on it, especially when he starts his recordings for YouTube. Also the chat room on the bottom also enhances the feel for the stream and since the stream runs 24/7, the chat room is always running with people chatting. Let me also include that Chris does a webcam giveaway every Friday night to a lucky person in the chat room that follows the requirements for it, which makes more people come to see his stream and be a part of his community as well.

3. The #Chris chat room:

Who can forget those comments during the videos that either made us laugh or made us more knowledgeable about the topic Chris was covering during his videos. Nothing beats giving feedback to him after he finishes recording his video. This room is always filled with people typically talking tech and has many people asking questions which are usually are answered with patients since there are over 250 people in the room chatting away. It’s best to behave here since you are watched al the time by the helpful ops in the room, and when they see someone who is respectful and not a rule breaker, they will be voiced. Voiced users will be granted the ability to chat during video recordings, which is great and awesome privilege.

4. Chris’s videos recording for YouTube:
What’s better than a review or top five lists on video? Well, recording it live on stream with a chat room of course. Not only has he been recording videos for YouTube for a year now but he has over 1800 videos that are tech based that help other people figure out there troubles with there computers or helpful tips on how to do something on there comp that will save them a considerable amount of time. Most people send him emails on suggestions on what he should so a video about, but most of the time he does it on something of his choice. The links are provided if it’s a website review or there will be a link to a product if it happens to be that. In all Chris videos are very informative and usually funny and entertaining as well.

5. The Geeks Community Website:
The latest achievement that Chris has done for the Chris Pirillo community is a website that has over 10,000 members now and is still continuing to grow because this website has many features that today’s social websites have. This site lets customize almost anything you want from putting pictures up to uploading your favorite personal song to it. In my opinion this web page is much better than those other places like Myspace and Facebook, but that’s just my opinion. The forums here are always being made and people are always leaving comments on there forums for feedback. The great thing here about Geeks website is that you can create a special group where you can invite new friends to it and post videos and or topics relating to your new groups interests. Everything you could want in a website is here and this has captured many geeks from around the world to it and has made people join the Geeks website.

As you can see, Chris Pirillo has done something that many people haven’t done yet and he will continue to produce new material to his community everyday and will stream his life for as long as he can. It is now that the whole world knows who Chris Pirillo is and people are starting to take notice of him. Maybe someday Chris will earn an award for his achievements in the past year because I really think he deserves it considering how much time he has committed to his work. As for now we will continue to see Chris do what he does best and that is providing his community with new and interesting technology to people who will use it and that will tech others around them in there own communities at home.

How Should You Act on IRC (Internet Relay Chat)?

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Miikee writes: “After reading a couple posts on the new Geeks website related to your chat room on WyldRyde, I came up with the top 5 things to consider when participating in a busy chat room.”

  • Learn the room. Don’t expect to be the center of attention in the room. Trying to be will make you an unpopular chatter from the start. Spend time watching and learning what are the accepted practices of the room. Remember, the object is to become an accepted member of the community, not the room trouble maker.
  • Don’t be the room cop. A busy chat room always has several OPS as well as appropriate Bots to maintain the room. If someone is out of line, let the OPS handle it. Acknowledging an out of line chatter only encourages them. This is reminiscent of the class clown in school.
  • Direct comments to individuals by name. A busy room will have discussions on several topics going on at once. To make sure your comment is directed to the correct topic and person, start the comment out with that persons name. Ie: Joechat, yes I had that problems with Windows Vista too.
  • Don’t private message someone without asking first. I relate this to walking into a persons home without knocking on the door first. Also be aware that it is against the rules on the WyldRyde network to do so.
  • Be yourself. It is very easy getting caught up in the world of being something your not. People assume that since it’s online, it’s not real. They figure I will never meet anyone here so what does it matter. This world we live in has become much smaller with technology. The fibs you tell in one community may come back and bite you when exposed in another community. Remember, the folks on the other end are real, treat them as you would the friend down the street and your circle of real friends will become much larger.

Thanks, Miikee for that list. Those are all great points, and good reminders on how to act in chat. I have to thank all of the Mods (Ops and HalfOps) in my channel. They are a great team, and spend countless hours of their own time (for free) to help keep things running smoothly in the channel. They’re a great group of people, and the chat wouldn’t be successful without them.

For more information about how to handle yourself in my chat room, check out the Chat Room Rules and Guidelines, Why Can’t I Talk in the Chat Room? and How Do I Get Voice (+V) in Chat?.


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Why Can't I Talk in the Chat Room?

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – While recording a video earlier, a chatter emailed me to ask why his messages wouldn’t appear in the chat room, and what the problem is. Well… it’s not a problem. It’s a feature we’ve had to enact.

Wicket is a good doggie. He behaves himself, so he is always voiced in the chat room at live.pirillo.com . When we record videos, we found that people would come into the chat room and cause problems. They would say inappropriate things, spam inappropriate links, or just misbehave in a way that made me have to record over. This got to be a huge waste of time. We now moderate the channel during video recording, and any time we have a spammer or anything that gets out of control.

What is moderation? Simple… enabling channel moderation means that no one without a voice (+), halfop (%), or full op (@) can chat. You can type in your client, but your messages will not show up in the channel. How can you get voiced? It’s easy, really. BEHAVE . Watch your language, be courteous and follow the channel rules.

I don’t have many channel rules. They are:

  • No repeating yourself. We see your question/comment. No one (including me) may have the answer right then, or have the time to answer. We will when and if we can!
  • Don’t post links! Tiny url links will earn you an automatic kick. Posting links to your youtube, myspace, etc can and will be considered spam. You can post links that are relevant to a conversation, such as a tutorial or help topic.
  • Turn off the caps lock! This is considered shouting, as most of you know. Talking in all caps will not get you noticed or answered faster. Quite the opposite will happen… you’ll probably get ignored by your fellow chatters, and / or kicked from the channel for repeated abuse.
  • Be NICE. Don’t be abusive or rude to other chatters. If you have a problem or disagreement with someone, that is fine. Handle yourself in an adult, civilized manner. Don’t attack anyone.
  • Explicit language is a no-no You know what this means. No profanity, nothing sexual, no racial slurs.
  • Don’t spam the bots Don’t constantly set off bot triggers, such as !rules, !register, etc. Only use them as needed. They usually trigger themselves anyway on certain keywords. When a user says “How can I register my nick?” you don’t need to do !register. The bot will pick up on it already.

Also, you should make sure you become familiar with the WyldRyde Rules as well. WyldRyde is the IRC network that hosts our live chat, and they have their own rules that must be followed in order to remain on the network. Before you ask… yes, the Constitution guarantees you the Freedom of Speech. However… WyldRyde is a private organization, and private organizations are allowed to set their own rules and standards.

You also need to make sure your nickname is registered on WyldRyde. To do this:

To register your nick type /ns register password email. Replace “password” with a unique password that you can remember and “email” with your email address. Once you have registered your nick name you will need to identify yourself every time you login to the server. To do this type, “/ns IDENTIFY password” and hit enter. If you use an IRC client, you can configure it to identify you automatically when you connect.

Last but not least, here is how you can get a Voice in the channel… and keep it!

  • Contribute with meaningful and intelligent conversation when the channel is not moderated.
  • DON’T personally attack others, flood the channel, talk in caps, use sexually explicit language, post useless links, abuse the bots, or argue with the ops.
  • Be responsible. If someone in the channel is breaking the rules, don’t encourage them. Ignore them, let the ops deal with them, and try to help steer the conversation back on topic.
  • Have a registered nick.

And there you have it… why you cannot chat during recording, and how you can become a voiced, trusted chatter!

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