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Wednesday, August 06, 2003


Dean chat resources

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, August 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
There's a new website dedicated to online chat for Dean, called Chat for (click above). Also, we have an IRC channel on, server, channel name PeoplePoweredHoward. Steven Edwards provides this info on connecting to the channel using Trillian:

Trillian will run. Move it where you want it and then, of the five circles [orange, green, grey, blue, and red] below your contact list, click the grey one and a Connection Manager option comes up. Click it.

Scroll down the Internet Relay Chat list until you see DALnet and click on it and then click the Add button. A new window will pop up asking for a Description, Server, Country, Port, and Group. For Description, enter Howard Dean; for server,; country United States; leave port at 6667 [and open that port if you're behind a firewall]; and finally choose DALnet for the group and click OK. Double-click on DALnet in the list, then double-click on United States, single-click on Howard Dean, and then click Connect. You will be taken back to Trillian. Click on the grey circle again and choose Join Channel. You will be asked to enter a channel name, it is PeoplePoweredHoward. Now you can chat with whoever is there whenever you want.

Once you have gone through the initial setup, connecting to the chatroom is very simple. Load Trillian, click Connection Manager, make sure the Howard Dean selection is made, click Connect, and join the PeoplePoweredHoward channel.


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