Stephen D. Williams sdw at
Thu Sep 18 12:29:41 PDT 2003

Um, historical reasons.

As for historical dibs, I used BBS chatting in about 1981 (8-bit Atari 
400 computer), Compuserve CB Simulator at 300 baud in 1983 (had that 
account for 13 years, although for no good reason), Unix Talk in 1984, 
Zephyr in about 1989 or 1990, Prodigy beta tester sometime about 
1990-1993, and misc. other chat/VR systems after that.  There's probably 
some in this group that wrote Zephyr or Talk who are my senior. ;-)  I 
used IRC off and on, probably starting in the 1989-1991 timeframe.

BTW, IRC is not the same paradigm as Buddylist/IM.  Jabber is probably 
the way to go, except for network effect catchup.


Bill Humphries wrote:

> On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, at 06:50 PM, Luis Villa wrote:
>> On Wed, 2003-09-17 at 19:19, Tom wrote:
>>> Simple and probably stupid question, can you tell me why you guys play
>>> with pewpware like AIM? Is it a fecal fetsche thing?
>> Say it with me- 'network effects'.
> In other words, your sainted Aunt Bea doesn't know shit about IRC.
> -- whump
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