Dress rehearsal 3

Okay, two simple options for those of you who want to chew some election eve fat. At the bottom we have a Meebo chat room as per the last two evenings (UPDATE – Not any more). Directly below we have the most beginner-friendly IRC interface known to man. Just type in your favoured nickname, hit the button and you’re in (God willing). Wait a few seconds for the initial mess on the screen to clear. If you’re having problems leave a comment on this post and hopefully someone will come along with a response. Huge thanks to Chris for all his assistance here. Click here to enter the chat via a different page.

The pollbludger’s irc gateway, using thePJirc applet.

Type the Room Name

Type your Nick
Type your Server URL

If the fields are correct please just hit

Or, if you know how to use an irc client, just connect to server irc.freenode.net, #pollbludger.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

24 comments on “Dress rehearsal 3”

  1. I don’t think this is going to work for we baby boomers, it just goes to fast – no lime for cconsidered comments and punctuation. Will the existing blog format still be relevant ?

  2. When I tried to connect to the IRC, the IRC wondow came up, but I got this in it:

    Unable to connect : java.security.AccessControlException : access denied
    (java.net.SocketPermission irc.freenode.net resolve)

  3. 9
    William Bowe Says:
    You might have a firewall issue or something. Iโ€™ll tell the boffins in the room to keep an eye on this thread occasionally to see if they can help with any troubleshooting.

    Boffins: Which port do I need to open in my firewall, because I keep them all closed unless specifically required.

  4. Theres a lot of uninteresting noise out there – biblical comparisons of Gillard and Bishop – I think there must be a gaggle of pimply faced dweebs taking over – who’s hotter than who – whata bore – go to a porn site and indulge your fantasies – this site should be declared wank free !

  5. @Just Me…

    It’s an outgoing connection, so it’s possibly the firewall on your PC blocking Java from making outgoing connections (hardware firewalls usually don’t block outgoing connections).

    Try turning off the firewall for a second, then see if it works. Just remember to turn it back on afterwards.

  6. Thanks, AJH. But I have too many sensitive work files on my hard drive to risk switching off the firewall, even just for a minute. Will ask my family’s resident IT expert for an answer, when he comes home.

  7. IRC chatroom works a treat ๐Ÿ™‚ .. that is the first option up there

    Didn’t try the second one but if the first one works ……

    Thanks for reminding me how nice chat rooms are ๐Ÿ˜‰ … now that it is up and funtional, I like it better than the PB list itself ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. William,

    Quick FYI/Feedback:

    I usually read PB via Google Reader and when a post interests me, I open another browser tab to go and read the full story. Has worked without any problems until tonight with the “Out of the Box” post (number 750). It’s giving me a 404 – “Server can not find it!”


  9. William – there is a strong social difference between a blog and a chat room and as such I recommend keeping them as separate entities. Blogs deal with a sequence of (generally) qualified opinions (although some of the stuff on pollbludger is a little off the edge from time to time). If you separate the chit-chat out to an IRC channel and focus plog posts to main stream contributors – then you will be offloading some of the bandwidth – otherwise just stay with the blog and deal with the traffic.

  10. Dubious, William. I had a shot at it, and got nowhere. I myself am a user friendly step by step tech writer.

    This is a little tricky, I suggest, especially for all on the eve off, when nails are already bitten. Including yours, I imagine.

    davididoff at 20 puts it well.

    PS I wasn’t shouting at you in caps about the Galaxy poll reporting on Channel 10.

    I was aware you would await a qualifier.

    It was just that the posters went on and on.

    Maybe I should have been clearer myself.. the other poster confirming definitely spelled it out.

  11. trying again at 4:34 am Sydney time and got the following error message

    unable to connect : java.lang.NullPointerException

    Advice? Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Help William. I followed your instructions only to be told to connect to irc server #pollbludger.

    William, we forgot to put up a note informing people that they need to have a Java Runtime Environment installed.

    Available here.

    Also, that they need to have Java enabled in their browser.

    Instructions here.

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