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  1. Being a 3rd Generation [Brickie](/Brickie "wikilink"), I can\'t really
  2. go into what the [BBS](/BBS "wikilink") chat was like, but I\'m sure
  3. thats all detailed in the [BBS](/BBS "wikilink") entry in this
  4. [Encyclopedia](/Encyclopedia "wikilink")\...
  5. Last year (1997-1998, the reign of Floppy) was the first proper year of
  6. a serperate chat system on Redbrick, and was entitled as \"Itchy Nuts\".
  7. [Nuts](/Nuts "wikilink")(Neil\'s Unix Talker) is a chat server written
  8. by some guy called Neil, who lives in England. The
  9. [Admins](/Admins "wikilink") and Pooka bastardised the thing by adding
  10. new commands, and Redbrick specific commands, entitled \"socials\".
  11. For example, .plop does a \"You take liberties with a defenceless animal
  12. that happens to be passing through.\" and .eskimo link prints \"You
  13. gently rub your nose against Link\'s.\"
  14. Itchy is a NUTs client, it formats things a lot nicer for the user.
  15. Itchy stands for \"Imaginitively Titled Chat Harbouring Yabbering\" (or
  16. something pretty similar to that), and was written by Plop.
  17. And all was good. Chat was pretty popular, and lots of people used it.
  18. I, for one, met lots of people on it.
  19. Then, on the 28th of May 1998, [CSD](/CSD "wikilink") asked for chat to
  20. be taken down, apparantly it was wasting resources (who would have
  21. thought!)
  22. * * SHUTDOWN initiated by pOOka \*\*\*
  23. 28/05 11:07:33: pOOka logged out.
  24. Then followed months of chat-less Redbrick.When the new
  25. [freshers](/freshers "wikilink") came on board, [hey](/hey "wikilink")
  26. was the new chat, you\'d receive heys from random users, just cos they
  27. wanted to talk to you. And the older [brickies](/brickies "wikilink")
  28. talked about how chat was sooo good etc.
  29. However, on January 15th 1999, Grimnar and Spinal met with
  30. [CSD](/CSD "wikilink") and they permitted chat to come back. Itchy Nuts
  31. was gotten up immediately.
  32. However it was always the plan of the [admins](/admins "wikilink") to
  33. get IRC up and working properly on Redbrick, Plop had already configured
  34. an IRC server and Bot.
  35. After Mother nearly died in February (I think) 1999, Nurse had to be
  36. purged of a SCSI card to keep Mother working, as NUTS ran on Nurse, and
  37. wouldn\'t run right on Mother, no chat was on Redbrick for another
  38. while. IRC was mildly succesful, though not quite as popular. There was
  39. _LOTS_ of moaning by older members.
  40. In June 1999, Nurse was gotten back up, and Itchy Nuts and IRC are both
  41. running on Redbrick. IRC is far more widely used on the Internet, and is
  42. easier to maintain, while IRC is less popular among the older users.
  43. \--Singer
  44. Origionally from the [Encyclopedia](/Encyclopedia "wikilink")
  45. [Category:Encyclopedia](/Category:Encyclopedia "wikilink")