the primary way to make it bearable is to run an irc client on a server and that should give you a little hint that something is fucked up
when you leave denial that's a monthly fee, a machine to maintain, and sysadmin skills required just to join a chatroom in decent conditions
@CobaltVelvet That's also a hint though as to how peoples' interfaces with machines have changed.
At one point, people tended to run one machine, a desktop, and:
a) it was more acceptable to both hop offline and online. Now there's more expectation to be Very Online
b) that desktop could be connected all the time, but you weren't always connected to it
a) people have multiple devices, want to access from each
b) the expectation to be Very Online has increased
@CobaltVelvet I'll note that XMPP Multi User Chat provides most of the things people claim that IRC is missing, but it never became as popular; I'd argue that's primary for interface reasons, since back in the day IM applications kind of shoehorned in chatroom type interfaces into their one-on-one chat interfaces and it didn't feel right
@CobaltVelvet I look forward to the day where everyone has one Very Personal Computer that they control that they always use, which is Very Online, and is connected to their body at (almost) all times. That could reduce the need for device synchronization without the need for an intermediate stateful server.
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