The following people contributed their writing, code, and inspiration
to IRC Hacks:
Alex North is married with children and works 9-5. In the hours
outside of work he is immersed in the wonderful world of IRC. He can
be found in this world using the nickname DeadEd
and can usually be found haunting the QuakeNet
network. He is a Java jibbler and certified game addict and has
authored MatchEd and PPF,
and he spends large amounts of time and fun playing with them on
Chris Smith is an IRC addict who spends most of his time writing bots
in strange languages, playing games, or idling on IRC. He can
normally be found idling on QuakeNet with the
nickname MD87, attempting to work out why his
latest bot has decided to kick random people from his channel.
David Leadbeater is currently an undergraduate in software
engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. He spends much too much
time on IRC, mostly on Blitzed.org with the
nickname dg. He is the author of
CGI:IRC, and he likes Perl.
Hunter Pine was born in New York and started using a Mac at the age
of five, just a month after Wozniak and Jobs unleashed their new
computing machine. Hunter now runs Integrate New
York, a consulting company in Manhattan specializing in
small business computing needs, and spends his leisure time as a
server operator on irc.choopa.net, as well as
berating people who are too lazy to use Google in
#windows. Hunter lives with his lovely wife,
Anna, and their two kittens, Andromeda and Cassiopeia. He also
despises writing about himself in the third person.
Jennifer Golbeck is a Computer Science PhD candidate at the
University of Maryland, College Park, where she studies complex
systems. She likes to avoid any interactions that require leaving her
two golden retrievers or changing out of pajamas, ergo can be found
conducting all of her business on irc.freenode.net using the nickname
golbeck. Her other interests include marathon
running, surfing, travel, and the Chicago Cubs.
Jim Hughes develops trading systems so that chaps who still wear red
braces can wager vast sums on the seemingly random fluctuations of
financial exotica. Jim is also a mobile technology fanatic and spends
far too much time tinkering with and writing about mobile phones for
Mobitopia and All About
Symbian and not enough time developing for them. He can
frequently be found loitering as JimH in
#mobitopia on freenode.
Maurits Dijkstra has been coding since his uncle bought him a QBasic
book at the age of 12. If he's not busy studying for
his exams, he works on BitlBee and tries to
write proper Python code.
Nicholas S. Copeland is a Des Moines Area Community College student
transferring to Iowa State University where he will study Computer
Engineering. He purchased the Bersirc IRC client
and shocked the Net by announcing that all future versions will be
free (as in freedom and as in free beer). You can find him as
TsTech in #bersirc on
Petr "Pasky" Baudis is a geeky
Czech student who wasted his youth in front of a computer, addicted
to IRC and the idea of free software. He is an
IRCNet IRC operator, Linux and
irssi fanatic, and maintains the
ELinks text WWW browser. He also likes to read
good stuff while listening to some nice music or the BBC World
Steve Jolly is a particle physicist, mountaineer, photographer, and
dilettante bot programmer. Once upon a time he held the
Extreme Ironing World Altitude Record. When he
grows up, he wants to be a fireman or an astronaut. Steve likes pie.
Thomas Whaples is currently a freshman and prospective Computer
Science major at Wake Forest University. He has been involved in
Internet community-related projects since 1999 and is currently a
sysop on Wikipedia. He also works on the
Economic History Services Network site
(http://eh.net). He raises
parakeets and lovebirds and dabbles in occasional artistic endeavors.
He is available via IRC on freenode as
FennecFoxen and on WorldIRC
as Fennec. His web site is sometimes available
off his laptop at http://fennec.homedns.org. His Wikipedia user
page is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Fennec.
Wilmer van der Gaast (simply known as wilmer on
most free software-minded IRC networks) became addicted to computer
programming soon after he learned to read. Some time ago he also
discovered IRC and wrote some bots and BitlBee.
Meanwhile, he tries to finish his Computer Science study and spends
most of the time at music festivals every summer.