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(Some Guy)   If you're one of the two people still using mIRC, your lifetime license just expired   (pocnetwork.net) divider line
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1125 clicks; posted to STEM » on 08 Dec 2022 at 4:53 PM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-08 3:36:13 PM  
Who the hell bought mIRC?.. probably the same 2 people who bought WinRAR.
 
2022-12-08 3:39:31 PM  

khitsicker: Who the hell bought mIRC?.. probably the same 2 people who bought WinRAR.


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2022-12-08 3:40:59 PM  
*slaps you around a bit with a large trout*
 
2022-12-08 3:53:17 PM  
I used mIRC, it took me a minute to remember what it is. My handle was Ennui30.
 
2022-12-08 3:57:42 PM  
I spent hundreds of wasted hours typing nonsense into the ether, goddamn what a waste of time that was. So glad to be done with it.
 
2022-12-08 3:59:28 PM  
I bought a license for WINRAR. Specifically because:

F)

U)
 
2022-12-08 4:15:58 PM  
Pour one out for all the botnets about to lose their command and control servers.
 
2022-12-08 4:18:13 PM  

bobtheme: Pour one out for all the botnets about to lose their command and control servers.


The server's will stay up, it's just the client going away.

/Or, changing the terms of it's licensing agreement.
 
2022-12-08 5:06:23 PM  
the irc era sucked.
 
2022-12-08 5:08:24 PM  
If you used mIRC enough that you had to pay for it, you didn't have a life.
 
2022-12-08 5:10:27 PM  
I still use IRC for some things. Not very often, but I do still use it.
 
2022-12-08 5:18:41 PM  

Meat's dream: If you used mIRC enough that you had to pay for it, you didn't have a life.


... I was on mIRC a lot back in the early 2000s. I don't think I ever got asked to pay for it. What did you actually get if you did pay for it and where exactly did you pay?
 
2022-12-08 5:25:07 PM  
mIRC was my on-ramp to the internet. Sure, the world's knowledge at my finger tips was cool, but mIRC had chicks. This was before the time when every person on the internet was a man.I miss the old internet. Millennials and their faceyspaces and mybooks and twatterings ruined everything./adjusts belt-onion
 
2022-12-08 5:26:03 PM  

Meat's dream: If you used mIRC enough that you had to pay for it, you didn't have a life.


No one HAD to pay for it. It just had a nag splash screen if you didn't.

Anyway, do you get to wear that Ohfark badge and make that comment and not have us point and laugh?
 
2022-12-08 5:42:37 PM  

neongoats: mIRC was my on-ramp to the internet. Sure, the world's knowledge at my finger tips was cool, but mIRC had chicks. This was before the time when every person on the internet was a man.I miss the old internet. Millennials and their faceyspaces and mybooks and twatterings ruined everything./adjusts belt-onion


ICQ random chat 4evr
 
2022-12-08 5:54:33 PM  
I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.
 
2022-12-08 5:57:12 PM  
I remember starting with mIRC and then moving to vIRC because it was more customizable. Also, it was easier to port to Knoppix and Slackware.
 
2022-12-08 6:23:12 PM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.


The problem is that people did pay for mIRC with the understanding that they'd only need to pay once. It's pretty farked up for the author to change the terms if the agreement didn't mention that was a possibility.

/at least IMO anyway.
 
2022-12-08 6:33:33 PM  

khitsicker: Who the hell bought mIRC?.. probably the same 2 people who bought WinRAR.


I actually eventually paid for it. $16.24 in 2018.
 
2022-12-08 7:18:34 PM  
My version of mIRC is probably 15+ years old and still lives on without an issue. It hasn't really changed since then either. IRC = best chat platform.
 
2022-12-08 7:43:35 PM  

Lambskincoat: I spent hundreds of wasted hours typing nonsense into the ether, goddamn what a waste of time that was. So glad to be done with it.


The platforms change but the experience remains
 
2022-12-08 7:48:56 PM  

themindiswatching: Wine Sipping Elitist: I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.

The problem is that people did pay for mIRC with the understanding that they'd only need to pay once. It's pretty farked up for the author to change the terms if the agreement didn't mention that was a possibility.

/at least IMO anyway.


The downside of early internet software ran by small companies. Back then money was rolling in. Lifetime licenses were amazing as they offered chonks of future revenue realised right now.

What wasn't anticipated was that irc would become a aged backwater, growth would go negative, and with no new signups the author shed staff and is left to work from the rest of his years on his own supporting people.

Now, arguably, shiat business sense to not invest at least part of those lifetime license incomes while also assuming tech will be static, revenue & growth will always be upwards.
 
2022-12-08 8:15:51 PM  
I was too poor to get free mIRC chat
I had to settle for iChat rooms.
 
2022-12-08 8:26:57 PM  

shamen123: themindiswatching: Wine Sipping Elitist: I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.

The problem is that people did pay for mIRC with the understanding that they'd only need to pay once. It's pretty farked up for the author to change the terms if the agreement didn't mention that was a possibility.

/at least IMO anyway.

The downside of early internet software ran by small companies. Back then money was rolling in. Lifetime licenses were amazing as they offered chonks of future revenue realised right now.

What wasn't anticipated was that irc would become a aged backwater, growth would go negative, and with no new signups the author shed staff and is left to work from the rest of his years on his own supporting people.

Now, arguably, shiat business sense to not invest at least part of those lifetime license incomes while also assuming tech will be static, revenue & growth will always be upwards.


On top of that, there was the ownership drama with Freenode (one of the largest networks still around at the time) that basically saw 1/3rd+ of its users leaving and the network getting stuck behind some sort of sketchy website.

/Discord probably got most of the legacy IRC users at this point.
 
2022-12-08 8:34:17 PM  
I used to do all my Discord on mIRC back in the day.
 
2022-12-08 8:35:22 PM  
What? People still use irc? Goddamn that's how I got into the internet. I had a shell account on CRL, and used it to get on #ansi and #teen. Sometimes #high.

I forgot mirc even existed. I can't remember the last time I used it. Maybe 2002? I was mainly of EFnet
 
2022-12-08 8:36:41 PM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.


Username checks out...

(And you're right...support good software)
 
2022-12-08 8:44:08 PM  

themindiswatching: /Discord probably got most of the legacy IRC users at this point.


Yeah, the small channel I'm on (That runs its own IRC servers), is on Discord now.

/with a bot that portals Discord to IRC
 
2022-12-08 8:49:06 PM  

themindiswatching: shamen123: themindiswatching: Wine Sipping Elitist: I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.

The problem is that people did pay for mIRC with the understanding that they'd only need to pay once. It's pretty farked up for the author to change the terms if the agreement didn't mention that was a possibility.

/at least IMO anyway.

The downside of early internet software ran by small companies. Back then money was rolling in. Lifetime licenses were amazing as they offered chonks of future revenue realised right now.

What wasn't anticipated was that irc would become a aged backwater, growth would go negative, and with no new signups the author shed staff and is left to work from the rest of his years on his own supporting people.

Now, arguably, shiat business sense to not invest at least part of those lifetime license incomes while also assuming tech will be static, revenue & growth will always be upwards.

On top of that, there was the ownership drama with Freenode (one of the largest networks still around at the time) that basically saw 1/3rd+ of its users leaving and the network getting stuck behind some sort of sketchy website.

/Discord probably got most of the legacy IRC users at this point.


fark discord with Twitter's dick.
 
2022-12-08 9:01:55 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: I was too poor to get free mIRC chat
I had to settle for iChat rooms.


Lol iChat - I remember trolling a Christian chat room on there when I was a 12 year old edgelord, and getting banned multiple times. Then I tried logging in using admin/password out of curiosity, and it worked. That's when all hell broke loose. Started banning people left and right and posting WHOS YOUR GOD NOW. Ended up getting booted from my ISP for life after the Feds got involved.
 
2022-12-08 9:56:59 PM  

khitsicker: Who the hell bought mIRC?.. probably the same 2 people who bought WinRAR.


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2022-12-08 10:00:30 PM  

monsatano: Unoriginal_Username: I was too poor to get free mIRC chat
I had to settle for iChat rooms.

Lol iChat - I remember trolling a Christian chat room on there when I was a 12 year old edgelord, and getting banned multiple times. Then I tried logging in using admin/password out of curiosity, and it worked. That's when all hell broke loose. Started banning people left and right and posting WHOS YOUR GOD NOW. Ended up getting booted from my ISP for life after the Feds got involved.


AOL chat rooms for me but...ahh fun memories....
 
2022-12-08 10:11:30 PM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: I pay for software and websites I like. So should you.

If everyone did our favorite things wouldn't have advertisements.


you mean like cable tv and streaming services?
 
2022-12-09 4:29:07 AM  

Lambskincoat: I used mIRC, it took me a minute to remember what it is. My handle was Ennui30.


I used mIRC in 1996 I was JohnP27 and was a mod in #computers - I wrote a bot with their language to handle people.
 
2022-12-09 6:54:24 AM  
It's not that difficult for the author:

1. Fork a successor product named something else
2. Offer everyone whose license is within 3 years a license on the new product
3. Stop making new versions of mIRC

Suddenly, you've complied with the 'lifetime license', but you might have lost any name recognition for the new product unless you name it something like 'nIRC'
 
2022-12-09 8:09:16 AM  
My first experience with IRC was on my Sega Saturn game console lol. I didn't even own or use a computer at home at the time.
 
2022-12-09 11:41:51 AM  
Looks like in February of 2011, mIRC was $20, and I had a $5 discount, so I paid $15.

Yes, I still have the license and purchase emails saved on GMail. Granted, I don't think I've been on IRC since around 2012 or 13.

Used to be on #os/2 a lot, then settled in to #windows.
 
2022-12-09 1:22:41 PM  
I'm not paying for 25 year old functionality when HexChat is free and does everything mIRC does but the preinstalled troutslap script. Which can be downloaded.

(the cool kids have moved on to Discord servers)
 
2022-12-09 5:42:49 PM  

arrogantbastich: I bought a license for WINRAR. Specifically because:

F)

U)


Pretty sure the unlock code for a username of "x" was 00040000

/or maybe that was winzip
 
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