As some of you may know one of the services Neowin offers is an IRC server. The back room of Neowin, where you can experience Neowinians how they really are - for better or for worse. The rules on Neowin IRC are less strict than on the forum; some may consider this a positive, others might find the tone of conversation problematic. But I digress - this topic is not about what is going on there, but rather how to connect to the IRC server.
My Windows IRC client of choice is HexChat, hence why the screenshots below are taken from it. The configuration steps are similar for other IRC clients.
Step 1: Choose your IRC nickname.
Click on the 'More' tab on the top of the forum, then select 'Chat' from the list. Or click this link: http://www.neowin.net/irc/ . There you'll find some basic information about how Neowin IRC is set up, and a form to choose your IRC nick name.
Step 2: Open HexChat.
The server list will appear:
Step 3: Add Neowin to the server list
Click on the 'Add' button. Name the new network (whether it's 'Neowin' or 'Neobond's dark room' is fully up to you).
Step 4: Edit the details
Select the newly created network from the list, then click on 'Edit'. The following window will appear:
Fill in your details - server address, nickname, login method, encoding. The result is this:
Step 5: Connect
Close the window above, select Neowin IRC in the server list and click connect. You will be automatically connected to the channels you have access to.
That's all there is to it. Happy IRC-ing!