Source and artwork is available here: https://github.com/statico/spittoon
Also the example comic IS funny ;)
One favourite of mine is Microsoft Music Producer, I think it was called. You could select genres, styles, tempo and a band then it would 'compose' mid files. I used them to generate royalty-free music for silly animations.
Sadly even any mention of this is very hard to find online now. I recall there being an old website where one could download it along with extra music styles; that can be found here: https://web.archive.org/web/20070222062521/http://www.musicm...
Edit: Changed the name to 'Microsoft Music Producer', as has been kindly identified below.
I searched the web archive and found the website I had in mind above. It has plenty of info on MMP, as well as downloads of extra music styles.
I've bought so many old MSDN CD sets off Ebay looking for this program. Thanks!
Here is a proxy script that will allow you to connect to a modern IRC server: https://gist.github.com/richardg867/bb19ca2b03545f71ae15
Edit: another fun read was the methods for getting third party IRC clients to connect to MSN's IRC servers directly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN_Chat
Hmm. And now I'm wondering if the simplicity you describe was just skin deep... or if Mako performed TLS cert validation et al :D
Somehow all this events combined made all the internet kids in my neighbourhood get the same court letter with a huge internet bill one year later.
We had a dial-up connection and a computer well before anyone else in our county/tri-county area in the mid-west. We also had a home line that was a party line.
All the old ladies in our small (<50) town were pissed that anytime they picked the phone up, they heard that robotic screeching noise. We were pissed that we kept getting booted every fifteen seconds.
Weird times. Why did the company even offer internet connections to a party line? What an odd thing to do.
Kind of baffling.
Without having talked to them, my assumption is that a Florida area Jamaican restaurant reached out to them and said "hi, we're called Jerk City, can we have your web address? we'll give you $100" and they thought this was hilarious and said yes.
Interestingly the old comics redirect to bonequest correctly:
His web site is currently broken but it usually works, and has lots of awesome stuff on it. I've let him know, so I hope it will be back soon.
http://jimwoodring.com/ (EDIT: http://www.jimwoodring.com/ )
But in the meantime:
...Oh wait, on second try: SOME variations of the url work and some don't:
http://jimwoodring.com/ and https://jimwoodring.com/ : broken with wordpress error messages
http://www.jimwoodring.com/ - works perfectly but just shows "jimwoodring.com" in the URL, but copying and pasting it gets http://www.jimwoodring.com/ -- is this a Chrome thing??!
https://www.jimwoodring.com/ - works halfway, you get the text without the pictures, which is no fun.
It is 20 years old this year, and has never missed a day.
(May not be SFW, depending on where you work)
Comic Chat was even less popular online than mIRC users who posted coloured messages.
Even at the time I felt it was a great idea if only it played nicer with regular IRC networks+. Ironically it's one of the few occasions when Microsoft supported an open protocol by default when actually a propitiatory network might have made more sense.
+ actually that's possibly a lie because at that time I was writing my own IRC clients and bots and was well into the "l33t g33k" culture. So I might have hated Comic Chat just because of MS prejudices
MMOs kind of took over from it, Ragnarok Online being the main one.
It would be interesting to create something like this for the MUD experience.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but words sometimes can be worth a thousand mental pictures.
It looks so beautiful in rounded speech bubbles. ;)