I'm fine with Windows and OSX as well.. I started out with Windows 98 and from my kindergarten year to my 5th grade year, my school had Apple computers that ran Mac OS 9 and iMac G3s that ran Mac OS 9.2.
In my junior year of high school I got to use OSX 10.5 (Leopard) because my school had iMacs for video editing machines.
I use IRC occasionally. I used to use it a ton but meh. And my desktop is running Linux and running a samba server is a pain in the ass and I usually just have it off :x Idk, I'll figure out something to do with it.
HexChat is probably the best out there for free IRC clients, if you ask me. Their builds are typically always up-to-date from that of the older XChat 2 or even the regular XChat for Windows (which you have to pay for).
As for me, I do use mIRC because I have mIRC scripts that I use on occasion (in my IRC server only, not elsewhere), and I find it to be a program that is easy to customize its settings to your liking, but the only problem I have with it is that it isn't free.
I'm also usually always on IRC because I use an IRC bouncer known as ZNC, which can allow for me to disconnect from my client and save logs on whichever channel I ask for it to do so. I run my ZNC server locally here at my house as well.
So I wound up today booting up my laptop for the first time in two weeks, and my new tablet is likely to blame for that.. does anyone else here use a tablet in place of a laptop? I find that while tablets are limited on what they can do, for me, I was just using my laptop to Skype and browse the internet, both of which I can do on my tablet.
I pretty much need mouse and keyboard, even though tablets seem kinda interesting especially if you want to draw something. But with a tablet pc I couldn't do all the stupid/crazy stuff I like to do on computers like yesterday I installed out of boredom a webserver on my local VM installation of Gentoo.
But I do own a external tablet which I can plug in whenever I want.
I quite agree that mouse and keyboard is nice... Specially when it's a cf (canadian french) keyboard, it's multilanguage, smooth... And easy to use. :D I also like using a pad, and actually, I HATE touchscreens. xD
Also, about the irc chat and all, I think that TorChat is better, completly anonymous and encrypted chat.
That's the one thing a laptop is best for in my situation these days, is productivity.
And if we're talking keyboards, I always use Swype on my tablet. It's much easier to use than making several individual keystrokes with your finger if you ask me, but I also cost the fact of making several typos at times, too. >_<
Half the time Swype can't even guess the word I'm trying to enter even though I've hit every single letter, but then it turns around and guesses the exact word I'm looking for when I'm sort of just haphazardly hitting letters in the word. It's quite astounding how inconsistent it can be.
I still prefer Swype because it can produce more suggestions than Android's gesture keyboard and because of how it gets you the word once you finish the swipe. But Android's gesture keyboard is cool as well.