i need to set up an IRC channel. i've never used irc b4. do i need to register channel somewhere or i can just set it up w/ my irc client prog (mIRC)? if i need to register - what are the costs and where can i register it? TIA!
You'll need to tell us which IRC network you're connecting to (or just the IRC server name will do). It differs between networks - some don't allow registration, some allow almost instant registration and others have an application process of sorts. It should all be free though.
I'm not familiar with irc.planetarion.com so I don't know about channel registration there. You can create a channel just by joining one that doesn't exist, but it'll disappear when everybody leaves. There's probably a help channel there somewhere (type /list) that can explain it if you want to use that IRC server.
The IRC network I usually use, and one which offers both nickname and channel registration, is irc.dal.net. There's a set of web pages explaining the registration services at http://www.dal.net/services/index.php3 , but the basic commands to get yourself set up there are:
/nickserv register passwordemail
That will register your nickname. You'll need to wait for the authorization email and confirm it before you can do the rest.
/nickserv set enforce on
That stops anyone else using your nickname.
Then, to register a channel, create it by joining and then:
/chanserv register #channelpassworddescription
The channel password can (and probably should) be different from your nickname password.