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[thanks to JamesOff for this description]
irssi-proxy is (obviously) an irc proxy, but it's much more than just a
bouncer. irssi-proxy is a plugin for irssi (
This means that
instead of having to remember to type
I run a copy of irssi with
the proxy module loaded inside a copy of screen on my stable shell. Then,
when I'm at home I connect a local copy of irssi to it (four times, one for
each network) using
Using irssi as a proxy has the major advantage of irssi's power as an IRC client. I never have to worry about my proxy disconnecting because I can trust irssi to reconnect in an intelligent fashion. I can run scripts on the proxy such as forwarding important messages to me by SMS, keeping my nick, and so on. Even if you don't want to use irssi as a client, I can strongly recommend it as a proxy because you can just connect to it with any client (I know someone who uses irssi-proxy to hold her nick during the day, and then connects to it with mIRC in the evenings).
Finally, using irssi locally instead of ssh-ing to the machine that the proxy is running on means that you will not have lag during typing.