IRC or Internet Relay Chat is really great when you are in a fix and need answers quick. There are several useful channels on the Freenode network, filled with folks ready to answer questions and provide helpful advice.
On the flip side, IRC can take up a LOT of time. Constantly checking all the channels one is active in to see if someone responded, or if a response can be given to another persons query.
As of recently, I had 3 avenues of access to IRC, on my Windows machine using MIRC, via ssh to a Linux server in a TMUX session running weechat, and also via weechat relay on my phone. I was truly connected.
So here is to no longer idling aimlessly on IRC. Lets see if I can be more productive.