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Khaled Mardam-Bey, mIRC developer

Khaled Mardam-Bey

I'm Khaled Mardam-Bey, the developer of mIRC.

I started working on mIRC in 1994 while studying for a Cognitive Science degree at the University of Westminster in London, where I first learned about the Internet.

I had just discovered IRC, which at the time was accessed mainly through text-only, shell-based IRC clients like ircII, and found myself thinking: if only it was a little more intuitive, more people might use it. I wondered if I could create an IRC client that made IRC more fun and accessible, while retaining the technical aspects that many people enjoyed, and set to work on what I thought would be a small project.

After releasing the first version of mIRC publicly to see if anyone liked it, its popularity grew dramatically and for the next decade I found myself at the receiving end of thousands of emails from people all over the world asking for more features. What had started out as a small idea and a personal hobby became an all-consuming, never-ending project and full-time job.

Today, mIRC and IRC are used by millions of people and thousands of organizations.

Where can I learn more?

If you have a question about mIRC or IRC, or about me, or need help with a project or homework, please read through my personal FAQ which answers these questions and many more.

If you have a feature suggestion or a bug report, please post it on the Discussion Forums. You can email it to me directly, however posting it on the discussion forums is often more helpful.

If you need help with registering mIRC, see the registration section in my personal FAQ.

If you need to contact me, you can find my email address in the email section in my personal FAQ.