I got fed up with not having a decent place to chat with random colleagues and such, who don’t always have access to the same servers and accounts as I do.
A quick search on the web revealed no sensible service well suited to copy and pasting code, which is the number one reason I need to chat. For some reason, most people don’t seem to consider whitespace an important point in chatting…
So, as a solution, I rolled my own like a good code monkey. A total 2.5Kb of PHP + JS + HTML + CSS. Plus the data file for the chat log. And an optional htaccess file to keep people from directly accessing the data file. Don’t know why, I guess my tin foil hat was feeling a bit tight again.
The script: chat.tar.gz
EDIT 2012-06-24: A new version of the script, see comments: chat2.tar.gz
Test drive: chat.xird.fi