Glad to see this discussion. I logged into the chat room once and it ran slower than molasses running uphill in the wintertime. I logged out again. Of course, since it's just an IRC channel I can use xchat and not go in through the browser, but... a fast browser-based interface that doesn't use Flash or Java sounds great to me.
Perl is good for you
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