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خالد مردم بك
March 19, 1968 |
Khaled Mardam-Bey (Arabic: خالد مردم بك) (born March 19, 1968) is a British programmer of Palestinian and Syrian origin. He is notable for creating and developing the popular Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client for Microsoft Windows, mIRC.
Mardam-Bey decided to create mIRC because he found the first IRC client for Windows, WinIRC, lacked some basic IRC features. Then he continued developing it due to the challenge and the fact that people appreciated his work.
mIRC became very popular, having been downloaded almost 21 million times from CNET's download.com service as of January 2011. Nielsen Net Rankings also ranked mIRC among the top 10 most popular Internet applications in 2003.
Mardam-Bey initially developed mIRC as a hobby and used to distribute it as a Freeware. Later, as mIRC became very popular and after Mardam-Bey realized he needed to devote more time to develop it, he decided to change the software license in order to make a living from developing it. Consequently, since 2004, Mardam-Bey distributed the software with an uncrippled evaluation license which after a 30-day evaluation period employs a nag screen that pops up on startup which urge the users to register for $20 so as to support the further development of mIRC, although the program can still be used after expiration. Since then Mardam-Bey's main work is developing mIRC.