Readonly hardware IRC client

Right after we got the network running on my board (see my previous post) I got the board of the talented hacker mentioned before and started to hack a small read-only IRC client for it (after having a look at RFC1459 and RFC2812. About an hour later I was able to connect to a server, join a channel and listen for messages which are displayed on the OLED display. Unfortunately the display is broken on that particular board. But none the less, there is a lot of cool stuff ahead.
Again we have some screenshots:

Getting the network of my LM3S6965 board to work

I’ve had this board for about a 1.5 years. All that time I was disliked the fact that the ethernet was not working. No matter what I tried, what example I flashed nothing helped. Today I learned why: the hardware’s simply broken.
That’s no guess too far away, but being a software guy that’s just an unreachable world to me.
Thankfully that’s not the case for a friend of mine. He’s a talented hacker (from today on I know how talented :P) and he got this fixed. All the time I was like: “hey, if that’s so easy someone else would have done it already instead of buying that super-expensive Pulse Jack Ethernet Transformer hardware”. None the less he pushed forward and got it to work. As usually pictures say more than a thousand words, so here we go:
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