Hey you can download mIRC free of charge from <A HREF="http://www.mirc.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mirc.com
</A>. After u install it, set it up by entering name, email and nickname. I suggest that u use the same nickname as the one u use in the forums.
When that is properly set up, click ok on the options dialog box. In the next window write "/server irc.goodchatting.com" (without the quotes) and then when it is connected write "/j #ssnakess" (also without the quotes)
To get in the chatroom from the site, you need to download and install the Java Virtual Machine from <A HREF="http://java.sun.com/getjava/download.html" TARGET="_blank">http://java.sun.com/getjava/download.html
Hope to see you there!