It is hard to understand, but it is easy to use (you do not need to understand it). I think the only thing you need to start a channel is a name for it Try it, if it seems too perplexing, try something else. I am certainly no expert at IRC
Same here, or... I did use my hotmail until like a year or so ago just for junk mail. If I was unsure of a site I signed up with that one but now I have a better e-mail for that and I've forgotten my password and everything to hotmail.