I use a graphical IRC client for OSX (Textual to be specific). Since I am not connected 24x7 (it being a portable macbook), I don't know what happens in my favourite IRC channels during the times I'm not connected (eg: at night).
Is there a way to stay connected (in order to view channel logs later) to the IRC server, and yet be able to use my graphical IRC client sporadically?
Is there a middleman IRC server that I can use for keeping persistent connections even though the graphical client may not be connected to it all the time?
I don't want to complicate things; all I want is to keep myself aware of what is happening in my favorite channels all the time.