Being a University of Minnesota alum, I just wanted to find out from the diverse audience here if any of you used Gopher back in the day.
I used it...of course it pre-dated the WWW. Since it was text-based; I remember it (in retrospect) being just as fast on a 9600 baud connect as current search engines are with my 3Mbs cable connection.
I believe back in the day my old university had some gopher gateway to the library catalog. If I remember correctly all gopher systems were almost immediately swiftly abandoned with the arrival of http/html
Just me (Sir to you)
OS/2 Warp Internet Access Kit had a really nice graphical Gopher client. I remember it was more naturally compared to FTP than WWW. Still I preferred it for some time for browsing documentation archives or something. BTW, does anyone remember archie? ;)
Yep, gopher, archie, and its competitor, veronica. I am glad that they have all been replaced with html/www.
I used it.
I remember using gopher to browse what reminds me now of Project Gutenberg in 1991 or so, through some Compuserve built-in tool. That was where I first read the Magna Carta, so I was plenty happy with gopher at the time. :-)
Yo, Chas. You're sig is highly annoying. Tone it down or remove it please!
Yes, do us all a favor, Chas.
Yeah Chas. How dare you take up 3 extra lines of text on this forum that everybody has to pay by the character for...
What's wrong with Chas' sig?
I live to appease. Sorry if I'm not clever enough to engage in schoolyard banter.
Chas Emerick ( http://www.snowtide.com )
I regret not playing with this more while it was around.
I am Jack's kermit protocol download
"I am Jack's kermit protocol download"
kermit...owww...god, that's painful just to remember.
Aaron F Stanton
Used it. I do recall that Compuserv had a nice tool for it. I vaguely remember Veronica. I want to say that I used it mostly with my GNN subscription. You guys remember GNN, don't you?
It was recently in the news that kermit is still being used to transfer data to/from the International Space Station. Amazing.
I used Gopher briefly in the fall of 1993. I tried it once or twice. I remember getting a listing of all the Beavis and Butt-head episodes to date.
J. D. Trollinger
well, kermit is probably still the best protocol for data connections with certain characteristics. (perhaps high latency, moderate error rate?)
Kermit sucks because it transmits data by small blocks of a constant size (usually 64 bytes, I think). The main advancement in newer protocols like ZModem was the variable block size, dynamically adapting to characteristics of the connection. I recently tried Kermit for uploading on a really bad dial-up and the performance compared to ZModem was just awful.
Yup. Archie was the puppies bits.
I used Gopher too, back in 1994. And I used Mosaic to access gopher sites : there were so few HTTP sites with content that Mosaic would have been useless, without the gopher sites.
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