Minitel (1979-2012): its past and our future

2012 is the year that Europe shuts down its proto-Internets. First, the BBC announced that teletex was getting the axe and today France is shutting down the Minitel x.25 network. These technologies, both started in the late 1970s, were ahead of their times and, in many ways, may still be.

BBS Servers & Clients

BBS Servers The BBS Corner’s Telnet BBS Guide is an online directory of dial-up and telnet accessible Bulletin Board Systems, updated and published monthly (the map below is generated from the September 2010 list. The Synchronet BBS List is published by one of the last remaining BBS-software vendors, and only […]

Opt out of Facebook Instant Personalization

How to opt-out of Facebook ‘Instant Personalization’ and why you might want to. This is a death watch for the anonymous Internet, unless we seize back our relationships and decentralize social networking. \o.O/

TeleGeography: Publications: Global Internet Map

TeleGeography: Publications: Global Internet Map TeleGeography‘s new Global Internet Map draws upon our annual Global Internet Geography research to provide a unique view of the international Internet networks that link the globe. The map‘s global projection traces the intercontinental links between the countries of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, […]

New Rules for OpenDNA.com

10 years ago I started this site to (1) learn something, and (2) secure a reliable email address. I’d already been burned by mergers, buyouts and bankruptcies, and knew better than to trust that Free™ webmail would always be there for me. The hosting package came with a webpage directory, […]

YearlyKos and A Local Election Surprise

The election of Suja Lowenthal to the Second District City Council seat came as a shock to many of our political cognoscenti. While everyone had their favorite candidate (or three), Suja Lowenthal rarely came near the top of the list of the weird people who talk about this sort of […]

Patriot Act vs Comment Spam

Blogs Canada suggests an interesting way to use the Patriot Act against blog comment spam: Dear System Administrator, One of your clients is defacing my website. It appears they are using an automated instrument to place ads on my site without my permission. This is hacking and that contravenes the […]

Back In The Day: The BBS

Some people develop an emotional attachment to technology. For some guys it’s their trucks, when I was 12 it was the BBS. I was looking around for some old software from the Pre-Netscape era when I pulled up a May 2002 Salon.com article titled When 300 baud was the bomb. Yeah. That’ s what […]