Used Gopher for the first time the other day

Hi all,

So yeah, I’m real late on this trend. But I thought it was interesting that this technology is still available if you wanted to use it badly enough.

When I first got on the Internet, it was circa 1994/95, and it was at the cusp of the emerging web as we *basically* know it today (obviously things have come a long way). I knew about Gopher back then, but I don’t think I ever tried it out. Or, maybe I did and I just don’t remember.

But as the screen shot below shows, it still exists! Hey, it’s fast, and something tells me not as strewn with ads everywhere.

Conversation 7 comments

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    05 November, 2018 - 5:48 pm

    <p>Welcome to the Gopherspace. If you wanna get a real feel for oldschool internet, go over to <a href="; target="_blank"></a&gt; and set up a shell account. You can use gopher, usenet, even lynx for web access over a fully text-based terminal.</p><p><br></p><p>Party like it's 1989.</p>

    • wright_is

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2018 - 12:34 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#361097">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yep, I used to use Lynx a lot for testing, but a lot of sites started registering it as a hacking attempt!</p><p>I haven't used Gopher for nearly 20 years, I'd guess.</p>

    • ErichK

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2018 - 11:21 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#361097">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Wow! I went to that URL and looked at it, but … I'm not really sure I understand it. Is it free? Do I provide an existing e-mail address or create a new one?</p>

      • jimchamplin

        Premium Member
        07 November, 2018 - 11:43 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#361316">In reply to ErichK:</a></em></blockquote><p>Free of charge unless you want to pay. A one-time donation gets you a lifetime account, with an email account and USENET access.</p><p><br></p><p>Pretty awesome stuff!</p><p><br></p><p>It's a BSD machine, and it has that vintage UNIX feel. Luv it!</p>

  • Daekar

    05 November, 2018 - 5:57 pm

    <p>Wow, that was a trip down the rabbit h – errr, I mean Gopher hole…</p><p><br></p><p>Thanks for sharing!</p>

    • ErichK

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2018 - 11:19 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#361099">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>:-)</p>

  • locust infested orchard inc

    07 November, 2018 - 4:39 pm

    <p>I wonder what might have been today, had the gopher protocol overseen the challenge from CERN and their HTTP protocol.</p><p><br></p><p>We'd be using Veronica rather than Adoogle.</p><p><br></p><p>Another thing, I wonder whether gopher is used for nefarious purposes, as it most likely isn't under the radar of law enforcement agencies ?</p>

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