sean at conman.org
Tue May 18 00:47:47 PDT 2010
It was thus said that the Great Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo once stated:
> --- On Tue, 5/18/10, Tom Higgins <tomhiggins at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > For the record I started using usenet sometime in the early 80's. In 1984 I became one of the earliest members of Fidonet
> > Fido was so far ahead of the times both in terms of doing cool things
> > with common tools, a sort of open sort of distributed set up, and
> > the tragedy of the commons along with the high drama of the guardians
> > etc etc etc. Very cool stuff that was and is inspiring even now.
> Lots of cool tools. I think the mail readers were even ahead of what was
> available for usenet at the time. And it was way cool to be able to
> actually attach files rather than having to uuencode them.
Attaching files in email? Isn't that what FTP is for? 
-spc (Who misses having a public /27 routed to his house ... )
 I'm being half-serious here. In the early 90s, if I wanted to send
a file to someone, I sent an email telling the person to obtain the
file via FTP. But this was back in the day when everything was pure
peer-to-peer on the Internet (no NAT). I mean, if you got email,
you were on the Internet.
Heck, even if you weren't you were on UUCP and that included a
method of transfering files in addition to email. So attaching
files to email was rather ... unusual (okay, maybe for short files
 You do know that you can transfer files between two FTP servers via
commands from a single FTP client? Yeah, the protocol is pretty
messy to support these days due to NATting issues, but it can do
some pretty cool things ...
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