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The RELAY network on BITNET was the inspiration for IRC. Nodes were known by their address (RELAY@BITNIC) and a nickname, traditionally a location (New_York). One exception was the node nicknamed "TwiliteZne", based at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Rumor has it that the chief student operator (me) picked that because no one knew where the heck Potsdam was. See for a partial node list and a few tidbits of ancient network history.

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I'm in Chapter 1 of this book. That was when my hair wasn't Grey.

"Underground" by Suelette Dreyfus, with research by Julian Assange

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Everyone has a monster inside of us. Everyone has an Angel too. It is about who you are going to be. -- Lisa Joy, Director of S2E4 of

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My hobby is writing stuff in awk and bash that should not be written in either.

was originally intended to be an Earth Orbit mission with the Lunar Module. Since the LM wasn't ready yet, Apollo 8 was changed to a circumlunar mission in August 1968. The first LM flight would be on in March 1969.

The 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first time that humans left the confines of Earth and orbited the Moon, begins in about a week. #1968

Suggestion: The historic Ben's location on U Street NW is great, but often overrun with locals and tourists. The food is just as great at the other Ben's locations, I like the one on H Street NE.

It is the season for "end of year" or "top 10" style lists. I blundered into one entitled "37 tourist trap restaurants that are actually really good" and noticed one of my favorites made it. If you are ever in Washington, DC, USA I highly recommend:


The List I Mentioned:

Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Damaged in Possible Midair Drone Hit

Facebook has patented technology that predicts who else lives in your household based on photos you shared. Maybe you should be keeping them to yourself...

46 years ago the last moon walk (so far) was just about to begin...


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Rochefort: But I figured out a way to confirm it, Sir. If you have this flown to Midway. It's a fake message, Admiral, reporting that Midway's freshwater condenser's broken down. It should be transmitted in
the clear, so the Japanese get every word.

Nimitz: Instruct Midway to include this in their housekeeping traffic tomorrow.

I'm old enough to remember when HTTP wasn't a thing on the Internet.

“According to a current employee with access to the figures, of approximately 170,000 people around the world who now work at Google, 50.05% are FTEs. The rest, 49.95%, are TVCs.”


In the 1960s a person could start as a cleaner in IBM and work all their way up to become a lead technician in their most prestigious product lines (over many years, of course). This kind of employment relationship doesn’t exist anymore.

I have to remind myself that it isn't a good idea to look at the :mastodon: moderation tools when I am at work.

This may be a helpful hint...

If you are tooting about an event or an incident, consider the following question: Will someone on the opposite side of the planet have enough geographical information from the toot to understand and take action?

There are important things going on everyday, in all parts of the world, and Mastodon can help get the word out. But it really helps to know the whole who, what, where, when and why.

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pretty happy to have found my little USB tree

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Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!

We adhere to an adapted version of the TootCat Code of Conduct and follow the Toot Café list of blocked instances. Ash is the admin and is supported by Fuzzface as a moderator.

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