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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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Networking/Religion Humor 

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

Limping through Rosslyn interlocking on Metrorail, setting a new record for being stuck underground.

I discovered my first hidden camera at an AirBnB last week in Yerevan, Armenia. Always scan the wifi when you get to a new place!! #surveillance #nmap #privacy #dystopia #security #badposture

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I'd like to write another comic posting bot (ala @xkcd)but the source data is on Facesplat. Is there any reliable way to get data out of that platform?

Good morning. Be the helper people want, not need. Time for the ceremonial coffee.

Some of my bots are on a server that is powered down. I will be fixing this over the next week or so.

I need to get my head out of the sand and back into participation here.

I'll be broadcasting Bomb Shelter Radio from 8PM to 11:30PM tonight (US/Eastern). Link to listen is at

I'll be broadcasting from 8-11:30PM US/East this evening. Please join us. Listen links and other info at

I'll be broadcasting Bomb Shelter Radio from 8PM to 11:30PM tonight (US/Eastern). Link to listen is at

Folks, we have brand new "dumpster fire" images courtesy of NOFD:

The signage in the first one is the cherry on top.

@gamehawk Yessss, you understand my needs!

In return, may I offer this photo of a dumpster fire on rails?

(Original source is Mansfield Police Department; link via although it now has a broken embed.)

A couple of my bots are down due to a server outage, need to deal with that...

Sitting in a room with 2700 detectable Bluetooth devices.

So I've been quietly bringing my radio station online and we are having a show tonight at 8PM Eastern (00:00 UTC). Incoher-RANT Talk and Awful Music Radio. You can find a listen link, and an invite to our slack channel at

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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 have documented a list of blocked instances. Ash is the admin and is supported by Fuzzface, Brian!, and Daniel Glus as moderators. Hosting costs are largely covered by our generous supporters on Patreon – thanks for all the help!