Simon’s Backup Weblog

A blast from the past.

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 5, 2007

Yes, there is still a Veronica*, Santa Claus**

…which means there are still people using Gopher! There also appear to be a bunch of Jughead servers out there, too.

Now, I wonder what happened to WAIS?

*I suspect the link will only work in Mozilla browsers, as they’re pretty much the only ones that still support the gopher:// protocol.

**And yes, I know the original quote was “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”…


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  1. kevinwmoor said,

    Do you have the Gopher link wrong? It appears to be http://

  2. sbisson said,


    [FX: Wanders off muttering about LJ Clients that are too smart for their own good…]

  3. nerdware said,

    Neat. I’ve never used a Gopher server before.


  4. nhw said,

    Ah, those were the days!!!

  5. micheinnz said,

    My first access to Usenet was through Gopher. I could read but not post. That was in the early ’90s. Wow.

  6. montemplar said,

    (In Firefox, mind you)

    I vaguely recall trying out a Gopher client under Windows 3.1 back when UKOnline (which I seem to remember you talked me into signing up for… ;)) launched. For about five minutes. I actually made more use of Telnet at the time… believe it or not, there were a few online music stores available via Telnet in the early 90s.

    Ah, the memories… I recall there was a lot of tweaking involved with Trumpet WinSock under Windows 3.1, and crashes and freezes were not uncommon. Things got a lot easier when Windows 95 and the first versions of Internet Explorer showed up.

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