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rob at colorist.org
Wed Mar 5 19:09:41 GMT 2008
On Mar 5, at 8:51 PM, Dwaine Maggart wrote:
> I tend to rely on Google a lot for finding esoteric information, and
> always a shock to be reminded that it's not much use for older
> (pre-Internet?) technology stuff like this.
a couple of points on this fascinating (to me anyway) subject. As
more information is collated and digested, extracted and distilled, on
Google, every day, the searches will have to be refined and narrowed
in ever-more inscrutable ways. Google will have to try to keep up
with this, and though they're hugely capable, how do you disqualify
reams and reams of information from commercial internet interests that
aren't germane to your argument?
There was going to be, at one point a few years ago, an Internet2 for
educational/informational and government hosts, that was going to be
gatewayed into Internet1. I don't know what happened to this plan.
It would have been a way to cut the chaff of commercialism from the net.
Regarding older information, we used to have gopher, and there might
one day soon be a replacement for this.
My main frustration with the net's commercialism is that pure
information as postings, to "log-in" sites, requires a registration.
And Usenet, that wonderful source of info from the 80s and 90s, has
become useless (many reasons, mainly spamific and commercial).
Rob *(who was deposed under oath testifying against the first spam on
the net, from Cantor & Siegel in '94)
rob at colorist.org http://www.colorist.org/robhome.html
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