Pathwalker (pathwalker) wrote,
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spies.com is going away!

So I just found out that spies.com is going away in the next couple of days.

I'm sorry to see it go - spies.com was one of the first domains which I accessed when I first started using the Internet (specifically, the wiretap archive, which used to be located at gopher://wiretap.spies.com).

For years, this was the first site I would show people when introducing them to the internet.

I remember dialing into a local merit dialin, connecting to a public gopher client ( I think burrow.cl.msu.edu ) and browsing around the wiretap archives when I was in high school. I was doing that before I discovered Nyx, and that I could connect to it via gopher.

You see, if you dialed into a MERIT dialin without a login, you were restricted to a few hosts that you could telnet to from the HOST: prompt. These included the above mentioned gopher client. From there, you could explore the entire world.
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