@firstname.lastname@example.org had posted that we should try
finger email@example.com. I chuckled.
@firstname.lastname@example.org talked about bringing finger back.
Finger is a very simple TCP protocol assigned well-known port 79. The gist of it is that you connect to a remote host, send a username followed by CRLF, and the remote host sends you back some information about that user and closes the connection. It's gopher-like in its simplicity.
OK, now I was curious. I thought about it some more. Then...
Whaaaaat! Finger uses exactly the same format as Gopher!
So now... if I hook up my gopher server to port 79... uhhm...
All of this should work:
finger email@example.com finger About@alexschroeder.ch finger Contact@alexschroeder.ch finger firstname.lastname@example.org finger 2019-01-09_Finger_is_Gopher@alexschroeder.ch
Ahhhh... the Zen of the old Internet! 🙂
Sadly, UTF-8 turns out to be broken.
Again: Ahhhh... the Zen of the old Internet! 😭
Tags: #Gopher #Finger
Soweli Lukin Issues Alex Schroeder