The rise and fall of Gopher

Back when Minnesota was at the centre of the online world.  Then it wasn’t.

It was nearly 2 years ago since I last played around with Gopher.

My Gopher Site

My Gopher Site

As always my gopher site is gopher://

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What is there to tell? I've loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX... I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since...!

2 thoughts on “The rise and fall of Gopher

  1. I miss gopher. It was all about information and not information noise. Compare it to flash and advertisement ridden websites. I was hoping of revival similar to BBS scene. Technically possible for sites with structured data and APIs. For example Github or Reddit or even WordPress sites should be totally available via Gopher. Maybe time to write a reverse proxy.

    • The larger issue I see with Gopher is that it is a 1991 style protocol, with no support for virtual named servers, no encryption, really crappy input options to pass to CGI, and did it even support things like session state even with the hack that is cookies?

      I think that old ‘mobile web’ webm? was the only gopher like thing to http, then devices got ‘smarter’ and now I get blinking ads on my phone.

      Gopher just harkens back to the day when the internet wasn’t commercialized, so yeah it was more content. And for everything else there was usenet.

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