Historical instructions

Read at your own risk

This document dates from the early web period, and is kept for archival purposes only. It is no longer updated, and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate.

A long time ago, the web was not the only way of accessing the net. There was also FTP, Gopher, and even email.

Back when everyone on the net trusted everyone else, one of the things we trusted was e-mail. So you could find lots of ways of accessing the net by e-mail. You could ask for hundreds of kilobytes of data by e-mail, and have it sent back to you. That, of course, changed when we realized we couldn’t trust you to use your own e-mail address on the request.

These instructions are for the old Cerebus the Gopher, back when it actually was a Gopher server, using Peter Lewis’s FTPd.