Archive for April, 2005
You know, before we had weblogs, we had a little thing called “Finger”. Now, with “Finger” (or more precisely, finger, lower case), one would check if another user were online at a certain host, and, if not online, perhaps read a brief message they had left for you. This is how things were done. You’d post some interesting thoughts in your .plan file and people would see that when they … *ahem* … “fingered” you.
Of course, this could never work out, a) because it let people discover user names on a host, to attempt login brute-force attacks against, and b) it lead to discussions like the one I had once with a fellow geek, before a mystified and mildly horrified third party:
Geek1 “So, can you just finger anyone?”
Geek2: “yeah, assuming you know their name”
Geek2: “Most anywhere, some people are paranoid and don’t let you finger them”
…as you can see, this leads directly to the formation of weblogs.