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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

"It's amazing," writes Kevin Purdy, "and a little sad, to think that something created in 1989 that changed how people used and viewed the then-nascent Internet had nearly vanished by 2024." The think in question was a search engine that allowed users to find documents made available through anonymous FTP services. But it has been rescued. "Not only did The Serial Port rescue the last working version of Archie (seemingly a 3.5 beta), but they posted its docs and now run an actual Archie server on an emulated Sun SPARCstation 5." Takes me back.

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