I was cleaning out some boxes from my parents’ garage and found a bunch of 1.44MB floppy disks. Most of them were garbage, but I found one of them that contained a dotfiles.tar from October 1993. Here’s a few examples of the time-warp material I found inside:
I plan to make a more original plan someday. Login: mradwin Name: Mike-bo Radwin Directory: /thayer/hole-in-the-wall Shell: /vdub/pasta/sauce Last login Mon Sep 27 on ttyp1 from timevortex.cit.brown.edu Plan: I plan to make a more original plan someday.
I think this was funny at one point in time. I’ve seen many examples of folks who added false finger protocol stuff to their .plan file to make you think that you were reading another entry, and it looks like I was part of the same big Unix inside joke. Apparently I also had an obsession with food; Hole In The Wall was one of my favorite sandwich shops in Providence and the Vee-Dub was the nickname of Verney-Woolley dining hall.
alias time 'telnet tsoft 13' alias bye logout alias b 'exit' alias allps "ps -aux | grep -v root | sort | more" alias nasanews "finger firstname.lastname@example.org" alias webster "telnet cs.indiana.edu 2627" alias rutgers "telnet 188.8.131.52" alias freenet "telnet hela.ins.cwru.edu" alias readers "telnet 184.108.40.206" alias hytelnet "rlogin access.usask.ca -l hytelnet" alias bahamud "rlogin bahamud.st.hmc.edu" alias ww "ps -au | sort" alias dir "ls -slgFL" alias ls "ls -sF" alias ll "ls -slagFL" alias e jove alias undos 'tr -d "\015"' alias eal ntalk email@example.com alias emlee ntalk firstname.lastname@example.org alias rot13 'tr A-Za-z N-ZA-Mn-za-m' alias rn trn -M -hDist -hSend -hFollow -hOrg -hExp -hRef -hLines -hNNTP -hReply alias 43 stty rows 42
Looks like I had a buddy list of exactly two people. And that’s what bookmarks/favorites looked like in the pre-Web days.
Newsgroups: tellink.general Subject: c compiler Summary: Expires: Sender: Followup-To: Distribution: local Organization: tellink -- the final frontier Keywords: does cc use SYS V syntax only? because I was trying to compile something that I wrote which conforms to ANSI C standards, using prototypes for functions, and cc choked on it. it also didn't like function(void), something that the wonderful product turbo C++ absolutely loves.
An article I posted to an internal newsgroup of my ISP. Even 10 years ago I was a standards freak.