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Gopher: A Present for Redis (antirez.com)
144 points by itamarhaber 23 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments

This is great. As a University of Minnesota graduate I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for gopher. Even in 2010 I remember we had some old gopher documentation floating around the IT department. Here's a summary[1] of its history.

[1] https://www.minnpost.com/business/2016/08/rise-and-fall-goph...


Here is the link from Feb 25, 2009

Note this number = 494649

Today = 19 247493

Nineteen (19) Million Posts etc later (mas o menos)

Very cool. He had Redis Cluster in mind then: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=495711

Very cool! Someone should update Wikipedia and add this as a Gopher server implementation.

Perhaps soon there will also be a Revival section to add, if enough interest is generated. My curiosity has certainly been piqued!

Perfect protocol for low-bandwidth, text-only networks like Ubiquitilink.


This might be a problem though for some people/projects: http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:7mk...

I wonder how/why this happened...

looks like that search is tied to a session, what did you search for?

Sorry - "Gopher Protocol" is now a registered trademark...

Because of this post, I've spent the last few hours re-exploring gopher spaces on sdf.org. Half that time was spent reading xmanmonk's "What The...?" phlog from the start. I have no clue if they're real or just stories, but either way, they're great reads.

Gopher in 2019 sounds a bit strange.. Yes, but fun, and free from all the "value-added" crud that we usually have to put up with. My gopherhole is attracting around 1000 visitors monthly.

Wow that brings back memories of the old dialup modems. I remember using gopher when I first got on the Internet.

Relevant xkcd: https://xkcd.com/554/

Relevant webcomic: https://xkcd.com/554/

This is great. Time to install a gopher client.

Time to write one! They are fun little coding projects (I've written three, one in Lua, one in Python/Tkinter, and one in Golang). A lot of the people in the shell communities I am a part of (all of which offer Gopher hosting) roll their own. The protocol is just so simple and easy to work with. :)

Isn't this "everything that's new is bad, let's get back to old days" rather tiresome?

Not trying to be the hater here. I'd just like to know what's so appealing about stuff where all the improvements we've had since the 80s aren't noticeable, like HiDPI displays, easy access to embedded 4k HDR video without requiring stuff like Flash or Silverlight.

those improvements are leaving a lot of population behind, low memory machines and slow internet connections are still there and old technologies are helping keeping people connected

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