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As a veteran IT guy (no, not a Veteran, maybe a Myrmidon… ?), I like to tinker with older technologies. Call it old-school computing, to go with my love of old-school role-playing. With that in mind, I setup a gopherspace for this site which includes a gopher blog, some text files from this site (mostlySmoldering Wizard Overbite/Gopher the new monsters), my ‘adventures in text’ adventure (with hopefully more to come), and some random generators.

What’s Gopher, some of you may ask? It is a network protocol that reached its heyday in the early to mid-90s, then got ruthlessly squashed with the advent of the world-wide-web. It is a very simple protocol with almost no overhead, and is quite good at delivering text documents.

If you are geeky enough, you can access the Smoldering Wizard gopher site directly here:

gopher://gopher.smolderingwizard.com

or in a pinch, via one of the publicly available a web-to-gopher proxies:

Direct access requires a browser that supports gopher natively, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook) few modern, graphical web browsers support gopher anymore. Lynx is a fine text-mode browser that has excellent gopher support. If you use Firefox, you can install the Overbite plugin. There is an Overbite app for Android as well. Below is what the site looks like in lynx:

Smoldering  Wizard lynx/gopherI’m curious to hear anyone else’s reminisces/experiences with gopher or just what you think.

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