ftp archives disappearing?

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 13:44:54 CDT 2007

Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Mar 12, 2007, at 5:45 PM, Adam Goldman wrote:
>> The Internet used to have a number of useful features that it no longer
>> does today -- for example, the finger and talk protocols. These protocols
>> no longer exist on the Internet, mostly due to valid security reasons.
>   Hmm, that's an interesting assertion:
> apophis$ which finger
> /bin/finger
> apophis$ which talk
> /bin/talk
>   ...looks to me like they're still there.
>   If people of the "web browser generation" don't know enough to use 
> them (on the "other" end, I mean) then you probably don't want to finger 
> or talk to them anyway. ;)

It's not so much that the executables are still missing, it's that 
people no longer run fingerd and talkd.

Local finger and talk aren't nearly as useful.

Peace...  Sridhar

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