The 1980s: "Fish, fonts and fucking"


That bastard Cohen ripped me off I swear. You like? I like? Jagshamesh.

He's like, so 0wned.

There is a difference between beeing responsible for the creation of the newsgroup "" and being responsible for all the sexual content on the internet. The former is mine the latter I have absolutely nothing to do with.

I was responsible for the first aquaria newsgroup and (cough) a few others (snicker) that came later.


How Usenet was Saved and Why

When Henry Hardy called me he mentioned a guy called Bruce Junes at UCSD had been working with magi@uwo to try to recover Henry Spencer's 9 track analog tapes from utzoo. This stuck in my mind and somehow I anded up making contact with somebody at UWO then bugger Brewser Khale to take them at This was around 96 or so and really nobody else has the space, the handful of files were terabytes each in an era of 10 gig disk drives. Alta Vista (Google didn't exist then) couldn't handle it, when the guy that ran it asked for that many drives Digital just laughed at him. So they sat at until I bugged Deja News to get a copy but they never mad them available but did sell themselves to Google who did put them all online. That wasn't ever anticipate by many people. In college at the time especially. But as a slice of history it's maybe the best kind.


I created this one, too. All those thousands of hours and we're stuck with Arial and Verdana. Does that show you how irrelevant usenet is or what?

Best of the best of usenet.

Hardy: A history of Usenet

So this guy calls me saying he's writing a thesis and wants to know about how new newsfroups were created.

We talked.

You can read his thesis here and talk to Henry Hardy on Facebook.

Net.legend FAQ

Shouldn't I have groupies or something?

The plant and Aquarium lighting faq

I wrote this a long time ago.

There's a bunch of other newsgroups I'm responsible for.

Folks I've met

Oh brother...

Crap I get blamed for

I talk funny. Now other people talk funny. Now you talk funny.

"The Great Renaming"

"A net god becomes irritated"