February 27, 2002
Just a word on search engines and Usenet. If you've been around the Internet as long as I have (or longer), you already know about Usenet - the original message boards that predate TCP/IP and all this fancy network card stuff. - Plenty of primers on what Usenet is and how it can be accessed are out there. Dejanews at one point was the premier archive of old Usenet messages, then sold out to Google. Google has done amazing things with the archive, and if you need an answer to a question, you'll likely find the answer in an old Usenet post. Here is an example Google Search on pine reply-to how to configure that I recently did - and the answer was in the second message on the list. No way we could have had this kind of knowledge base in the 80s... The Internet continues to amaze me.