Skip to main content

Did you know your hard disk is descended from a streetcar? Learn how in "Solid State: Minnesota's High Tech History". Also includes Cray, the Oregon Trail and yes, Internet Gopher.

via @tpt


@Albatross Wendy Jedelicka @wjedlicka did the Gopher T-shirt art and design. There was some talk of doing a reissue a while back.


@pzriddle The computer history museum might want the original Gopher T. I gifted the other two:

I should see if I still have the GopherVR shirt


@complexsplit I haven't kept up with recent gopher protocol developments, but I do see some discussion on the gopher-project mailing list:


In June 1995 I presented "Using Gopher with the World-Wide-Web" at GopherCon 95.

""Together the strengths of Gopher and WWW create a better, more integrated information system.""


@adamcurry @SanctionInc Lucky for us the golden age of Gopher T-Shirt shilling is gone. The FTC/FCC took care of that. Of course the open question is: who was @kurt_loder repping? AOL, MSN or CompuServe?


Before there was Commons Clause or Affero the University of Minnesota Gopher team tried to license the server code with carve-outs for non-commercial use.


@chanezon Gopher thrived in the pre-commercial internet and aspired to be a distributed, searchable library. Menus and Text lost out to pretty pictures and ads. The rest is history.


Even more Gopher Protocol coverage with @Mark_McCahill and @leolaporte


xkcd: Not Enough Work

Not Enough Work




The time Minnesota almost ruled the internet - MPR News with Tom Weber

Here's an interview with Tim Gihring from Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Weber podcast on August 19, 2016.



Gopher Cluster Searches (2001) - YouTube

Conceptual VR Search UI from 2001.   GopherVR had a bunch of neat things.  Hulk jumps, stonehenge, spiral stonehenge.  We used the open source Doom code to implement the software and a lot of graph paper to make the 3d models..



Welcome to 1500 Word MTU

2 min read

This is an experiment.  Can I take control of my online life and move it to a place where I have more control?  Can I pull my content out of multiple silos?  And can I import existing content from other platforms and keep it (somewhat) synced over time so I have a full record of my public online life?

We're going to find out..

The trigger for me was an article about my early days working with the Internet Gopher Community.  I had saved most of the email from back then and it was quite easy to reconstruct and remember what happened.  I don't think I'll have the luxury for much of what's happening recently.  The digital ephemera is spread out too far and wide to reconstruct and reflect.

To get there I'm experimenting with the hosted version of Known, a publishing platform that supports the things that matter to me.  I like that it's open source, interoperable and respectful of human effort -- it also supports a number of Indieweb technologies out of the box like WebMention, and to pull back content from the Silos.

So.. you're going to see more content in more places as I'll be syndicating out to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.  And I'll be sharing more as I document this process.



Silos by Doc Searls / CC BY 2.0



Gopher 25 years on. Long fun, read

1 min read

Twenty-five years ago, a small band of programmers from the University of Minnesota ruled the internet. And then they didn’t.

 Gopher Team 

Read more at The rise and fall of the Gopher protocol via MinnPost


On: Google+, FacebookLinkedIn


Making the Internet Better - Google Edition

2 min read

I've been very fortunate in my career.  I've had many opportunities and been successful in making the Internet a better place for end-users and developers.  From the early days of Gopher to the mainstreaming of open-source at Red Hat to the rise of blogging at Six Apart and on to forming the social web with Opensocial -- I've been a part of many game-changing technologies first hand.   It's one of the most satisfying parts of my work.

That's why I'm happy to announce that I'm joining Google today.  My gut tells me that this is the right company, the right team, and the right time to contribute to and help define another major change that betters the internet and the entire world.

The decision to work for Google did not come easy.  My time at LinkedIn has been truly amazing. The people are smart, the technology is stellar and the opportunities to learn and contribute are limitless.   In the past year and half the company doubled in size while the Platform team launched dozens of great new products and enhancements. I'm especially proud of the small parts that I played in helping launch LinkedIn's open developer program and am equally excited about a number of future projects that will launch in the near future.  I cherish the friendships and knowledge gained and will miss everyone there greatly.

I look forward to the exciting things that I'll be able to accomplish soon.  Here's to the next evolution and revolution!