Welcome to the gopher server at quux.org!
This is one of the world's few maintained, modern gopher servers. On it,
you will find a huge collection of information, files, software, archives,
and mirrors pertaining to a wide variety of topics of interest to computer
enthusiasts. You'll find humor, jargon files, ZCode games and interpreters,
decompressors for both modern and old compression formats, emulators for old
CPUs, and even the occasional old operating system.
quux.org exists to provide a repository of some of the best software and
documents in the history of computing, and the tools necessary to use it.
The influence of games such as Zork can still be seen in the gaming industry
today. And experience gained in the early days of computing still is
relevant today -- in fact, some experience in those days can't be gained on
Another use for this collection is running old software. A program's age
does not mean it is not useful; sometimes you might want to try out that old
binary you have lying about from the PDP-11 or Apple II!
Finally, computer programmers (also known as hackers) wrote a great deal
about their work. Some is legendary, such as Dijkstra's "Goto Considered
Harmful" paper. Others are funny and equally as well-known. There is much
here to chuckle at as well.
I am often asked why I use gopher for this server, presumably as opposed to
something such as HTTP. One important reason is that HTTP (and the Web) did
not exist at the time that most of the content here was written. Using some
collection. Modern web browsers still understand Gopher and can still
access this server. Since such browsers are ubiqutous today, accessing the
site should not be a problem.
Contrary to popular belief, gopher can be used to serve up web (HTML)
documents just as easily as HTTP can. You'll notice that some material
originated in HTML form, and where changing it to plain text would be
detrimental to the state of the source, it has been left in HTML. In most
cases, you can browse that HTML, even with embedded multimedia, right from a
gopher-enabled web browser.
Finally, gopher has a few unique features not found in HTTP. One of them is
a standardized way of presenting a directory. HTTP cannot do this; HTTP
servers generate HTML in a nonstandard way to accomplish this task. Another
is multiple views of an object (along with mime types), but as this is a
gopher+ feature and few web browsers implement gopher+ properly, I do not
use this feature on quux.org.
Take a look at the Mozilla screenshot in the Gopher Project area. You'll
see something that you'll never see with the Web -- a tree-like folder
display, with items from multiple servers around the world integreated into
a single directory hierarchy, SEAMLESSLY! Gopher is the only standardized
commonplace global hierarchial virtual filesystem in existance today.
A LEGAL NOTE
This server is, first and foremost, a repository of data gathered from
around the 'net. A large chunk of the data here is in the form of a
"mirror" -- that is, a simple copy of data that resides (or, sadly,
"resided") on computers elsewhere on the Internet. The original
archive maintainer was responsible for the content of each individual
archive. EDITORIAL CONTROL IS NOT EXERCISED on this server. Many
directories are automatically generated. Even I have only read a
fraction of the content here. Most mirrors live under
/Archive/mirrors, though they may be linked to from other places.
That said, I attempt to run this server in a fully law-abiding way.
Please notify me immediately if there is any question as to the
legality of content available from here.
-- John Goerzen <[email protected]
quux.org archive maintainer
August 22, 2000
August 29, 2001
April 1, 2002