BBSs to torrent search engines, books have always been shared in a bewildering array of formats.
Out of this grew Tom Jennings's very successful experiment called FidoNet
After explaining why the current internet protocol suite is not always adequate, the authors describe the bundle protocol being developed by the Internet Research Task Force, the Licklider transmission protocol, the wwwoffle proxy, TierStore, the LTP-T protocol, TP-Planet, Fidonet
, erasure coding, and Postmanet.
Among the more interesting tales is that of FidoNet
and its frenetic architect, Tom Jennings.
Early pioneering 'community' networks include Fidonet
, community networks, Freenets (where the disseminators of information paid for free access for end-users) and activist networks (global communities of interest).
Registration Services Ltd has announced the immediate availability of a web mail service called Redmail.
Bruce, a writer based in the West Midlands, recalls: "I'd been on something called FidoNet
, a different kind of internet since 1985 and enjoyed it immensely and very actively.
The users themselves developed software, such as Usenet, BITNET, and Fidonet
, to make communicating easier within what were now called Newsgroups.
and BBS "Bulletin Board Services" provide similar functions.
Vaughan's Blacknet is linked to Fidonet
, which is also linked to AfroNet, a group of nationwide black-owned BBSs'.