[vcf-midatlantic] oldest email address in the club

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Sep 8 11:27:56 EDT 2016

On 09/01/2016 06:36 PM, Jim Scheef via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Yes! I vaguely remember that form. I believe you got the form by
> sending a carefully crafted email to an address at the InterNIC.

  Not quite.  The blank forms were available via FTP from
ftp.internic.net.  They were just text files; one pulled them up in an
editor, filled in the blanks, and sent them to domreg at internic.net for
processing.  There were several forms for different purposes.  The forms
were parsed by shell scripts on a SunOS system in Virginia and requests
were rewritten into a normalized form for partially-automated
processing.  Any errors in the parsing caused the form to be shunted off
to a human (whom I dated very briefly, and later sharked from InterNIC
and hired...how's that for name-dropping!) for manual processing.

> The InterNIC became Network Solutions when Al Gore invented the
> commercial Internet - an event we all remember.

  Yeah the Al Gore thing was the source of endless laughter. :)


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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