[vcf-midatlantic] oldest email address in the club

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Sep 8 12:01:33 EDT 2016

On 09/08/2016 11:43 AM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 11:27 AM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> 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. :)
> You did not need to download an FTP form every time - I just saved the same
> original as a template, edited to the next domain to register, re-use.

  Not meaning this as rudely as it'll come across, but: "Duh". ;)

> I still have a copy of at least one of these.

  I just found mine too, man that brought back some memories!


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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