Does anyone still use Telnet?

Bisquick

Registered
I remember back in the day I could spend hours talking to interesting people all over the world using Telnet. The "havens" back then were so superior to today's chat rooms in everyway. More options, more creativity, more intellectual discussion vs. the ALL CAPS generation I see in todays chats and forums. While I've pretty much outgrown the whole chat room thing, I miss the people that I had gotten to know by bizarre user names and patented "emoticons."

Does anyone still use UNIX to telnet? Are there any havens still out there for reminiscent folk such as me?
 

ElDiabloConCaca

U.S.D.A. Prime
If you think Telnet is old-school, then you're too young to remember BBSs. Now THAT'S old-school. EchoMail, anyone?
 

Viro

Registered
Don't use telnet anymore and have switched completely over to ssh. Never went to any "havens" though :)
 

Bisquick

Registered
HA! MUDs were great, too. *sigh* Guess I'm just getting old and curmudgeonly. "Back in my day, everything worked much better!"
 

mkwan

Tech
I only use telnet when I'm accessing a local computer inside internal network and testing ports
 

lurk

Mitä?
BBSs that was toys stuff. We were using telnet on the ARPA net long before that. Just because the consumer stuff caught up with the rest of us late is not my problem.

/Cranky geezer goodness is fun!
 

boyfarrell

Registered
I used telnet (well pine actually) to check my e-mails. No I have PowerBook and I take them with me and pick them up where ever I am.
 

scruffy

Notorious Olive Counter
blinkenlights.nl has a website? Sacrilege! What is with all this newfangled AOL kid friendly web nonsense?
 

spb

Registered
My school still has a telnet based card catalog.

I wrote an expect script that would login and renew my library books. I put this in my crontab so every Monday at noon my books would be renewed. After this I never had a late fee again.

I've graduated in May, but I'm still getting messages that my script was able to login, so I know that they haven't yet closed my account.
 

scruffy

Notorious Olive Counter
Hey, that reminded me - the Saskatoon public library system also has a telnet based catalog system, as well as a web-based system (relatively recent, say < 7 years). They used to have a bunch of VT220's in the library, I don't know if they replaced them now with web stations.

The telnet system was always faster if you knew your way around it - my dad, who has never quite gotten used to GUI's, always uses the telnet app.

I think the university in town still uses a similar thing, although they're in the process of replacing all the VT terms with web stations. Their catalog search website is almost painfully slow. Here my dad and I agree - if you have more than just a couple of searches to do, it's faster to go up the the fourth floor, or wherever the remaining VT terms are, do your searching there, than to use a web station on the main floor...
 
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