April 29, 2017

Yanoff Internet Connections

Yanoff Display

In the early days of the Internet, Scott Yanoff Internet Connections was a way for people to learn about functionalities that were available on various servers. You would run the unix finger command to get the latest list.

Scott Yanoff is now an IT manager at a company and co-authored some Internet books.

The list stopped around 1993 as there was increase completion from other sources.

Here’s a brief sample of what users would see:

 -Baseball Scores       finger jtchern@ocf.berkeley.edu for scores/standings OR
                        mail jtchern@ocf.berkeley.edu  w/Subject: MLB
   offers: The latter will subscribe you to receive Major League scores daily!

 +Backgammon Servers    telnet ouzo.rog.rwth-aachen.de 8765 /134.130.130.46 8765
   offers: Play Backgammon! (Login: guest)

 -Billboard Charts      finger buckmr@rpi.edu
   offers: U.S. Top Pop singles for the week.

 +CancerNet             mail cancernet@icicb.nci.nih.gov / gopher gopher.nih.gov
    offers: Cancer info. statements thru email. Body-of-letter: help or Spanish

 -CARL                  telnet pac.carl.org or 192.54.81.128
   offers: Online database, book reviews, magazine fax delivery service.

You can see a complete Yanoff list from April 1, 1993. (Hard to believe that I kept internet files from 23 years ago.)

Chances are none of the sites are working anymore, and the email addresses listed have long been discontinued.

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