- I spent a good deal (far too much) of my first year in college hanging
- around on internet \"talkers\". These were basically little servers that
- allowed for chatting, and had lots of cute features, like pretty colours
- and user profiles and suchlike. I had a lot of fun on them. Met lots of
- nice British people.
- At the time, redbrick was still mid-transition from the days of the
- [BBS](/BBS "wikilink") (you\'ll need someone else to explain that, I\'m
- not in the mood ;o). A new chat system had not yet been set up.
- I spent that summer (when I should\'ve been studying accounting & maths)
- learning how to write C, by playing with the NUTS (Neil\'s Unix Talker
- System, a popular source base for internet talkers) source code. It
- occurred to me that I could run it on Redbrick, and so I started
- \"theming\" it as \"Redbrick House\". I added lots of new commands, and
- made it up like it was a house (with living room, kitchen, toilet, etc
- :o). The admins & chairperson of the time liked it, and let me run it.
- Plop wrote a frontend for it to separate user input & output (called
- Itchy NUTS, Imaginatively Titled Client Heralding Yapping on NUTS), and
- lots of people used it.
- It was very cosy, lots of fun, hideously coded, and crashed alot. But
- no-one really minded. It was replaced with IRC because NUTS didn\'t run
- stably on Solaris (Hell, it didn\'t run stably anywhere. It was a very
- good tutorial on how not to program ;o), and also because the admins
- had/have a stated aim of using standards-based, up-to-date technology to
- do stuff. Not that I would call IRC good technology. ;o)
- So there you go. Hmm. This should probably be put in the Encyclopedia.
- Origionally from the [Encyclopedia](/Encyclopedia "wikilink")
- [Category:Encyclopedia](/Category:Encyclopedia "wikilink")