Telehack: A Retro Command-line Museum

If you don’t want to get any work done today, you should check out telehack.com, a retro command-line museum. As its creator describes it:

Telehack is a simulation of a stylized arpanet/usenet, circa 1985-1990.
It is a full multi-user simulation, including 25,000 hosts and BBS’s
the early net, thousands of files from the era, a collection of
adventure and IF games, a working BASIC interpreter with a library of
programs to run, simulated historial users, and more.

It has lots of files, many of which were mirrored from Jason Scott’s textfiles.com repository, along with a host (pun) of Interactive Fiction and BASIC games. It also has a 6502 monitor (which you access by typing “call -151”, naturally!), a USENET archive, the Blinkenlights ASCII Star Wars animation, and whole lot more stuff out on the simulated remote hosts.

I do not know who the creator is*, but he or she did an incredible job with this project. Nice work, AC (anonymous creator)!

Happy Friday!


*discussions of command-line things always have theological overtones.

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1 Comment

  1. Wow. Just…wow.

    If you want to show somebody what the Arpanet looked like (you didn’t call it the “Internet” until the late ’80s) this is it.

    Using the “finger” command and seeing familiar names from decades ago (some, sadly, ghosts now) sends a chill down your spine.

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