It's a new and there are more tildes than you can shake a tilde at!

While I spend some time in IRC, I spend more time on the command line tinkering with this or that. If you want to interact with me, it's easiest to shoot me an email [username] I also run a smaller, slower, quieter pubnix at

Some History

Tildes like or are a modern version of an old style* system called public acccess Unix systems (of course, "Unix", should now be replaced more often with BSD or GNU/Linux). These are sometimes called "pubnixes". I wrote a history and commentary on public access Unix systems, now run as the Public Access Unix History Documentation Project. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to contribute:

* How old? The first pubnixes were created in 1982, well before Gopher and the WWW.

Pubnix Admin Interviews

As part of the Pubnix History Project, I am interviewing pubnix (including tilde) admins. The interviews are first released on either gopher or gemini servers, but are later transmogrified into html. I will keep links to the html copies here. This list will be updated whenever new interviews are transmogrified.

I announce each new interview on my (low volume) Mastodon account:

* Ben Harris, (
* Ben Morrison, (
* Ryan Sayre, (
* ~sloum, (gemini://
* ~independence, (gemini://

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