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  1. stiobhan says:

    That's just awesome.
    But isn't the ZIP code anachronistic?
    (Did Mountain View even have a postal zone number?)

  2. Thats really funny.. ^__^

  3. spendocrat says:

    No standard files containing all your search terms were found.

    Your search - Rabies Vaccine - did not match any documents.


    * Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
    * Try different keywords.
    * Try more general keywords.
    * Try fewer keywords.

  4. sweh says:

    Hitachi's "Life Without The Hard Drive" has a view on search technology very similar.

  5. miguelitosd says:

    was a local BBS (run on an Apple //c) that periodically dialed into a local University computer IIRC. You could fashion an email that would get routed to a computer (at MIT?) that would parse the email for commands to do a gopher search and would email the reply.

    • rodgerd says:

      I relied on analagous services for FTP back in the days when the only options for Internet access in my city were one commercial ISP ($10/meg for email, $40/meg for anything else) or a free council-operated service that provided a VMS account with mail and news, but no FTP.