Finger.Farm: Advanced Finger Hosting
January 27, 2021 8:50 PM   Subscribe

Finger.Farm: Advanced Finger Hosting
Originally conceived as a way to get a status report on someone or something, the Finger Protocol aka RFC-742, has been around since the late 70s. Even today, the capability to finger lies dormant in every major OS.

Once upon a time, you could finger your boss, finger a vending machine, finger the weather, finger John Carmack, etc... Users would share .project and .plan files, showing their current project and plans. The original telepresence. The original Internet of Things. The original microblogging.

Although it's fallen out of fashion, finger still works and still has a valid purpose. Finger.Farm breathes new life into an ancient protocol, bringing the advanced finger features and finger functions into the future.
Role: Developer
posted by ph00dz (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by Sokka shot first on January 28, 2021: Finger.Farm: Advanced Finger Hosting

Hilariously, I posted this to Metafilter NOT REALIZING that it was also a projects post.
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:39 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


Hey... thx!
posted by ph00dz at 3:43 PM on January 29


Very nice. I haven't fingered anybody since back in school in the mid-nineties. I'd written a script to finger my friends. I'd login, run fmf, and find out who was online, and if they'd updated their .plan(s) etc.
posted by SonInLawOfSam at 4:10 PM on February 18


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