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Thoughts on a distributed web

2014-03-20 00:11:48.322007+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

RT Rogers Cadenhead ‏@rcade:

I went looking for Greg Costikyan's game blog and web presence and they were both gone. Not cool, Internet.

So a few things are wrong with the web:

  • Stuff disappears from it. People die or become disinterested in their web presences, or decide to reorganize their servers.
  • We should be able to host our own content. $MUCH/month, for lousy upstream connections, and we still need a colo server or an additional hosting plan.
  • DNS is centralized.

I suspect that to fix this we may only need links to bittorrent hashes, and some mechanism for browsers to look inside .zip or .tgz files. Ideas?

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-03-20 01:41:33.796386+00 by: ebradway

Compliments of The WayBack Machine

#Comment Re: made: 2014-03-20 13:42:15.842446+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, but depending on a centralized service like that is a bad idea for the future.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-03-20 16:26:55.458233+00 by: dexev

What was wrong with NNTP?

I mean, aside from the S/N ratio going through the floor?

I got my first connection (38K) in '94, early enough to see the way things used to be, but too late to really be a part of it.

As I've watched -- now from the inside, now from the out -- I don't see the value that the modern internet is adding to our lives, compared to the cost. I'm open to the possibility that I'm just a grumpy old man now, but aren't lolcats the electronic equivalent of getting messed up on Mt. Dew and Spree?

#Comment Re: made: 2014-03-20 16:48:44.352378+00 by: Ben Williams

I was thinking Freenet invented the distributed web 14 years ago but apparently it discards old, unpopular stuff in favor of the new hotness. We need a Freenet fork that promises to keep any file under a certain size forever, so we never lose another .txt, .html, .css, or .js file.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-03-20 21:21:05.853295+00 by: Dan Lyke

I had an NNTP version of Flutterby for a while, it had two users: Me and Genehack.

The big issues I have with NNTP:

I need to look at Freenet again, it probably does most of what I want...

#Comment Re: made: 2014-03-22 20:01:48.642391+00 by: Shawn

I used the NNTP interface on occasion.