[LINK] CSIRO Second Life Island?

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Wed Sep 26 09:31:38 EST 2007

At 08:35 AM 26/09/2007, Tom Worthington wrote:
>Of course this is not the first robot on the Internet. In 1994 Ken 
>Taylor demonstrated control of a robot in Perth from Canberra:

I liked the remote coke machine monitor that the guys at MIT 
developed. It's still going: http://www-swiss.ai.mit.edu/htbin/coke
Oops! History was much farther back and at Carnegie-Mellon in 
Pittsburgh in the 1970s!:

V.  Alternative uses for Finger

Information Retrieval

"Using this dandy little tool, among other things, I've found 
earthquake updates; a directory that lists which sodas are available 
in certain soda machines at Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon 
University, and National Football League standings."[14]

             An interesting use of the Finger command was done at 
Carnegie-Mellon University in the 1970s.  It involved wiring up a 
Coke machine to sense how many bottles were present of various 
flavors inside the machine.  Next a program was written that allowed 
the status of the Coke machine to be determined by the use of the 
Finger command, Finger coke at cmua.[15]

             Plan files were the old home of ASCII art.  Plans 
contain varied individualized information. For example, favorite 
quotes, ASCII art, and marketing information could be in a plan 
file.  It was a precursor to the world wide web home page.[16]

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