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August 20, 2014 7:22 AM   Subscribe

From the wiki: "The editor Emacs includes a fully functional implementation of it"

Of course it does.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:30 AM on August 20, 2014 [5 favorites]

RFC humour is the best kind of humour.
posted by Poldo at 7:33 AM on August 20, 2014 [3 favorites]

I recall the coffee pot web cam from the Trojan Room in 1991! Back then, it was rare to see any kind of graphics...much less a web cam!

Yep, I'd fire up my Atari 800 and 300 baud modem and in four or five minutes, you'd have a streaky 400x400 or so cam shot of the coffee pot! It was a miracle of technology!

It was so random and bizarre, I think that's about the time I fell in love with teh Intarwebz....
posted by CrowGoat at 7:54 AM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

Yeah, I remember showing that to people. There was also a Coke machine you could "finger" from the command line to find out if it had your flavor of soda.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:28 AM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

See also: Lavarand.
posted by Itaxpica at 9:51 AM on August 20, 2014

And after that, CU-SeeMe. I remember finding that and gradually starting up more and more sessions with more and more sources, until I had something like twenty windows open on my 486 PC. How wonderful! Never thought I'd see anything like it...

Frame rate was, shall we say, iffy, and after a bit, nothing much seemed to be happening. So, I closed everything down and carried on. About half an hour later, the phone rang - it was someone I'd never talked to before, from our IT department in Boston. I had, he told me, brought down the company network worldwide, and would I very much mind not doing that again?

Happy days.
posted by Devonian at 10:07 AM on August 20, 2014 [4 favorites]

Needs 418 tag.
posted by ardgedee at 10:40 AM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

The CMU Internet Coke machine predates this.
posted by kjs3 at 11:47 AM on August 20, 2014

In 1990, John Romkey and Simon Hackett put an snmp-controlled toaster on the internet.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:57 PM on August 20, 2014

Also, I wasn't aware of this teapot. I am quite pleased that there is an implementation, if not a reference implementation, of the 418 case for HTCPCP. As a fan of tea in general and of the delights of a very strong-brewed assam in particular, it's nice to see tea getting its fair share of internet fame.

Securing the teapot to the laptop computer does remind me a bit of an "rs-232 to brick" adapter a friend of mine came across, though. (it was an rs-232 connector. epoxied to a brick. as one does, apparently.)
posted by rmd1023 at 7:11 PM on August 20, 2014

Just this year, a new RFC describing an extension to the HTCPCP protocol was this teapot still standards-compliant?
posted by rlio at 10:00 PM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

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