One of the hipsters at silverorange emailed me about a year ago: he wondered if I could configure this server to respond to requests for reinvented.net as well as for www.reinvented.net, as his habit was to leave off the www. I was happy to oblige, and this alternative mechanism has been in place ever since.
Not being a hipster myself (but trying hard every day), I am embarassed to admit that not only do I continue to call up this website using the www, but I almost always type the URL as http://ruk.ca/, even though no browser I know of has actually required this for as long as anyone can remember.
Back at the dawn of time, you couldn’t assume the http:// because you might just as well be connecting to a Gopher server with your browser, which required gopher://. My fingers got trained under that regime, and I’ve not yet been unable to untrain them.
I’ve probably wasted years of my life typing http://, and dented my carpal tunnels an extra 23% while I was at it.
Here’s a pointer to a gopher server (at Trent University) — if you can click through, then your browser still supports Gopher, which is pretty amazing, as it isn’t in common use, and hasn’t been for many years.
Funny to think that back at Access 1994 in St. John’s we were all busy debating whether Gopher or the World Wide Web would emerge as the dominant medium. I think one of the sessions at the conference was a demo of a 3D Gopher Server. Those were the days.