This site has been around since the late 1990s, in various states of
disrepair, as the owner has rarely focused upon good web design.
It spent a couple of years completely dead, with the domain only used
For a while now, some of the old content has been back, while the front-page
still just said "foo". Some of that has now been fixed. A very little.
mail-intro.txt: a guide to the
fundamentals of how email works.
software/ holds some old code; the references to
extra possibilities are no longer possibilities, as I no longer have access
to the code I wrote for that employer, so can't get it released open source.
For current code I export, see
my spodhuis personal software site.
ballmer, holding an old mirror, for NTK (I think it
was) of a video clip that was a veritable Internet sensation!
In 1999, I think.
This page also historically had a link to the user-pages of folks who wanted
content exported. Most of those people now have their own systems, or
alternative shared hosting which is backed by actual SLAs.
The only one left hosts in a different domain. See:
Phil Pennock's homepage
On the name
Martin Nietzel liked the name and the origins and politely checked that
I would be okay with his reusing it for a piece of software. I'm happy
with that, it's a decent tool for providing some sample filenames to help
you stress-test that your software can deal with arbitrary file-names
See Martin's software page for details
The name GlobNIX is a pun. Not a very good pun.
Some people got it. Usually technical Unix people.
A “glob” is a kind of wildcard expansion, as performed by
command-shells on various Unix-like systems. Which used to be known
as *NIX to capture the wide variety, back when there was a
wide variety of relevant systems.
The domain was created before I became involved enough in Networking
to become aware of “Globix” and for a while I was apprehensive
that I might be accused of typo-squatting, so played down my usage of the
domain somewhat. More fool me:
I've outlasted them all
(fx: evil cackling)