Someone is sending raw print commands to open network printers on port 9001 which inform people about (via

Reminds me of this crap weev pulled a couple of years back sending nazi propaganda to open printers on universities etc (

The medium isn't the message, the message is the message.

@rra it’s kind of a brilliant way to get a message out within a relatively closed system. It makes me want to make art with it.

@emenel @rra Hmm this is pretty interesting. Gives me ideas for some kind of "print-ring" where people send around unsolicited missives among a small group of networked receipt printers.

@praxeology @emenel @rra There is something called the i-telex network ( a telex network over the internet

However last week my magnetic wires arrived! my plan for the next months is to reactivate the real-reel-to-reel-network(, but this time I will use wires instead of tape. I think the wires that were used for magnetic recording are more stable! tape loops break very easy! And as terminals I will use some (screenless 😀 ) typewriters or if I can find old telewriters. I still belive Flusser was right when he wrote that ring topologies are an elegant form of communication!


@joak @emenel @rra Wow that sounds amazing. The Tape Loop version is already beautiful.

I have an old IBM Wheelwriter that I've been waiting to hack. If you want to have a node here in Berlin, I'd be happy to connect.

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@praxeology @emenel @rra great! the operation speed of the loop network was 17cm/sec. Vienna - Berlin is ~550km. if my calculation is correct it would take ~37.5 days to send a message!
currently I have 400 meters of the magnetic wire. I will try to get more :D

@joak 400m is impressive. Token passing topologies are well suited to bridging. Some of the early internet exchange points like MAE-East¹ used FDDI and since they quickly ran out of rack space in the garage, they often used a 1 or 2U bridge to connect a remote router.

Your LAN could have a bridge to the wire that could send and receive with QR codes on postcards or something.


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