The Postal Inter.net Office is shutting down

Written on February 13 2013 at 22:00

Two years ago, as a joke and a nod to making things fast, I took a silly domain name and served a few silly “HTTP” requests using the UK postal service as the transport layer. It was called Postal Inter.net.

Postal Inter.net

It was good fun, and I really enjoyed some of the requests that we received, but the “server” has not been accessed for more than a year now, so I think it’s time to put it to rest.

You were fun, postalinter.net, but your time has passed. I release you into the quantum foam.

Here are a few of the requests that we got. Obviously you are only seeing one side of the communication; the responses are now lost in the ether (or in the post boxes of the UK).

A simple request to the root URL Some more requests

The most impressive request thoroughly embraced the nature of TCP/IP, and arrived in a number of packets, out of order and with some data corruption (see the missing data on the envelopes), which we had to reconstitute into the actual request within our ‘server’. Bravo, Tom Stuart!

Packets 1 and 2 of a very elaborate reimplementation of TCP/IP over the postal system Packets 3 and 4 of a very elaborate reimplementation of TCP/IP over the postal system Packets 5 and 6 of a very elaborate reimplementation of TCP/IP over the postal system

Tom was challenged for login details, and here was his response.

A further request after login was challenged

Alas, I cannot remember what was at http://experthuman.com/proof, and whatever was there is gone now. Perhaps that’s for the best.

PostalInter.net

Packet corruption

Packets on the wire

Next request

Bad request


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