Well, just when you think FREEDOM is on it's way in,
there's a huge pig industrial backlash from the sleeping
pork giants. Napster, MP3.com, gar gar gar are all getting
slapped down by the MAN! Mother fuck. Well, let's see what
happens with Yo!nk.
It's been a bad month for freedom, folks. I mean, real bad. There've been more
lawyers searching the Web for "bad" programs and "wrong" files over the last 60
days than porndogs searching for double-anal penetration. What's HAPPENING with
this goddamned Internet, ANYWAYS!? Fuck, I think I'm just going to give up and
go back to FidoNet, man. At least they've
still got some FREEDOM there. Who's with me?
Aw, who'm I kidding? I'm gonna stick with this crazy ol' Internet until it goes
down in a disgusting mudpit of legal terminology, Congressional hearings and
So, given that, what're the options for people who just want to trade files,
share information, swap recipes, etc.? You could use Napster, sure, but that damn thing only works
for MP3s (stupid patented music protocol).
This wiggity Gnutella from Gnullsoft sure looked good for a while, but
the captive Nullsoft's corporate overlord, AOL/Time-Warner, put the hurting on
them within a few hours and Gnutella is gone for good. STUPIDLY, they forgot to
release the source early, so now that Gnutella's kiboshed, nobody else can
develop it. Good going, Gnullsoft! Man, what a bunch of whack-jobs. Just goes to
show you that if you sell out, man, you're going to STAY sold out. You don't
become Steve Case's beeyatch without paying the price. [Last I checked there was
a mirror of Gnutella here, if you're
So what's that leave? Of course, there's FreeNet, but it's
got practically ZERO client support right now. So it's primarily for wily
European Javur hackers right now. Go check it out, if you can, by the way!
But what this article is about -- I know you were wondering, folks -- is this
new little program, Yo!nk. Clever name, eh? Combining the power of
InterCaps with excessive! exclamation! points!, Yo!nk is a file-exchange client
put out by the good-karma krew at Download Community. It's for trading all sorts
of files, like whatever you want to trade. The architecture is pretty
interesting, too: it uses the venerable IRC protocol, and the hot-young-pup XML,
to make announcements and share data.
The guys involved with Yo!nk are pretty coolio. They asked to remain anonymous
when I talked to them, but trust me -- they have street cred in Internet
freedom. Would I lie to you?
I have some reservations about Yo!nk right now, though. The source isn't
available yet, which is kind of a problem. However, the DC folks say that it'll
be opened up Real Soon Now. Also, there's only a Winders client, so I haven't
been able to try it out. But apparently the protocol is quite simple, and once
that gets published it should be relatively easy to port Yo!nk to Linux and Macs
and what not. Hell, Napster only has an official Win32 client, after all.
Anyways, give Yo!nk a try, and let me know what you think. Run the client, let
information run free, strike a blow for LIBERTY, and send yet another industry
exec to the ER with a cardiac infarction. And hey: tell 'em Pigdog Journal sent