Note: This is not the infobot guide; this is the general home page. The infobot guide is here.
What makes infobots different from a lycos or a set of bookmarks is that he learns by observing, and that you can query him in intuitive ways.
Internet Relay Chat is a set of programs and protocols, and a large user base. People get on and chat in near-real-time; rather than wait for your netnews replies, you can ask a question and get ignored or answered while you wait.
Url has been sitting on the EFNet channel #macintosh, where he's picked up quite a few factoids from the local community*.
Url, purl, and rurl are perl scripts that once ran under sirc. In fact, it would also run under MacPerl and my barebones port of MacSirc. However, I ended up writing a little irc front-end for it of my own because sirc would hang (rather than, say, crash gracefully).
Then, Url was born, to be an information bot.
Armed with husky front-end crap filters,
his task was to accumulate knowledge about where things are
on the World Wide Web. His basic goals have expanded a little to include
other information (such as Macintosh error codes, network suffixes, some
common acronyms, and so on), but he is still observing #macintosh and
learning from it.
As of October 8, 1997, the source for a version of url is
avalaible. The irc perl code is quite rank, and i won't
keep apologizing for it, but i want to get the source
released so things can begin to progress. If i wait for
everything to get polished, it will take forever.
Download the perl code. If you have a good url-in-action story or log, mail email@example.com
<oznoid> does anyone know where i can find the speech manager?
<url> i guess speech manager is at http://www.info.apple.com/apple.speech
[Zoem] sorry thought you were a bot
<BrV> url, where can i find macperl?
<url> i heard macperl was at ftp://ftp.share.com/pub/macperl/
<BrV> url, thanx !!
<Wowbagger> url is sentient now.
<Wowbagger> Dig it.
Looking a little into his brain...
<r0nz/#macintosh> hello <r0nz> anyone here using homer? <r0nz> or know where to get the manual?? <Invictus> the manual comes with it ronz <xyzzy_> url, tell r0nz where the homer manual is [ 883] xyzzy_ addressed me (1): tell r0nz where the homer manual is [ 884] inform: tell r0nz where the homer manual is <url> OK, xyzzy_, i did. >r0nz< the homer manual is at http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/HyperArchive/Archive/comm/info/homer-93-manual.hqx OR ftp://ftp.amug.org//pub/info-mac/comm/info/homer-93-manual.hqx <r0nz> all i got was the readme file...no manual <fosters> The Homer Manual is like 100 pages <r0nz> thankx :) [r0nz] getting it now...thanks for the link >r0nz< sure thing <xenophile> last night i went to another one of those 'web' parties
<oznoid> url, status? <url> Since Wed Sep 10 15:47:06 1997, there have been 9 modifications and 73 questions. I have been awake for 2 hours, 12 minutes, 15 seconds this session, and currently reference 36073 factoids.These come from observing the channel and from knowledge-base contributions; Eravau having contributed the vast bulk of early useful knowledge. Tris, sabi, doubting, FastDraw, mtreal, barry... to enumerate the contributors is to leave someone out.
Url sometimes logs the channel and gathers statistics from it. With the help of a few scripts, these statistics are available; we've got a list of nicknames on #macintosh ordered by emission rate, and the top 5,000 words during the sampling period on #macintosh.
These selfsame statistics have been
used to make stochastic models of the people who talk the most --
and to generate a list of net.contacts for
#macintosh regulars automatically.
Random #macintosh Stuff, most of which has been generated from Url's internals