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    And now, for something completely different...

    (Please note that by following the instructions below, that you will not harm your computer in any way.)

    • Go to DOS prompt or "RUN"

    • Type telnet [Enter]

    • Type the letter o [Enter]

    • Type towel.blinkenlights.nl [Enter]

    Wait a few moments for everything to process, and enjoy the show.

    (This is safe for work.)

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    Telnet screen not accepting keystroke input.

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    Worked fine for me. Did they finally get it finished? Last time I saw it, they hadn't completed the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarongsong View Post
    Telnet screen not accepting keystroke input.
    I clicked Remote System. . . under Connect. Then added the address.

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    Thanks!
    ...and skipping:
    • Type the letter o [Enter]
    ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckerfan View Post
    Worked fine for me. Did they finally get it finished? Last time I saw it, they hadn't completed the whole thing.
    As far as I know, it is complete. I haven't gotten a chance to sit all the way through it, yet.

    I wonder if this will catch on as a new type of art.

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    From your comments, I'm guessing that this is the ASCII version of something
    from long ago and far, far away.

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    I'm waiting on the upgraded instructions pertinant to us Vista users...

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    What's a DOS prompt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    What's a DOS prompt?
    Windows DOS. Similar to Unix.

    It's the backbone of Microsoft programming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    What's a DOS prompt?
    [Geezer] Its what you used when computers were real computers, not these fancy dancy GUI things with your IMs, and internet, and YouTubes! [/Geezer]

    On XP, if you go to the "Start" button, select "Run" and type "CMD" (sans quotes), you'll get a window that pops up with a black background and white text. This is what's known as a "DOS prompt" or "Command box."

    In the early days of home computers, you had what was known as DOS, which stood for Disk Operating System, DOS for short. In order to do anything, you had to type in commands like C:\word to start a program. After Microsoft developed Windows, you would type c:\win, and start Windows, which operated somewhat similar to the way XP and Vista do now.

    When XP first came out, Microsoft ditched DOS completely, meaning that you weren't running DOS and Windows at the same time. The command prompt (or DOS box) was kept as a simple way to make changes to the OS without having to use the GUI. It comes in handy for checking things like your internet connection (by doing a "ping test"), and fixing things if something goes horribly wrong with your display settings.

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    Sorry for the question and thanks for the information. I'm the space-and-comics kind of nerd, not the programing kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckerfan View Post
    [Geezer] Its what you used when computers were real computers, not these fancy dancy GUI things with your IMs, and internet, and YouTubes! [/Geezer]
    To answer before it's asked...
    GUI (pronounced gooey) is Graphical User Interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugaliens View Post
    I'm waiting on the upgraded instructions pertinant to us Vista users...
    Here you go:

    Vista by default has Telnet turned off. To enable it, simply go to control panel, and then to "Programs," then "Programs and Features" On the left side, there should be a button that says "Turn Windows features on or off." Press it. In the subsequent menu, go down to "Telnet client." Check the box. Hit OK. Once it is done thinking, go to the start menu and type "cmd" in the start search box and hit enter. That should get you the dos prompt, which will now properly work with the directions above.

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    Sorry guys.

    I forgot that not everyone on earth uses the same OS and general configuration as everyone else.

    D'oh.

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    It's a bit like if I'd given the instructions to open a terminal window and type
    telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
    It's a bit like if I'd given the instructions to open a terminal window and type
    Then you would probably receive responses that all windows are terminal, with some reference to blue screen
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    Seemed straightforward to me, but only because I've used telnet extensively in the past.

    If I were on any other OS I'd just load up its telnet module or download a telnet program that runs on multiple platforms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_Roberts View Post
    As far as I know, it is complete. I haven't gotten a chance to sit all the way through it, yet.

    I wonder if this will catch on as a new type of art.
    What I saw went through the release of Leia from her cell, followed by To Be Continued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckerfan View Post
    [Geezer] Its what you used when computers were real computers, not these fancy dancy GUI things with your IMs, and internet, and YouTubes! [/Geezer]
    Real computers don't use DOS. At least, not in my world.

    Edit: telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl is still up? Nice. It hasn't been extended since I last saw it, I see. Too bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cjl View Post
    Here you go:

    Vista by default has Telnet turned off. To enable it, simply go to control panel, and then to "Programs," then "Programs and Features" On the left side, there should be a button that says "Turn Windows features on or off." Press it. In the subsequent menu, go down to "Telnet client." Check the box. Hit OK. Once it is done thinking, go to the start menu and type "cmd" in the start search box and hit enter. That should get you the dos prompt, which will now properly work with the directions above.
    Thanks!

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