The Internet Gopher - Ok - so it is really a MeerKat The Gopher Hole The Internet Gopher - Ok - so it is really a MeerKat
Talking Food
Surfing Toolkit
The Gopher Hole - Home Page

Welcome to the Gopher Hole, home to my

  • Surfing Toolkit browsing software pages,
  • Talking Food communication pages, and my
  • Archive of articles I have written or collected on Internet and Food topics.
  • Click here to find out more about the Gopher and the background to the site.

Surfing Toolkit

This page has been frozen since I stopped my retirement work in 2004. It has some value now to see how the Internet world and the surfing public have changed.

As an Internet trainer and researcher, I try to keep up to date with software tools which make my job easier and more fun. This portion of the site covers bookmarks, web browsers, updated web pages, off-line browsing, searching and search engines, and a few other programs that I have come to rely on.

Return to Top

Talking Food

I have spent much of my life involved in food, and this part of the site contains information about some of the ways you can use the Internet to communicate about most aspects of food. I have included information on newsgroups, mailing lists, newsletters, bulletin boards, forums and chat rooms, with information about how to join and participate in them. I am also adding a section about books and conferences.

Return to Top

Archive of Internet and Food Articles

This part of the site contains articles I have written or selected about my two major interests, the Internet and Food. They include articles on bandwidth, Connecting to the Internet, and bookmarks, plus a poem, Strictly Germ Proof by Arthur Gutterman, and a spoof on Stayin' Alive by Carl Winter.

Return to Top

Why did I develop The Gopher Hole?

When I retired a couple of years ago, I found myself being asked by various people to use the Internet to help them find out about this or that, and I became the proverbial office "go-fer". At that time the best known search engine for the Internet, as opposed to the rapidly growing WWW, was the mascot of Minnesota, the Gopher. It was inevitable that I became the Internet Gopher.

When I was looking for an image for my new identity I found it hard to find what I wanted. Gophers are secretive and tend to live in the dark, a bit like the Internet. The advent of the WWW has brought light, sound, and movement, and I happened to see the BBC documentary about the life of a pack of meerkats. They also tunnel, but they live in more of a caring community and network together. Best of all they love light and sound, and they stand on their hind legs and search the horizon for useful information (usually about birds of prey). Far better suited to searching the new high speed, graphic environment of the web. So now you know why the Internet gopher looks more like a meerkat.

I love the idea of the Internet as an "infinite", poorly indexed, global library, slowly taking shape in what used to be the baby's bedroom of our house. Full of surprises. I spent over 30 years being paid to do research and solve problems, and now I have retired I can continue in my own time - finding information for people - keeping up with computer and internet technology - teaching myself to write web pages - learning computer languages again. The Internet culture is one of sharing, and so one part of this site is about the Surfing Toolkit which I am putting together as I do this. It is a summary of my experience with bookmarks, offline browsers, search engines .............

I have always networked throughout my career, and the Internet is the greatest present a networker could ever be given. I always stress, when helping people to understand the Internet, that it is a great way to link people together. My home is in the UK, but distance and location are suddenly less important. Time stands still. Early bird Europeans talking to insomniac East Coast Americans. Computers in Australia bouncing back replies in a minute or so. This might explain the second part of the site.

I have tried to pull together, and give back to the Food Industry and Culture that has supported my career, the communication resources I use to network and keep up to date with the things that interest me. Talking Food is a review of mailing lists, newsgroups, newsletters, and interactive web sites, which are concerned with all aspects of food, particularly the food industry. I hope this will help others to find ways to get what they want out of the Internet.

Finally, these pages are set up to convey information, not to astound you. I have done what I can to make them simple, fast loading, and easy to navigate. Some pages are long but virtually all text. This is the quickest way to navigate around a large collection of resources. There will doubtless be errors and omissions, but please feel free, or even obligated, to pass on resources or tools I have omitted or am unaware of, so that the collection can grow. The one certainty is that what I write today will be out of date by tomorrow, so don't expect the pages to remain the same.

Surfing Toolkit

Talking Food

Archive

Return to Top


This page and all its contents, © 2010, all rights reserved.

Roger Trobridge, The Internet Gopher, gopher@internet-gopher.com
.