It is tremendously moving, how wonderfully the Net reacts to the death of Sir Terry Pratchett who made such a huge impact not only to fantasy literature as such but to the way all things can be seen (maybe: should be seen).
One of the most eternal of initiatives is “GNU Terry Pratchett” (made it even to BBC Technology News) where GNU stands for:
- G: pass the message on
- N: do not log the message
- U: turn the message around at the end of the line and send it back
derived from Pratchett’s “Going Postal” where the murdered clacks operator John Dearheart is GNU-ed as of the conviction that “a man is not dead while his name is still spoken”.
The initiative suggests to add an “x-clacks-overhead” message to the http header of a site or web server. Simply spoken: Add a meta-tag to your http header – a variable which gets transmitted through the net within the site’s header information – unseen but there – eternally.
I added it to my sites.
If you wanna participate but avoid browsing the net for further explanation – here’s the shortcut:
- Multiple code snippets and links to plugins for introducing the x-clacks-overhead message (plain html, apache, nginx, wordpress, etc.): http://www.gnuterrypratchett.com/
- Plugin for Google Chrome to display an icon when a site has the overhead message set (easy to install directly from Chrome store): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clacks-overhead/lnndfmobdoobjfcalkmfojmanbeoegab
And there we go -> www.smile-IT.at (took me longer to write this post than to introduce the message 😉 – DEATH won’t have him!)