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Founded by Encapsulate, Toast, and cj_.
The first server's were insub, gruntle, and evil, and were first linked on 06/20/01. The original name for the network was "WhoreNet", since it was full of dirty whores (hepkitten and Toast). This was soon changed to Idlenet for obvious reasons (an entire network just for one channel? How lame!). Soon hepkitten talked to Jej about linking his server (sfrh) to Idlenet and moving a certain uppity IRCchannel over from the blatant instability of EFnet.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, certain members of Idlenet hijacked CNN's closed caption feed and ported it to a specially written perlbot to stream into a moderated IRC channel for up-to-the-minute news. Somehow this got Slashdotted and before anyone knew it, Idlenet was flooded with news seekers. Some quick shuffling of connections had to be done (what with three of the servers being on DSL lines) and outside brought in popskull to help with the bandwidth issues. Eventually after a few weeks, things trickled off to a more manageable level, though several channels stayed around.
Idlenet is always looking to offer new, unique services. The CNN Feedbot is still around in case of national disaster or airplane building attacks. Perlgott cj_ set up an IRC-AIM gateway that allows instant messaging through AOL via IRC message commands.
Madcow is a bot that resides on irc at idlenet.org - #insub - Madcow knows all - sees all.
Madcow is love. ♥
If you want to rapidly annoy the residents of #insub, try asking madcow to look up some definitions. Recommending "madcow urban mdma" and "madcow urban townie" plz.
As of 9/21/05, Idlenet is dead. All servers are in the process of delinking.
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