@feonixrift we’ve become to accustom to continuous internet connection that it’s easy to forget just how powerful and resource thrifty asynchronous communication systems are.

Things like autonomous mesh networks become trivial to build when they only need to support asynchronous applications.

@requiem reminds me of the old days of store-and-forward BBS messaging networks.. Wildnet.. Fidonet.. etc. I was a tween marooned in American Siberia, but I could talk to kids in London on a volunteer-run network. Round trip time was around 5 days at that time (~1990). @feonixrift

@deutrino @feonixrift exactly.

I built a sneakernet version of this that let me send mail between my Apple II at home and my friends on a network of Apple II’s at the public high school.

One of these guys would run a floppy disc over when they came to my house for lunch that carried the messages to sync.

With the cheap tech we have now, I think we could easily cover continents this way, and perhaps further with shortwave, etc.

@requiem it's going to become important after any serious collapse.

@deutrino @feonixrift really the only thing I don’t have a turnkey answer for is some kind of addressing scheme that works w/o centralized name resolution. We use DNS and MX records for this now, and maybe we could keep using dns in an async-oriented network, but I don’t know how off the top of my head :)

@deutrino @requiem @feonixrift I remember when email could take as long to get there as "snail mail" over UUCP and FidoNet links that only dialed during off-peak hours.

Store-and-forward is also facilitated by the ephemeral nature of the messages. People are much more willing to hang onto others' messages when it's for a limited time.

Authenticated encryption also makes it possible to do this securely.

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