5 Fun & Geeky Things You Can Do With the Telnet Client

It is 2014 and Telnet is not exactly the world's most popular protocol. Very few people know about it and you can say without being contradicted that this protocol is almost dead. However, there's a small but active community out there that is still using it for several reasons, including for having fun. We've done a bit of research and here are five fun things you can do with the Telnet Client in Windows:

NOTE: If you don't know how to install or use the Telnet Client in Windows, please read this tutorial: How to Install & Use the Telnet Client in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1.

1. Watch Star Wars Episode 4 – A New Hope, In ASCII

Yes, that's right! You can watch Star Wars!

Someone has recreated Star Wars in ASCII characters, and it's awesome. Unfortunately, the movie is not quite finished yet, and probably never will be. However, you will get about 20 minutes of great entertainment. In full text!

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In order to watch Star Wars Episode 4 – A New Hope, type o towel.blinkenlights.nl 23 in your Telnet Client.

2. Check The Weather Forecast

If you get bored of watching the weather forecast on TV or on some good looking app from your smartphone, you can always check it using Telnet. Weather Underground offers this free service since 1995 and it's still running.

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In order to check the weather forecast at Weather Underground, run o rainmaker.wunderground.com.

3. Play Chess

Do you really need a physical board or some fancy video game in order to play chess? If you don't, then a text-based chess game could be the thing for you. Anyway, chess is a mind game, right?

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To play chess at the Free Internet Chess Server, use the command: o freechess.org.

4. Talk To Eliza The AI Psychotherapist

Yeap, the future is here. Whenever, you want to talk to someone that will brighten your day, don't hesitate to talk to Eliza the AI Psychotherapist. Just don't trust her! 🙂

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To talk to Eliza, type o telehack.com and then eliza.

5. Find Good Excuses

Whenever you're in need for a great excuse and you just can't think of one, Telnet has your back. The Bastard Operator From Hell excuse server shares the right excuse every time. Even if it has nothing in common with your actual situation, telling one of these excuses to your boss will surely save your ***! 🙂

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To find the perfect excuse, run o towel.blinkenlights.nl 666 or o bofh.jeffballard.us 666.


If you try out any of our suggestions you will surely have a good laugh. If you try all of them, you will surely have a good day.

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