Mozilla Winning Slashdot Browser Poll

Thursday April 3rd, 2003

Benman writes: "Over at Slashdot there is a poll about what browser you use. Except that this time, Mozilla is beating IE by 25%!" Like all good polls, it has a 'telnet to port 80' option.

#14 port 80

by arvindn

Friday April 4th, 2003 9:00 AM

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The tcp port for http is 80. That means that when you browse your browser and the server are exchanging messages through port 80. If you are on a UNIX you can see all the protocols and the corresponding ports in the file /etc/services.

Telnet is a tool which allows you to connect to any port and type the protocol commands directly. Thus telneting to port 80 means that you essentially do all the work of the browser yourself, in your head. Quite a geeky thing to do.

If you want to try it out, do "telnet <> 80" and in the telnet prompt do "GET / HTTP/1.0" and hit enter twice. You should see the html for the page "<>"