Internet Enthusiasts Immortalise Terry Pratchett in Web Headers

By Gary Cutlack on at

Modifications to HTTP headers are seeding an unseeable tech memorial to everyone's favourite fantasy author, with the message "GNU Terry Pratchett" being added to web server headers in memory of the late writer.

The idea copies the concept Pratchett introduced in his books, where a message was sent around communication lines as an aid to remember a passed relative. The passage in the book explained: "His name is in the code, in the wind in the rigging and the shutters. Haven't you ever heard the saying: 'A man's not dead while his name is still spoken'?"

If you have access to the complicated bits that go along with having a web presence outside of a sparsely updated Twitter feed and some dog photos on Facebook, everything you need to add your echo to the chorus can be found on the GNU Terry Pratchett site, with the change as simple as adding a line of code to the .htaccess file if you've got a server that runs on Apache.

Users have also contributed many other ways to send the message while using alternative web server hardware in the lengthy Reddit thread -- where user Frymaster first introduced the idea. [Reddit via Independent]