Send Matthew Email
A lot of these aren't all that frequently asked, but I want to tell you
the answers anyway.
Who wrote Autopilot?
Matthew Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org, author of the
original Web Wanderer.
What's a "Meta Question"?
Oh, I don't know.
Can you add my URL to autopilot?
Uh, sure, if I feel like it. Feel free to send me email, but I am
free to ignore requests. If you give me a compelling reason to include
it, I'll be less likely to ignore it.
What's a 'compelling reason'?
Oh, I don't know. Probably not money, but given enough, who knows.
Really though, try me. Compel away.
How many URLs are there in Autopilot?
There used to be more than 8001. Now there are much less, as the database was way way stale, and I'm fixing it.
Where did they all come from?
Secret. Ok, not really.
Do they all come up with equal probability?
Nope, but mostly. The Autopilot
Periodic Message occurs a lot more often than the other pages. All
the other pages occur with equal frequency, subject to the vagaries of
the random number generator.
Why are there so many MIT
Because I go to MIT and MIT is cool. :-)
Do you want to know about dead links?
I used to think I did, but I changed my mind.
How does Autopilot work?
It sends your client a Refresh directive in the HTTP header telling it to
come back for a different URL in 12 seconds. For more details, you
should get the book, or check out the Netscape site and find out about
Can I get the source code to Autopilot?
Yeah, sure. It's in the book, and it will
be available online soon.
Help! I downloaded the source but now it won't work!
Read the help on running autopilot
What language is Autopilot written in?
Perl, of course.
Will Autopilot work with my browser?
As far as I know, it works with Netscape >=1.1 and the AOL (aka "IWENG")
browser, and MSIE. If you know it works with any other browser, please, let me know
What does "vagaries" mean?
"Vagary" is a prevaricate meaning "an eccentric or
unpredictable manifestation, action or notion". It is most likely
derived from the Latin vagari which means to wander.
Is Autopilot really that complicated?
No, but it's still lots of fun.