This is part eulogy, part history and all so fucking sad.
I first found thehun.net in 1997, and was totally fascinated by the concept. Here was a yellow pages for porn that would serve you any perversion you desired. If you had a proclivity towards water sports,sissy’s, lactating woman, pregnant woman, skinny, fat or black, thehun.net was your portal. This was in the early wild days of the Internet where virus were a big concern and malware, Trojans and spyware were relatively unsophisticated and mostly cookie based.
I mean I know people who surfed The Hun in text on 9600 k modems. It was almost the universal porn portal. The Hun would preach sermons against illegal kiddie porn and users who were so cheap that they never paid for porn. When malware and porn became linked, The Hun was a safe portal who claimed to prevent the pages you visited from being retained in history, no cookies being set and your doing trackless browsing. He also claimed to ban all porn sites that engaged in illegal activity or planting malware on your machine. You were guaranteed to be safe with the Hun protecting your privacy while you played with your tally whacker.
The Hun developed a cult following as an expatriate hiding in the Netherlands where almost every sexual proclivity is legal. I mean the man was sacrificing his American citizenship to serve the needs of his American customers. When he had his first born child, he set up a kiddie fund and begged for donations so he could both raise his child and remain an ex-patriot.
I began to have my doubts about the Hun in 2000, but not enough to abandon the yellow pages or question his integrity. Seems the dot com area was exploding and I was a little late with my business site so I had to get big numbers if I was going to jump on the Venture Capital Game. The idea was unique, I wrote to the Hun for advertising rates because if I advertised a business to 3 million people over 3 days, some of those perverts would have to come up for air sooner or later and if my friends are any indication, an awful lot of business people are perverts. It was a unique way to reach a big market. Problem was there was like a 3 month backlog and it cost $800 per day.
Check that last number. There are 180 listings on a page, times 365 days a year at $800 that is equal to about $25 million a year. I began to see the Hun as a conman but nothing more sinister. I mean there were fairly obvious sextracker cookies set (which are no longer quite so obvious.) The second big hint that something was rotten in The Netherlands was when I started researching kiddie porn and tried to enlist the Hun to post a warning that all this crap was “born and hosted in the USA”. Now I’m not pissed that I never got a personal response, what pissed me off was the auto responder which said because of security reasons, I would have to send an email to another address and verify that I had really sent the first email. I did that and for the next 30 minutes, my security systems went wild as I was under attack from the server I had emailed.
I still occasionally surf thehun.net because it should have been a great product serving people with targeted needs. Unfortunately, I now treat it like any other cop site and avoid surfing any of the listings which say young, teen etc. because I just don’t need this crap in my computer memory.