>> To name three real uses I've made of [telnet] recently: [...]
> You might find netcat useful.  Not sure if/which distribution has it
> by default.

"Distribution"?  Are you assuming I run Linux?  (I don't, not on my own
machines.  The Pi 3 was for work.)

I have a netcat, one of my own writing.  It works reasonably well for
such things, yes.  However, it is not present everywhere; when there is
a netcat present, its command line requires learning - if I can even
find the documentation for it.  (And assuming there isn't an nc present
that is something completely different.)

Until I ran into that Raspbian, though, telnet had always (a) just been
there and (b) just worked with (c) the same command-line syntax.

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