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Plan the 15th year of ibiblio/sunsite

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October 31, 2007 will be the 15th anniversary of the first public demo of at Educom in Baltimore. Yes there was a server named sunsite in place as early as May 1992 but our big debut and announcement was in October.

As some of you will remember, that announcement coincided with the complete and literal frying of the campus internet connectivity and if not for Judd Knott’s quick thinking there would have been no demo at all.

After the pipes — steam and water — broke above the routers and boiled the damn things like plastic and silicon lobsters, Judd had our server and disks driven out the MCNC and reconfigured so the demo could go on.

Now we’re back with servers at MCNC…

I’m asking you to help us think of ways that we can celebrate those 15 years. Some of the ideas might be related to raising funds, some related to raising our profile internationally, some related to raising support, and some to raising a bit of anniversary hell even.

Please add to the 15 year wiki and/or send me your ideas or leave comments here.


  1. paul,

    when i reflect upon my own internet history, i can’t think of a time without sunsite – from all those mailing lists, to the web sites, to huge archives. question: do you have some kind of timeline i, and others, could use to get some kind of visual grasp over the 15 years? oh, and 15 years – congratulations.

  2. Paul

    2/13/2007 at 7:16 am

    Thanks, David. Yes we have a timeline of our first 10 years and a recent table of some significant measures of growth in the past 4 years. Integrating those and making them more visual is a great idea!

    Thanks for commenting and thanks for

  3. paul – awesome. i’m able to retrieve the second link you list but the first seems to be incorrect. can you post the full url for the timeline for the first 10 years?

  4. Paul

    2/13/2007 at 3:43 pm

    Fixed it above. Thanks. It’s

  5. hey, according to an old resume i was just digging through i was “Responsible for the development and maintenance of user interface and database support for the OIT Experimental BBS, a public access Internet provider” from sep 1990 to may 1991, after which i deserted to the enemy (Duke CS Dept).


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