*** History of the gopher now known as gopher.teply.info ***
When this gopher server first saw the light, we just were about to
finish with the year 1998. It started as some minor service on a
machine I used back then for some sort of home server: running a
local store'n'forward-style proxy for both mail and news which I
pulled from a local bbs at night.
Actually, I don't remember what kind of hardware it ran on, probably
it was some old 486 or the like, running Linux. It also served as
local DNS server for my network (imagine a room of about 20 square
meters with a grand total of 11 Computers on, under and besides the
desk. But, that's another story to tell.
Initially, it responded to the name Ahorn (in english: maple, all my
computers were named for trees, in my native language: german).
Some time later (can't pinpoint it time-wise, but was probably somewhen
in 1999 or 2000), I upgraded that machine to a powerful Pentium 75
boasting the sheer amount of 128 Megs of RAM, an insanely huge harddisk
of 6.8 Gigs and a DAT streamer. I guess I also crammed in some optical
drives, probably one CD-Rom and a MO, but that could well have been at
a later time. It then got renamed to Eiche (oak). Well, actually it
wasn't renamed but the gopher service was moved to that machine along
with all the other services I ran locally. You'll get the picture
Later I also upgraded the network connection from ISDN to an ADSL
uplink, whose operators were naive enough to bandwith-limit it on
Ethernet level but included an modem capable of connecting directly to
an ATM network. Well, I tried that with some spare ATM hardware that
was thrown out at my local university, and bingo. That city-carrier
had installed DSL hardware running at 8MBit downstream/1.5MBit upstream
and for consumers shaped the traffic down to the advertised 1 MBit down/
256 kBit up (still 30% more down and 100% more up than Deutsche Telekom
offered at that time at a higher rate).
When I finished high school in 2001, that machine moved out of my parents
home with me and despite losing network connectivity, served me well for
nearly a year.
When I started studying at university in 2002, along with another move
that machine got replaced by a dual Pentium Pro Server running at 200MHz,
fuelled by 512 Megs of RAM, a large RAID5 array of six 18Gig harddisks
and a total of 4 Network devices: a DSL uplink again (unfortunately, the
tech guys seemed to have clued in as my ATM hack didn't work anymore),
two Fast Ethernet (100MBit) links on Twisted Pair cabling and a slower
Ethernet link on Coax (10MBit). It got then named Apfel (apple) due to
the countless stickers of Apple Computers on it's case. It was also the
first time this gopher server was accessible from the Internet as I
ran across dynamical DNS services. It was accessible at both
gopher.dnsalias.net as well as gopher.endoftheinternet.org.
Due to overvoltage on mains line (nearby hit by lightning), that machine
went into smoke mode in 2005. Ya know, electronics works with smoke. As
soon as the smoke get's out of the chips, they stop working. Even though
I had spare hardware, all data stored on that machine was lost. There's
a saying among sysadmins: There are two kinds of people: Those, who
learned about how important backups are, and those who will learn... ;-)
So I rebuilt the machine using another Pentium 75 and an 10 Gig harddisk
and reduced the network links to two: DSL uplink and local Ethernet.
New name was cherry (now in english).
During another move in december 2007, that machine went offline for
another long total of seven months as my phone company was too thick to
manage such a task as moving an account onto another line in another part
of the city. So, in April 2008 I rented an VServer where I restored
service under the new DNS name gopher.teply.info, my own domain. It still
lacks much of the information originally available and will probably not
get all of it back due to size restraints on that server.
As I finally got a working phone line at home, I set up another computer
serving my local network as firewall, dns+news proxy. That one again
offers part of its service to the public via its old DNS names:
gopher.dnsalias.net and gopher.endoftheinternet.org
In 2011, another move (now only virtual) became necessary, as I missed the
opportunity to retain the old dynamic hostnames this machine had when
no-ip.org changed its terms of service. The VServer got an additional hostname
nerd.endoftheinternet.org while the machine at home moved to gopher.sytes.net.
Last updated: 30. September 2012