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1995 Fools: Gift to Info-Mac Forces Close of SUMEX-AIM Macintosh Archive
From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Apr 6 01:56:45 EDT 1995 Article: 656 of comp.sys.mac.announce Path: bigblue.oit.unc.edu!concert!rutgers!oitnews.harvard.edu!das-news2.harvard.edu!news2.near.net!news.umass.edu!nic.umass.edu!titan.oit.umass.edu!not-for-mail From: email@example.com (Brian Reck) Newsgroups: comp.sys.mac.announce Subject: Gift to Info-Mac Forces Close of SUMEX-AIM Macintosh Archive Date: 1 Apr 1995 22:09:10 -0500 Organization: The Info-Mac Network Lines: 47 Approved: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: <3ll4gmINN89v@titan.oit.umass.edu> NNTP-Posting-Host: titan.oit.umass.edu Gift to Info-Mac Forces Close of SUMEX-AIM Macintosh Archive by Brian Reck, Assistant Director of the Info-Mac Network Office of Special Projects Boston, April 1 The Info-Mac Network, provider of the Info-Mac Archive and publisher of the Info-Mac Digest, announced today that its primary archive site, at sumex-aim.stanford.edu, will be permanently closed by the end of this month. The Info-Mac Moderators indicated that the cause of this closure has been precipitated by events that they originally thought would benefit the archive significantly. In mid-January of this year, America Online, a service provider often unfairly denounced by critics as a burden to the Internet, generously offered to donate a high-end Sun server to Info-Mac in return for help in establishing a local mirror of Info-Mac. The Moderators were thrilled at the opportunity to expand Info-Mac's services that the new server would provide. However, upon breaking the news to the system managers at Stanford University, current home site of the Info-Mac Network, the Moderators were informed that Stanford did not wish to assist in the installation and maintenance of the new server. Furthermore, the Stanford managers stated that they no longer wished to support Info-Mac, and asked the Moderators to make preparations to move the service elsewhere. Shocked and demoralized, the Moderators began a search for a new home site, fearing that no organization would step forward, given the significant network load that the primary server places on its host site. Miraculously, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Cambridge Mass., a rival science and engineering school of Stanford, offered to sponsor the Info-Mac Network, perceiving the opportunity to enhance both the quality of the service and its image as a provider of free services to the Internet community. The Info-Mac Moderators are now making plans to set up shop at MIT and have registered a new domain name for the service, Info-Mac.ORG. A variety of new services are planned, including a Web site, new support for mirror sites, and new versions of the Info-Mac Digest. The Moderators expect the current primary server at Stanford, sumex-aim.stanford.edu, to cease operation on behalf of the Info-Mac Network within one month, but, as a result of the dramatic upward turn of events, do not expect any interruption in service.