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Carnegie Mellon


The EServer was first founded in 1990 at Carnegie Mellon University.

  Baker Hall
  The EServer was founded at Carnegie Mellon
University, in Pittsburgh.
  Geoff Sauer, sitting in front of the EServer in Trailer 10
  This picture was taken by a black-and-white serial
[QuickCam]? attached to the server, circa 1995.
  EServer in Baker 245
  This picture was taken by an early digital camera
in the Baker 245 offices, 1998.

The EServer was originally created at Carnegie Mellon University, where its original members, graduate students in the CMU English Department, shared a single computer in a portable trailer (Trailer H, later named Trailer 10). At first we called it the English Server.

During the early days, before the [Mosaic]? web browser was released in 1993, we served files primarily via FTP, [Telnet]? and the Gopher. Prior to the Internet becoming widepread in 1995, the English Server was known by many (most?) Internet users worldwide. To this day we have on the wall a 1994 map of the Internet published by MacWorld? magazine that lists the English server as one of 500 important Internet sites.

In 1996, as the Web became more popular, we were moved indoors, to the upstairs faculty office suites in Baker Hall 245. We then upgraded the EServer to higher-end computing systems, adding RAID arrays and serveral types of server-side include. Until 1998 EServer hardware also hosted the CMU English Department website.

In 2000, we moved from Carnegie Mellon, and though our longtime members remember CMU fondly and return occasionally to visit, and despite the fact that some websites still link to us, calling us the Carnegie MellonEnglish Server, the EServer is now based at a new home.