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I've been running the Fishmonger web site since October 3, 1994. That's well into the World Wide Web's life, but also well before it got really hot. I'm kinda proud of that.

Fishmonger began life as a couple of pages on my Macintosh IIci at work, which was running MacHTTP to serve them. As Fishmonger grew, I added more pages, and more software to help me with them. I finally got a new computer, and the Fishmonger web site moved with me to a new PowerMac 7100/80 running WebSTAR. The performance difference was striking, but that old IIci had handled the load, and been a good start.

It proved to me that a Unix box wasn't necessary, nor was expensive software or arcane knowledge. Setting up and running a web site wasn't easy, strictly speaking, but it could be easy enough that anyone could do it. Apple's Internet Server bundles have made that process even easier today, and my former employer standardized on that platform for their server, on my recommendation and enthusiastic participation.

Running one's own server isn't a luxury I have these days, because it pretty much requires a dedicated line to the Internet. I'm nuts, spending too much time and energy on this site, but I'm not that nuts, spending a lot of money just to have the line. Instead, I manage the site from afar, using a tool called Frontier. I have detailed notes on another page.

Anyway, here are some links to software that I used to run the old machine. Given a choice, Frontier would still be a big part of how I author and manage the site, but the below software would be how I would serve it up on the 'Net.

WebSTAR and the Mac OS

Netscape Now! Built with BBEdit Apple e.g. Scripted by Frontier!

The Old Fishmonger:

  • Was up continuously from 10/3/94 to 8/12/96.
  • Was a PowerMacintosh 7100/80 with 48 megs of RAM.
  • Was directly connected to the UC Berkeley campus network, which was directly connected to the Internet.
  • Was running the Macintosh OS version 7.5 ("System 7.5") with System 7.5 Update 2.0 and Open Transport 1.1.1b6.
  • Was running WebSTAR version 1.3.1.
  • Used the NetCloak acgi version 2.1b5 to do HTML macro expansions, custom messages, page counts, and other sundry tasks (it's awesome).
  • Used the Apple e.g. acgi version 1.0b12 as its search engine.
  • Used the MapServe acgi version 1.6 to serve the clickable graphics for browsers which do not support client-side imagemaps.
  • Most of Fishmonger's pages were originally Built with BBEdit and UserLand Frontier and the Frontier scripts for BBEdit.
  • For a few other pages, I used HTML Editor version 1.1.4.
  • Fishmonger usage statistics were compiled by ServerStat version 1.2.6.

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Little Fish This page last built using Frontier and a Macintosh by Michael A. Alderete on 10/18/97.

This is a dead web site. I have moved my web presence to several different sites:

Please visit me there instead. Thanks!
-- Michael, October 2000