|1996-May||A DECstation 3100 with 16 megs of RAM and two 100 meg hard drives,
a former campus computer cluster workstation (ccon-bh.bh.andrew.cmu.edu), is purchased used from Carnegie
Mellon University for $250 by Brighten Godfrey through Forest Godfrey, who was
then finishing his freshman year at CMU. The DECstation is named "BigW". It's
running a vintage installation of Ultrix.
|1997-Mar||BigW is hosted at Ripon High School as bigw.ngbert.org,
now with 24 megs of RAM and an additional 500 meg hard drive. Accouts are given
to friends and some RHS students.
|1997-Jun-02||At the instigation of Jake Timmons and Dan Williams, BigW.org
is purchased in the name of "The Big W Consortium" and assigned to the DECstation.
|1998-Jun||BigW.org switches to a Sun SPARC IPC with 12 megs of RAM and a
400 meg hard drive running Solaris 2.5.1. The box is hosted in Adrian Drury's dorm
at Carnegie Mellon University. The old DECstation is sold to Morgan Welk.
|1998-Aug||The IPC is upgraded to 36 megs of RAM and a 4 GB hard drive, now
hosted in Forest and Brighten's dorm at CMU.
|1999-Jan||A Sparc LX with 32 megs of RAM and the IPC's 4 GB hard drive
replaces the Sparc IPC.
|1999-May||During a brief period of downtime while the Sparc LX is moved between dorms at CMU,
BigW.org is hosted from a Mac IIci running MachTen under Mac OS at Ripon College.
|1999-May||BigW.org is switched back to the Sparc LX hosted once
again in Adrian Drury's dorm at CMU.
|1999-Aug||During downtime while the LX is moved, BigW.org is once again hosted
breifly on the Mac IIci at Ripon College.
|1999-Aug||BigW.org is switched back to the LX, now in Brighten's dorm
|2000-Jan||ophelia.bigw.org, alias www2.bigw.org, becomes BigW.org's secondary server
and the Commercial Division of the Big W Consortium. Ophelia.bigw.org is a
Sparc 5/170 with a 2 gig hard drive and
64 megs of RAM, hosted in Forest's house in Eagan, MN on a DSL line.
|2000-May-16||The LX sets its record uptime:
10:09am up 168 day(s), 1:12, 5 users, load average: 0.09, 0.05, 0.03
...and is taken down to be moved
to Minnesota. Ophelia.bigw.org temporarily becomes the primary BigW.org server.
|2000-Jun-01||The LX, now also in Eagan, replaces Ophelia as the primary
|2000 - 2002||BigW is hosted by a Sparc LX in Eagan during the summers, and a Sparc LX in Brighten's dorm at CMU during the school year. Both systems run NetBSD.
|2002-Mar-01||BigW has broken its
previous record uptime of 168 days, and continues to break the record as long
as it isn't rebooted.
1:46PM up 175 days, 21:04, 7 users, load averages: 0.41, 0.23, 0.18
Notice our load average is higher than in May 2000. That is because computers
get slower as they age.
|2002-May||Brighten graduates from CMU, and BigW is moved to Eagan, to remain there indefinately.
|2003-June-24||The good ol' Sparc LX keeps on running!
Tue Jun 24 03:45:46 CDT 2003
3:45AM up 405 days, 3:25, 7 users, load averages: 0.10, 0.15, 0.25
|2004-May-29||BigW is upgraded to a
PowerMac G3 300MHz with 256MB of RAM running MacOS 10.3. The old BigW on the SPARCstation LX continued to
run right up until the end and set the record for continuous uptime
without a reboot.
Sat May 29 22:44:06 CDT 2004
10:44PM up 745 days, 21:45, 2 users, load averages: 0.10, 0.09, 0.08
|2008-November-25||After 4 and a half years, the G3 dies. It is replaced with a Mac Mini
emergency purchased used from FirstTech computers in Minneapolis. The Mini is a 1.2GHz PowerPC G4 processor with 1GB of RAM.
It has roughly 200GB of hard drive space. By this point, the software was up to MacOS 10.3.9. It wasn't changed in this upgrade.
|2011-September-25||As spam processing becomes a bigger issue and the software becomes more
outdated, BigW is upgraded to a Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66GHz (dual core) with 1GB of RAM. It is running MacOS X Server 10.6.8.
This allows new services like Time Machine backups, Windows file system exports, and Webmail. It also updates to newer IMAP
servers, etc. The new machine has 2 Terabytes of disk space (1 for backup and 1 for primary).
|2013-November-10>||For the first time in its history, actual new hardware is purchased
for BigW. A Dell R210 II server with a 4-core/8-thread Intel Xeon 1280v2 3.4GHz processor and 8GB of RAM replaces the Mini.
The new machine is now running the vmWare ESXi hypervisor. The installation of OSX Server is moved over and turned into a
virtual machine with 6GB of RAM and 6 threads assigned to it. Additional VM's will be created in the future (including
personal VM's for any members who want one). A Linux shell login server is a likely first addition.