The History of CyberNexus
In 1996, CyberNexus started as a tiny ISP in Biddeford, Maine. Darren Ellis created CyberNexus in his living room, running a Linux PPP server and a 56k line to a provider, Great Works Internet, a bank of modems (ok, a bunch of modems piled on top of each other) offered connection speeds up to 28.8k… blazing! Actually it was as good as anything else at the time, and as reliable as Great Works Internet, which has gone on to be a premier supplier of network services in Maine. Darren ran a tight ship, but there was competition, and he saw the writing on the wall. He was also very clever, and so got Linux so fast!
The Next Step…
My employer at the time was looking for opportunity, and saw the Internet as a service to offer customers. He hired Darren, and we put up a POP with a T-1, 56K lines for some dedicated customers, and even some ISDN. I was expected to support Darren’s efforts, and be his backup. CyberNexus relocated to this site, and Darren’s dialup business ceased. I had moved out of Biddeford anyways, and didn’t need it to hang on AOL, Usenet, and IRC (back in the days before LiCe and all the nastiness that is now IRC).
But there was more..
I had bought a book called The Internet CD, by Vivian Neou. Interesting, the CD had several cool utilities that were still hard to download over a modem connection, but it had something really fascinating – a copy of Slackware Linux, I think 0.9. And it actually worked!
This was a revelation to me. I had tried a copy of Minix, which was pretty miserable, and I had run up a NFR copy of SCO Unix 4.2, which was daunting and pretty much unusable without an expert on hand. Linux w-o-r-k-e-d! I was hooked.
Change Comes Again…
Eventually, CyberNexus was caught up in the demise of our ISP business, and my employer turned this into a web hosting business. That wasn’t worth the trouble, and CyberNexus was of no interest to him, and he ‘gave’ it to me. For a long time, it just did e-mail, and was my practice pad for Linux.
I practiced. I screwed things up. Cyber got hacked a few times from 1999 on. No, it got pwned. We survived it.
The ‘we’ was myself and Curtis Maurand, of MaineLine Systems. Curtis took over for Darren, and did other things. He’s a Linux wiz, mySQL/Perl/PHP/Apache mechanic, a wizard making stuff work, and a good guy. He’s still located in Maine, poor guy… Just kidding mostly, Maine is a wonderful place to live. And his business, at www.xyonet.com, is alive and serving his clients.
But this changed a little when i moved to Arizona in 2005. Being that far away made me less useful than ever. And Curtis has been keeping some sites up at Xyonet, among them this one. I’m mostly responsible for my site, which includes forgetting some little thing that’s critical. Curtis is patient with me.
So here we are. I’m building it bit by bit. Stay tuned. This will be fun!
In His name!