Xanthia first came into existence in 1991 as a single machine sitting in a dormroom at Penn State University. It later evolved into service primarily for friends and acquaintences to have a reliable personal web and mail service. Basically, It allowed me a place to hone my skills with web and mail services, while allowing my friends to benefit from tricks that I had learned in the process.

Xanthia.Com's Internet presence consists of a collection of systems: Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC 5, UltraSPARC II, SPARCStation 10 and SPARCstation 5; an SGI Indigo II; some Intel systems running various Unix and Windows flavors and whatever miscellaneous hardware I can get my hands on to play with. Currently, the whole mess is connected via a 768Kbps bidirectional SDSL link. Most of the previously listed systems are sitting behind a firewall to guard against the as much of the Internet shennanigans as I can reasonably protect against. Typically, only about two systems are in a consistent production mode at a time. Typically, these two systems serve to allow a resilient DNS, SMTP and HTTP configuration in case one or the other dies.

If you are really interested, you can read up on a fuller account of Xanthia.Com's history.



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