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To: Mark J Bradakis <> definitions=2020-04-11_04:2020-04-09, 2020-04-11 signatures=0 malwarescore=0 phishscore=0 bulkscore=0 spamscore=0 clxscore=1011 mlxscore=0 mlxlogscore=999 adultscore=0 classifier=spam adjust=0 reason=mlx scancount=1 engine=8.0.1-2002250000 definitions=main-2004110127
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Birthday
From: Pat Horne via Shop-talk <>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2020 08:23:29 -0500
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Happy birthday!

Thanks for the history lesson on our beloved team net. Iâ??ve been on since mid 
to late 90â??s and donâ??t know where Iâ??d be without it. Thanks for all your 

Donâ??t give 66 a second thought, itâ??s just a number. Iâ??m coming up on 73 
in July and am rebuilding my shop after a fire. I could have just bulldozed it 
but then what would I do with my time?

Thanks for everything. 


Pat Horne 
We support Habitat for Humanity

> On Apr 11, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Mark J Bradakis via Shop-talk 
> <> wrote:

April 11th.  As many of you know, the domain was officially 
registered on April 11, 1991, by the late Bill Caloccia.  I have been managing 
the mailing lists on since then, actually for a while before 
that.  I took over  from Jim Muller, who took over from Dale Cook, and I wish I 
had archives of those first few years.  Actually I may have some in my office, 
on 1/4 inch tape cassettes.  Every now and then I consider trying to revive 
some of the old HP-UX boxes I have to see if I can still read any of those 
tapes.  Maybe someday.

Anyway, in the beginning I was routing everything through the servers at the 
University of Utah Computer Science Department, where I was employed.  When my 
fellow sys admins started noticing just how much network traffic there was on a 
certain box, my boss strongly suggested I make other arrangements.  So I went 
about getting a network connection at home.  Back then, it was not that easy, 
or cheap.  And as I recall, the first dedicated Team Net server was an HP box 
with one of the first 100+ megahertz CPUs, and even with a deal through HP, who 
worked closely with the U in those days the system set me back about $2,500.  
Hardware has improved since then.  And that money didn't all come out of my 
pocket, I initiated a fund drive among the list members and got a great 
response.  Back then it was all checks in the mail, and I mailed a thank you 
postcard to every contributor, or at least most of them, no doubt I missed a 
few.  And for some time there was an annual fund drive to cover the rather high 
cost of having sufficient bandwidth from my house.

So here it is 29 and just everybody has fast network available to them.   I 
dropped the fund drives some years back, though folks do continue to contribute 
to the cause.  Now a few clicks in Paypal can take care of it, though some 
still prefer to send checks. Yep, things are different now.  And with the 
Covid-19 pandemic, a LOT different.  But the Team Net mailing lists are still 
chugging along, providing those spending more time at home a bit of 
distraction, entertainment or education as we keep our beloved vehicles rolling 
along the roads.

I plan to keep it going as long as I can, who knows how many years I have left. 
 April 11th is also my birthday, 66 this year, and I certainly won't live 
forever.  And I fear that when I die, Team Net will die.  Sigh.

But for now, enjoy and stay healthy.


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