Just happened across this thread this evening and brought a tear to this old gents eye.
When I joined the site was actually hosted on the infamous Mule
server, which as Michael partially recalls was a tower stuffed into a rack in the Prodigy DC in the ASX building. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the grey monstrosity in Brian's last photo, but it was similar and I vividly remember its green-backlit LCD that scrolled system information across it until its dying days.
When we outgrew Mule
Michael and I left it in the DC but without telling our boss at the time decided to repurpose it as an Unreal Tournament server. I remember many a hot summer night playing UT until 4am on FacingWorlds.
The retirement of Mule
saw the arrival of Fang
which actually is the machine Brian posted a picture of (labelled with Fang
). Many will look back fondly at a time that was almost comical in its ups and downs. It's a testament to the site and community that it still continued to grow in usage at a stupidly high rate with the box only up for a quarter of a day - with page loading times measured in tens of seconds no less! The machine needed reboots multiple times a day, and when it would crash during the evening peak it would have to wait until the next morning.Fang
eventually got a friend in Morpheus
(named after the UT level, actually) if my memory serves me correctly. Morpheus spent its days variously crashing under the weight of the database, and using up spare processor cycles on the Seti@Home
There's plenty more, but instead there's this gem:http://www.guitaraustralia.com/RPTheme.mp3
Thanks for the memories, guys. I'll never forget it.