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Martin Burns

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Editor's Note: The browser archive, site, and all lists will be down until probably Friday, August 9 as they go through further configuration. But otherwise the move has been successful so far.

This weekend, we're moving's servers from Starkmedia in

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they've been hosted and maintained by Dan Cody since early 2001, to

their new home at
in Altavista, Virginia, courtesy of Ron Dorman.

We'll be flipping the switch at about 1700 hours GMT on Friday 2nd August, loading the

boxes into Matt Warden's car and he will drive them all the way south to Altavista.

We expect to have everything back up, tested and with DNS running normally shortly

before midnight GMT on Wednesday 7th.'s sincere thanks go to Dan for the dedicated time, effort and cost involved in

keeping our services up and running, and we wish him well.

Thanks also go to StarkMedia, Dan's employers, for their kindness and understanding in

allowing Dan the time and space to do so.

Hosting is no mean feat for anyone. As well as physically keeping the boxes

up and running, goes through about 140GB a month bandwidth. We're currently

looking for donations to cover the additional costs which Ron's company will

incur in hosting and also to make sure Matt isn't personally out of

pocket for a 1500+ mile round trip.

There's info on how you can help (and why) at

To keep those additional costs down, we're also very much looking for people who

can host a mirror of some or all of evolt's browser archive, currently running

through about 100GB a month.

It will be set up so that you can offer a monthly allocation of as much or as

little as you have going spare. Once it's used, your mirror will drop out of

the rotation, so you don't get any nasty surprises in your hosting bill.

If you're able to help, or you've got any questions, drop a note to

Martin Burns has been doing this stuff since Netscape 1.0 days. Starting with the communication ends that online media support, he moved back through design, HTML and server-side code. Then he got into running the whole show. These days he's working for these people as a Project Manager, and still thinks (nearly 6 years on) it's a hell of a lot better than working for a dot-com. In his Copious Free Time™, he helps out running a Cloth Nappies online store.

Amongst his favourite things is ZopeDrupal, which he uses to run his personal site. He's starting to (re)gain a sneaking regard for ECMAscript since the arrival of unobtrusive scripting.

He's been a member of since the very early days, a board member, a president, a writer and even contributed a modest amount of template code for the current site. Above all, he likes to do things because it knowingly chooses to do so, rather than randomly stumbling into them. He's also one of the boys and girls who beervolts in the UK, although the arrival of small children in his life have knocked the frequency for 6.

Most likely to ask: Why would a client pay you to do that?

Least likely to ask: Why isn't that navigation frame in Flash?

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