The story of alchar.org
Our domain name may seem quite non-obvious, but there are very good reasons for
it being like that. First of all, the pronunciation is unusual for native
english speakers. The 'al' part is as in 'alchemist', the 'ch' as in 'Bach',
and 'ar' as in 'car'. Is that confusing enough? In summary, it's easy enough
if you are able to pronounce 'ch' like the scots, germans or flemish do.
The domain was registered in April 1997, as a realm to represent software
development projects, centered around a new object oriented programming
language. Possible names were vanhees.org (rather silly), caseyd.org (named
after the runtime environment for the language - equally silly), and alpc.org
(named after the project name for the as-yet unnamed language).
Yet another alternative actually made it. Alchar.org comes from an area Kris
designed for a mud. The area was never finished, but the name stuck with him
for various other things.
What is alchar.org?
The domain is hosted on a collection of (rather ancient) x86 based systems,
connected to the outside world with an SDSL link through
SpeakEasy.net. It is protected from
power outages by means of 2 UPS units (CyberPower 1000AVR and Belkin 1100VA).
We used to get those quite often, so some form of battery backup was important.
Of course, now that we installed UPS units, power outages hardly every happen.
Somehow, things like that always tend to happen.
If there is anything else you'd like to know about alchar.org, please
us. We're constantly striving to improve our web pages.
Last modified: Jan 28th, 2007