In the early 1990s, NandO
was one of the first Internet newspaper sites.
Nando was produced by the New Media division of The News & Observer
newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina
. In 1993 George Schlukbier
, a news librarian from McClatchy Newspapers
became the first New Media Director, hired by Frank Daniels III
, editor of the daily paper, to build this new division. The core developers for this effort to prove the Internet was a better partner for newspapers than AOL or Prodigy
, were Dave Livingston (nicknamed "Sleepy Squirrel"), Charles Hall, James Calloway, Alfred Filler, Fraser Van Asch, "Zonker" Harris, Mike Emmett and Schlukbier. This team built a GUI to the Internet using Major BBS
as a front end, extended to use traditional Internet applications such as Gopher, WAIS, Lynx and Telnet. With this ad-hoc system, Nando.net provided classified news and became a commercial Internet service provider
(ISP) in North Carolina
's Research Triangle
area, which encompasses Raleigh, Durham
, and Chapel Hill
In 1993 networking standards were not as pervasive as they are now. The newspaper publishing tools were based on proprietary networking cards and terminals used with a Tandem mini-computer. AppleTalk over coax cable was the way Macintoshs communicated. Windows 3.1 did not even have a network layer installed by default.
Into this mix came a Sun SPARC computer. Transferring data from the Tandem to the... Read More