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In the early 1990s, NandO or Nando.net was one of the first Internet newspaper sites.

Inception

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.

Technology

Networking

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...
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