BiStar is Back!

BiStar is probably the oldest commercial domain on the Internet, it is about 14 years old now. At one time, BiStar was a hosting network with many different web sites being hosted at BiStar. I set the network up from scratch. At the time, there was only one other commercial network on the Internet in Hong Kong. All the others were gopher sites belong to the government and education domains.

When people would ask me what I did for a living, I would tell them, “I own an Internet network.” Invariably, they would respond, “What’s an Internet network?” Fortunately, I no longer have to explain.

I kept so busy building the BiStar network that I had little time for anything else, such as a normal life. That was put on hold until the network matured. You see there were very few programs and hardware for setting up networks when I started. I often had to write all my own programs and even built some of the electronics I needed. Now, such resources are ubiquitous making it much easier now.

After many years, all the hard work was behind me. It was time, I decided, to get on with a normal life. With that I finally proposed to a woman I had known for 10 years. She had been put on hold too, and was very patient with me.

We were engaged for about 14 hours when she suddenly died. This had a devastating effect on me, and since I was the owner and only one working on the network it suffered as well, and nearly died. It has been dormant for years, and is no longer a network. Now, it is just a site hosted on somebody else’s network.

After a long period of mourning and recovery, I believe I am ready to start over.

BiStar must not die!

Wisdom of Buddha

I started with a dream, the thought of people prospering on a global network of computers. That dream is still alive and very much the same as was many years ago when BiStar was still a hosting network.

My mission remains unchanged, I may have been wounded but remain focused. BiStar’s former place in history has not been entirely lost. A web page I modified way back in January 24, 1997 has survived as an archive.

Last Modified: January 24, 1997 by David Huett

Excerpt from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine about Ten Years Ago

Internet Archives, the Wayback Machine


What is this domain’s purpose?

I built this domain, bistar.com, because of my fascination with the evolving Internet. As for its purpose, I’ll leave most of that up to the people who wish to participate.

When I announced that I was building the domain, a few people contributed Web sites about themselves and businesses. That’s one purpose. However, the Internet is by it’s nature interactive, although not always by design from what I’ve seen on many other domains. Still, I hear much about how the Internet brings interaction between the participants to new heights. That’s the aspect I wish to explore most.

The Internet allows people to communicate in ways unprecedented by other forms of electronic communication. At the same time, it demands that people learn new skills to supplement the old skills so as to use this new form of communication effectively. People must learn how to use HTML, FTP, gopher, telnet, E-mail, and other forms of people/computer interaction.


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– David Huett

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