About JumpJet.info


Folks, what you are looking at is an anachronism... the way that many web sites looked in the 20th century.

In the early days of the computer network known as the Internet, advertising and commercialism of a pecuniary nature was actually banned! In many ways, the restrictions were similar to what Amateur Radio operators must still abide by to this day {see: FCC CFR Title 47, Part 97.3(4)}. The reasons for this were similar also, in that the Internet was intended to be a platform for the academic interchange of ideas amongst cooperative peers. It was not supposed to be another form of television, where there is a strict hierarchy of forceful vendors and narcissistic consumers.

The seeds of JumpJet.info began in the 1980's as a Silicon Valley "sneaker net". In those days a group of us would pass around 5 1/4" floppy disks containing program, document, and media files of any content that happened to catch our interest. In 1992 one of the group members worked at Spear Technology, where he convinced the owner that they needed a Wildcat BBS using a dedicated telephone line, so that the techs and competent customers at their Domino Computer stores could get access to peripheral drivers and software updates more easily. Permission was later granted to our group to use a walled-off portion of this BBS for our own personal needs, and thus JumpJet (not yet called that) was born as an online entity. With the BBS, the group decided to "go public", and allowed anyone who knew of the phone number to access whatever was posted.

Excited by the online public dissemination experience, the group got involved in the Internet, and a decision was made to move away from the BBS world. The groups information was first posted on a NNTP (Newsgroup) server, then on an outstanding Gopher server, and finally on several separately managed and distinctly contented HTTP (Web) servers. JumpJet.info was created when it was decided to combine the separate web servers back together into one (the legacy of which can be seen by the wide diversity of "root" categories, and the different look-n-feel of the "Engaging Links" category). Consolidation was needed, as some webmasters no longer had enough time to devote, and their web sites were no longer being properly maintained.

The name "JumpJet" has no particular significance, other than it was a DNS name that had not yet been taken, and that it sounded cool. Dot-Info was chosen as we wanted to emphasize that JumpJet represented the old non-commercial collegial Internet, where "Non-fiction is humanities heritage, and free access to it is a Human Right"; rather than the commercialized cyber-carnival of barkers and rubes it has become. Even the look-n-feel remains rooted in the 20th century, with pure HTML over HTTP that can be read properly by ANY browser. You won't find Java Script, commercial advertisements, bloated graphics, privacy compromising tracking, shopping carts, or anything else that defines materialist modernistic web sites.