About JumpJet.info


Folks, what you are looking at is an intentional anachronism... the way that many web sites looked and tendered 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. JumpJet is not a relic, but a conscious decision that reflects our values.

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 whatever content happened to catch our eclectic interest; and which even then rose far above just games and porn. Although some of us also owned Apple and Commodore personal computers, we chose the popular 360Kb DOS PC formatted disk as our standard interchange media.

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 becoming stagnant.

The name "JumpJet" was not the first Server name used, and it has no particular significance other than it was a DNS name that had not yet been taken, and that it sounded cool. The original intent was to use a free OpenNIC TLD, but because the IANA Root Servers still refuse to recognize OpenNIC TLDs, for pragmatic reasons an IANA TLD had to be rented. Dot-Info was chosen as we wanted to emphasize that JumpJet practiced the values of the original non-commercial collegial Internet, where "Non-fiction is humanities heritage, and free access to it is a Human Right"; rather than the materialistic cyber-carnival of barkers and rubes it has become.

Being non-commercial has unfortunately lately become a problem for persons seeking us using Google and similar Search Engines. In earlier times, this web site ranked fairly high on Search Engines such as AltaVista and Northern Light. However because of our refusal to include commercial advertising or privacy compromising tracking, search engines such as Google that encourage such shenanigans, began ranking us lower. Staying with a primarily text-based format that lacked Java Script, superfluous graphics, and shopping carts, later pushed us down still further. Finally, the decision to remain rooted in the look-n-feel of the 20th century, by refusing to rent a HTTPS certificate and sticking with pure HTML over HTTP (so that the web site can be rendered properly by ANY browser, and not just Google Chrome) has made us now virtually unlocatable through major Search Engines.

C'est La Vie. We remain proud that we have not compromised our values. Although our web site intentionally looks different, JumpJet is an up to date, properly maintained, fast loading, and constantly expanding oasis. Please tell others about us if you find this web site useful. Thank you.