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  1. ## Loose History
  2. **Disclaimer**
  3. Every Redbrick member has their own personal history of the society, and
  4. together we have a collective personal history of events. The society
  5. independently has it\'s own history rooted in facts, developments,
  6. events. Whether we can accurately describe all these views of our
  7. beloved society in true glory (with warts & all, for better & worse)
  8. remains uncertain, and we each develop a view of the history the more we
  9. learn and the more involved we become. Given all this, here\'s a loose
  10. overview of things anyway. Maybe we can work with it. Add or change bits
  11. that you know about, if you can!
  12. **Beginnings**
  13. \"In October 1995 a group of friends got the ball rolling on the idea of
  14. a computer network in DCU, run by students for the students\". These
  15. immortal words have been on every society website since 1998, and still
  16. capture what redbrick essentially is (friends, vision, education,
  17. cooperation, proactivity). The first Redbrick machine was a personal
  18. computer of drjolt, dubbed \'Nurse\', named after a Therapy? Album. It
  19. was originally put on the network in the School of Computer
  20. Applications, hidden under a desk at the back of the LG01 computer lab,
  21. but first went online from under a desk in QG07 in the Business School
  22. (Computer Applications were unwilling to extend the temporary
  23. arrangements up to this point). This was early 1996 when Redbrick was
  24. switched on for the first time. Soon after, Redbrick was granted a
  25. \'subnet\' (136.206.15.X) from the wider college organisation, DCU
  26. Computer Services (CSD), giving the society more official status within
  27. the university.
  28. The first event took place in Fibbers (now Bacchus) of Parnell Street on
  29. October 17th, organised by some users in the chat room. The first event
  30. organised by the committee however, dubbed \"The First Fiddle\", took
  31. place in The Mean Fiddler, and also was the first Intersocs event. A
  32. more renowned event was held at Christmas however, the month after the
  33. First Fiddle, in the Jolly Beggarman pub (now Kitty Kiernans) on Collins
  34. Ave, just down the road from DCU. This event has become legendary for
  35. stories of thayl climbing & falling off a nearby phonebox, and further
  36. trouble at a house party later on where uninvited local ruffians
  37. (\"scumbags\") were dealt with by some of the society\'s more
  38. intimidating early members.
  39. Redbrick as a system for users consisted of a Bulletin Board System
  40. (BBS), which were popular at that early time of the Irish internet.
  41. These were systems that people could dial into from home, post messages
  42. to, chat, all in a purposely-designed program on a text based terminal.
  43. Redbrick\'s BBS had a popular chat room area and a strong newsgroup
  44. culture. Many famous discussions and posts took place, and the BBS
  45. system is remembered fondly as an easy to use central hub for society
  46. members to communicate.
  47. **Social Times**
  48. In 1996/1997 both the BBS and the social events started gaining
  49. notoriety, and the society grew gradually as a result. Justin Moran
  50. (cain) joined the BBS as a journalism student to write an article for An
  51. Tarbh which captures some of the spirit at the time. A popular part of
  52. the BBS was \"Redbrick House\" (developed by pooka), a custom style chat
  53. area in the style of a house, with different rooms. Every member joining
  54. the chat gained a certain \"level\" depending on how many hours they had
  55. spent, which gave a certain level of \'epic\'ness to the whole thing!
  56. Overall, there was a good social spirit to the society, which centered
  57. on the BBS and newsgroup, as well as the events of the time and even a
  58. \"table\" in the canteen that would regularly be be populated by
  59. Redbrick or STOCS people throughout the day.
  60. **Growth & Momentum**
  61. Early society growth, the spock tenure, membership cards, Alt Rag Ball,
  62. huge fresher events, dyed hair Redbrick was physically housed at this
  63. time, into the open CSD computer labs in the Henry Grattan building,
  64. housed in a single rack (spray painted black) which was dubbed \"The
  65. Monolith\".
  66. **DCU\'s Biggest Society**
  67. By this time, Redbrick had grown to over 1,000 members, officially
  68. becoming the biggest society in DCU. Powerful systems, powerful
  69. influence. Awards & accolades. Recognition.
  70. **Technical Prowess**
  71. Website/webgroup project, the network grows, clusters, IPv6,
  72. contributing to technical projects in Ireland like SAGE-IE and ILUG.
  73. **Female leads**
  74. Potential infights post-success, Kamili, Drusilla tenures, society
  75. happenings around this time? Later Angelkat\'s chairship, more
  76. infighting and the robby incident. Attol too.
  77. **Associate Culture**
  78. The first time the associate presence becomes sizeable, the effect on
  79. the society\'s dynamic
  80. **Settling in**
  81. Living in the Redbrick room, consolidating the network, Wavehunt,
  82. Techweek
  83. **Anniversary**
  84. Anniversary organisation, the event, the collage, the general spirit,
  85. associate meetups, the death of drjolt
  86. ## Topics
  87. ### Network
  88. The first system was a single computer (Nurse), an Intel 386 with 8 MB
  89. RAM and 800 MB of disk. A few months later this changed to 2 x 4.6 GB
  90. disks. \"Mother\" replaced this system a year later (Dec 1997).
  91. \"Enigma\" arrived a year after this (October 1998), running FreeBSD. Up
  92. to now the systems had been stored in CSD, Henry Grattan Building. A
  93. move of the systems took place in September 2000, to the Publications
  94. Office in the Hub. A desktop computer donated by CA was used as
  95. dax.redbrick for CTYI kids, set up in February 2001. A Sun E450 system
  96. (largest donation to a student society in DCU, from Sun Microsystems)
  97. arrived in April 2001 and went online as \"Prodigy\".
  98. Several years later, Redbrick was running on a Sun T2000 donated by
  99. colmmacc, and a pair of Dell Poweredge 2650s. A pair of encom disk heavy
  100. boxes were both during 2007, one to take over login, and increase users
  101. quotas, and one to finally replace enigma, running backups (although,
  102. the only original bit of enigma at that point was the case.). The year
  103. after, a pair of sun boxes (morpheus and daniel, named after dream from
  104. sandman) were bought, one to take over primary services, and one to
  105. allow users to play with VMs. A pair of dell poweredge thingies (that\'s
  106. a technical term) were also bought off adverts.ie to do localbackups
  107. (when not refusing to boot) and adminy stuff respectively.
  108. ### Education
  109. Helpdesk tutorials, Open labs, System Adminstrator & Webmaster tests,
  110. helpdesk webpages & wiki, student projects (CA class)
  111. \[ In progress page by kpodesta - due to be finished August 2006. Stick
  112. in whatever you want though! Word. \]
  113. [Category:Redbrick History](/Category:Redbrick_History "wikilink")