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‘First’ Pirate Bay Server on Permanent Display in Museum

Postby Hammer_Time » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:52 pm

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‘First’ Pirate Bay Server on Permanent Display in Computer Museum

The Pirate Bay is one of the best known file-sharing brands and in less than a decade the site has well-earned its place in computer history. The Computer Museum in Linköping has a section dedicated to 50 years of file-sharing and one of the top pieces is one of the first servers used by The Pirate Bay. According to the museum The Pirate Bay has become a contemporary historical phenomenon and the server signifies “a revolution that begun in a dark grey metal box under a bed.”

Founded in 2003, the Pirate Bay turns a decade old September this year. Since its humble beginnings the notorious site has come a long way.

Today The Pirate Bay is spreading a world of information to millions of people every day through a complex network of cloud based servers hosted across the world.

However, in the first two years the hardware setup was rather primitive. The site first came online in Mexico where Gottfrid Svartholm hosted the site on a server owned by the company he was working for at the time.

After a few months the site relocated to Sweden where more servers were added to keep up with the increase in traffic. One of these first servers has now been made available to the Computer Museum in Linköping where it’s now on permanent display.

The server in question is part of the “50 years of file-sharing” section and according to the museum it represents the cultural revolution that was started by the BitTorrent site.

 

Pirate Bay server on display (photo: Marcin de Kaminski)

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The server is displayed in its original computer case, but the museum replaced one of the sides with a see through panel so visitors can take a look at the inside. On the panel the museum writes the following:

“Stockholm, in the year of 2004. In the home of Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, at his parent’s place, this ordinary computer is running day and night. With a special software and a standard broadband connection this machine was the beginning for one of the most loved, hated and debated phenomena in modern time – the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.”

“In less than ten years The Pirate Bay has become a contemporary historical phenomenon, due to its distinguished position in the file-sharing debate. The discussions that have sprung from this simple computer server concerns serious subjects as freedom of speech, global democracy and of course the sole existence of copyright.”

“Support groups and political parties have gathered around the now well-known banner of The Pirate Bay. Together they stand in the center of a cultural revolution. A revolution that begun in a dark grey metal box under a bed.”

A Pirate Bay insider informed TorrentFreak that the contents of the computer case in question were initially hosted in the blue box pictured here. In the same photo are also the three other servers that were operational at the time, a laptop, tower case and the red server box.

So, in just a few years, the hardware moved from an old blue box to a prominent place at the Computer Museum.

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This is not the first time one of Pirate Bay’s servers has become “hosted” by a museum. Nearly four years ago Sweden’s National Museum of Science and Technology bought one of the server racks that were raided by the police in 2006.

Over the years The Pirate Bay has become less resource intensive. The site is no longer serving .torrent files and does not run a tracker either, greatly reducing hardware and bandwidth requirements.

Earlier this year they moved most of their service to the cloud, where they currently run on 17 virtual machines. This latest move greatly reduced Pirate Bay’s power consumption, but it’s also less nostalgic as none of these cloud servers could ever go on display.
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Re: ‘First’ Pirate Bay Server on Permanent Display in Museum

Postby Sauron_Daz » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:20 pm

I'm not sure how to react. Displaying a piece of hardware in a museum?
Of course it's what's behind this hardware that's on display here, but how many visitors of the museum understand that..
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Re: ‘First’ Pirate Bay Server on Permanent Display in Museum

Postby Hammer_Time » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:21 pm

It's a computer museum!

The Pirate Bay is one of the best known file-sharing brands and in less than a decade the site has well-earned its place in computer history. The Computer Museum in Linköping has a section dedicated to 50 years of file-sharing and one of the top pieces is one of the first servers used by The Pirate Bay. According to the museum The Pirate Bay has become a contemporary historical phenomenon and the server signifies “a revolution that begun in a dark grey metal box under a bed.”


It's the very first TPB server!! Historic and legendary...

btw here is a pic of Tim Berners-Lee' first web server ( he "invented" the internet as you know while working at Cern ) :

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"this machine is a server, do not power down!" :lol:

Berners-Lee worked as an independent contractor at CERN from June to December 1980. While there, he proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext, to facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers.[15] To demonstrate, he built a prototype system named ENQUIRE.[16]
After leaving CERN in late 1980, he went to work at John Poole's Image Computer Systems, Ltd, in Bournemouth, England.[17] He ran the company's technical side for three years.[18] The project he worked on was a real-time remote procedure call which gave him experience in computer networking.[17] In 1984, he returned to CERN as a fellow.[16]
In 1989, CERN was the largest Internet node in Europe, and Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext with the Internet: "I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and—ta-da!—the World Wide Web[19] ... Creating the web was really an act of desperation, because the situation without it was very difficult when I was working at CERN later. Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the Internet, multifont text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalising, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there as being possibly part of a larger imaginary documentation system.”[20]
Berners-Lee wrote his initial proposal in March 1989, and in 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau (with whom he shared the 1995 ACM Software System Award), produced a revision which was accepted by his manager, Mike Sendall.[21] He used similar ideas to those underlying the ENQUIRE system to create the World Wide Web, for which he designed and built the first Web browser. This also functioned as an editor (WorldWideWeb, running on the NeXTSTEP operating system), and the first Web server, CERN HTTPd (short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol daemon).


http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/Longer.html
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Re: ‘First’ Pirate Bay Server on Permanent Display in Museum

Postby Sauron_Daz » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:46 am

Such a recent invention..and the world would come to a stand still if stops working..
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