"A great disturbance in the force..."

  By special contributor KLU9 - Posted on 2017-02-13 22:58:41 UTC at http://OSNews.com

The news is that after 15 years the IMDb is closing down its message boards [http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38879674], but the story is their creation in the first place [https://www.beatworm.co.uk/blog/internet/imdb-boards-no-more]: a tale of Apache, mod_perl, PostgreSQL, C, and XEMacs, all served up on a BeOS bun in a Bristol-area cafeteria; of missed deadlines, missed opportunities and misplaced innocence given the scale of comments, comment spam and trolling up to that point. Brought to you by Colin M. Strickland [https://www.beatworm.co.uk/], a developer whose CV has long read "you can blame me for the message boards" (and yes, he does go by the initials cms [http://www.imdb.com/user/ur1488088/]).

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