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About this Web Site

About The Origin  by Richard G. Harman

In the fall of 1997, we finally got the go ahead to set up a computer as a web page server for George Washington High School Alumni. The computer was provided without cost and was upgraded in the Spring of 2001. The details of the way this happened are a little complex. Ted Arthur donated a mother board, CPU and RAM. My son and I, in connection with a Boy Scout Explorer Post in Alexandria, and a couple other donations, came up with the case, power supply, floppy drive, hard disk, video driver board, disk controller board, etc.

Richard Jr. (then age 17) made a working computer from these parts. Then he installed the operating system software and the first set of web pages. The computer uses, on occasions when one is needed, a old junker of a monitor that the Alexandria City Public School System has laying around (until it finally dies) and a likewise old keyboard. The computer runs quite well, with no keyboard and no monitor. The computer reboots itself after power failures. The only time the monitor and keyboard are needed are when Richard Jr. or I have to go do something to the system. History has shown that we need to visit the server in person about every three years. Everything else is done through the internet. The Alexandria City Public School Management Information Systems provides the connection to an Internet Gateway. This really amounts to about a eight foot cable with modular plugs on both ends. The Spring 2001 upgrade involved both processor and hard disk capacity.

There is a link on the George Washington Middle School web page to our server. An agreement was made with the ACPS people that other city High School Alumni would be able to have pages on this server at a later date if desired. Hammond has built pages and anticipates improvements in the future. You are welcome to follow the links to their pages.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our site, that you will tell others about it, and that you will share your suggestions for improvement with us. Thank you for visiting.

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About Class Corner - Reunions, news and links to Class Pages

Items may be submitted to the GWAA newsletter editor for inclusion in the GWAA newsletter as space permits. Those items will be posted on the web page when accompanied by a statement granting authorization to post any private information, such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc., from each person whose private information is contained in the item. The information for the newsletter and the information for the web page need not be the identical. For example, an authorization could be given to publish a telephone number in the newsletter, but not on the web page. Announcements of Reunions will appear in the Reunion Section. Other News items and links to web pages of GW Classes on other web servers will appear in the News Section.

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Originally updated  June 26, 1998.   This page reloaded November 24, 2009

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