What's This about Hugin?
Many people will know this system only as "linuxmafia.com", and wonder
what on Earth the raven picture and related text are about.
This machine's earlier incarnation came onto the Internet circa 1994
when I lived at 744 Harrison, San Francisco, Richard Couture's
building. At the time, Richard planned to name all of the Linux
workstations he was building for The CoffeeNet after Celtic gods.
Being contrarian, I thereupon decided to name mine after Norse
mythology: My server and BBS machines were Hugin and Munin (the names of
Odin's ravens), and my workstation was Ymir. So, my Web server became
known as "hugin.imat.com", since by default it enjoyed DNS nameservice
through Richard's personal domain for his long-time, general-purpose
business name, "Imagine That".
The problem was that nobody, but nobody, could ever seem to
remember "hugin.imat.com": The same people would ask me to remind them
of the name, month after month. Clearly, it was a complete failure as
a mnemonic device.
So, in 1997, Sam Ockman of Penguin Computing and his staff arranged to
buy me, as a gift, the "linuxmafia.com" domain name -- which is what I
now use as the primary name for this host on the Net. Thank you, Sam!
(It can also be addressed by its local name of
"uncle-enzo.linuxmafia.com", or by any of a number of aliases.)
The alternate, older name of "hugin.imat.com" remained valid for all
services until September, 2001, when Richard Couture discontinued
DNS nameservice for that name within his imat.com domain. However,
at my request (because I suspect people still try to use it) on
January 10, 2006, he reinstated it again — and it should work.
However: Please correct all references to "hugin.imat.com"
to say "linuxmafia.com", instead. Thank you.