How running websites has changed in the last two decades (for an Ars IT guru)

The Pit, a BBS door game. In this shot, Lee Hutchinson was attacking these guys. Or, maybe they’re attacking him.

Lee Hutchinson

I was a true nerd growing up in the 1980s—not in the hipster way but in the 10-pound-issue-of-Computer-Shopperunder-my-arm way (these things were seriously huge). I was thoroughly addicted to BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems) by the time I was 10. Maybe it’s no surprise I ended up as a technical director for a science and tech site.

In fact, I’d actually draw a direct line between the job of managing your own BBS (aka SysOping) to managing a modern Web infrastructure. And with everyone around Ars looking back given the site’s 20th anniversary, let’s make…


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