The history of

Green Harbor

It all started back in the '70s when I was working for Bolt Beranek & Newman in Cambridge. I was a field service representative, installing nodes of what was at that time the Arpanet, and ultimately became today's Internet. The 'net became a big part of my life.

After I left BBN, I went to work for other companies that had Internet connections of one sort or another, so I was able to stay connected.

In 1993, I went to work for a company in Boston that had no Internet connection whatsoever. I felt badly disconnected, and needed to do something about it. Consumer Internet connections were rare and fairly expensive. Online services like Compuserve, Genie, Prodigy and newcomer America Online were self-contained and offered no connection to the Internet.

Keene's Pond

I built a DOS-based BBS in my basement with a couple of dial-in modems. It was no different than a thousand other online bulletin board services that were all the rage at that time, with the exception that I had a connection to the Internet. It was a simple dial-up connection to a provider in Wellesley.

This connection merely transferred email and Usenet news, but at this point the World Wide Web was still a curiosity populated with nerds and geeks.

The term "Information Superhighway" had just recently been coined, so I registered the domain (South Shore Information Superhighway).

Rexhame Beach

After a year of this, I discovered another provider, Xensei, in Quincy. Jeff Morris, owner of Xensei, convinced me to move my DOS BBS to his facility and convert it into a "real" UNIX server. This worked well. Great connectivity, and a server that had a lot of higher-level Internet applications.

Like a web server.

With a little spare time on my hands, I taught myself the basics of HTML website design. I also taught myself some rudimentary Photoshop. The next step was to find a subject for my web page.

Why not Marshfield?

So Marshfield's first website began as in 1996. The following year, I registered

The site contained a lot of photos that I'd been snapping around town, some basic town information (phone numbers, town hall department reps, etc.), a Restaurant Guide, and a little online bulletin board that I called the "Marshfield Forum".

In August of '06, I turned the forum over to Ian Dashner for several reasons. This has given me some extra time to do things that I've wanted to do for some time - such as redesign!!

Pat Traynor

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