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Designed and developed systems for the Bradford Robotic Telescope
including creation of the Web interface to the telescope as well as
many network, system programs, database systems, ISDN PPP networking,
large scale user authentication system and autonomous house-keeping
and security systems (Perl, C, Assembler).
I started working with John Baruch on the Bradford Robotic
Telescope after finishing my Degree in 1992.
My first attempts at Internet control of the telescope were
in March 1993 when I started a gopher server. Interaction
with users via gopher was fairly limited and by early 1994
we'd completed switched over to using the World-Wide Web. Using
the Web for interaction in 1994 was frustrating and I created
many patches to NCSA httpd to deal with several security issues
I found and extra functionality such as large scale authentication.
It was hard to get browsers to work properly, and we had to rely
on users using Mozilla 0.6 as it was the only browser that was
able to POST to an authenticated area. At the end of 1994
we gained a lot of press interest and was featured in a segment on
the Australian show "Beyond 2000".
I left the University of Bradford (and my nearing-completion PhD) in
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Created: 01 Jan 1996