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About Chiefresidents.net - History

 

This website was created in 2000 initially as a personal website by Dr. Prashant V. Phatak PGY1, Internal Medicine with the creation of the "Peripheral Brain (see below) as the first page as a hobbyist experience in web hosting and page creation. Later, the site became the very popular residents\' page for the LLUMC Internal-Medicine Residency Program from 2000-2003. Late in 2002, the name was changed to Chiefresidents.net.  In 2010, the site was re-purposed to host an electronic vacation request system created by Dr. Phatak for the Internal Medicine Residency Program as well as a tool to track Backup Points.  This leave request system was discontinued after its final run in the 2015-2016 academic year.  A Sick resident notification system remains active since 2003-present

 

Content (CMS)

A message board at one time hosted schedules and backup information as well as CME events and other useful links. Initially powered by IkonBoard, has been replaced with a phpBB-powered system since about 2006-2016 when it was eventually phased out. For the frontend, Joomla CMS was installed 2013 (prior to this phpbb and custom web based frontends were used).

 

Server Hardware

The Server was originally powered by AMD Athlon based systems in 2000. The original home based server was a home-hosted on a AMD K6-2 350Mhz Based system running on a cable line. Later, KT7 based 1-1.2 GHz Athlon chip based systems were used (2005-2007). From February 2007 onward, managed hosting is used for reliability.  Email service running GNU/mailman free software running on a VirtualBox VM Ubuntu install on a home windows 8.1 machine (Asus i7-930 8GB Ram) continued until 2015. 

Web Server and OS

The original http/web server was powered by Omni-Httpd and later Windows IIS for a brief period. Reliability on windows was poor with frequent downtimes and outages. The web server was changed to Apache / Linux in February 2004, greatly improving reliability. Red Hat Fedora was installed in February 2004 and was in use until September 2004. Mandrake Linux-10 was in use from September 2004 till 2007. In Feb 2007, the switch was made to managed hosting (Linux/apache) to improve reliability (GoDaddy[2007-2009], 1&1[2009-2014] and now HostGator[2014-2016]) and 1&1 2016-present.

Email Server

The Email server was initially provided by various applications under windows and later Mecury/32 for Windows. In February 2004, Sendmail was used until October 2005. Since October 2005, PostFix has been in use. Mailing List support was initially provided by Mercury/32 under Windows. In February 2004, Majordomo was used until September 2004. Since September 2004 to 2016, GNU Mailman was utilized until 2016.  From 2016 onward managed hosting email lists are used. 

 

DNS

The main domain hosting was provided by Dyndns.org from August 2000 to February 2007. From 2007 onward managed hosting is used.

Website Versions

Version 1 - 2000-2001

Version 2 - 2002-2003

Version 3 - 2003-2007

Version 4 - 2007-2009

Version 5 - 2009-2013

Version 6- 2013-Present

 

Disclaimer and Terms of Use

 

The Peripheral Brain - the original page of chiefresidents.net (for a modern version check the pull down menu for links). 

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