The Cassandra Project Initiative
The Cassandra Project is an attempt by the Foxboro I/A user community to provide tools its users have developed to help administer and optimize their Foxboro I/A distributed control systems.
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The Cassandra Projectan Abbreviateda Briefan EpicHistory
"It all started when some PLC programmers tried to make me sit at the back of the bus." — David Johnson
New Beginnings: I
A Helping Hand
Growth and Change
In 1999 David went to work for Premier System Integrators and, as a result, did less and less with emails as the listserv picked up more and more of the traffic.
In a famous call to arms, while invoking Richard Stallman's name and the Free Software Foundation, David challenged the small I/A community to start a project to share our know-how in the form of scripts and utilities we all had in our toolkits to manage our respective I/A systems. The fledgling collaboration was grandly tagged with the name The Cassandra Project. Winston Jenks suggested the name after the mythical Cassandra of Greek mythology. She was right, but nobody would listen—like our Unix campaign.
Changing of the Guard: I
In February 2000, Duc Do shelled out 30 bucks to register the domain thecassandraproject.org. Warren Michelsen has been hosting the listserv-style mailing list foxboro@MDCCLXXVI.com on his webserver since 1997, so we talked him into hosting the Web site thecassandraproject.org.
At about the same time, Warren yielded the list admin baton to Duc Do due to the imminent retirement from his I/A day job.
A Change is in the Wind
In September 2001, the Foxboro list was moved to freelists.org to become firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Foxboro News & Comment" was dropped altogether, and the listserv continues today.
End of an Era
In June 2004, the Web site thecassandraproject.org was moved from Warren's server to a Linux box sitting outside Premier System Integrators, Inc. (Now Eosys) network and used its internet connection. Jeremy Milum is the de facto sysadmin for the Linux box. And we added this nifty new thing called a Wiki.
2004 - 2016
2004 - 2016
New Beginnings: II
The Cassandra Project was handed off to the new system administrator Me. Primary over Haul of site front end. First attempt at adding a forum.
-Info: Guidelines and standards set the standard for programming. Scripts and Tool Archive is a repository for custom scripts and programs created by other users. Other Resources and Links is a section dedicated to other useful links that may have the answer to your question or opportunities for learning.
-Events: There is a section I/A User Group Information. Here is the section dedicated to passing information to the I/A community on meetings and essential updates.
-Forum (WIP): Thread there with a community discussion board and a support board for users to ask for support from other members.
-SEUG Best Practices: The Southeast User Group Best Practices is a monthly presentation. That covers the following topics: interesting quirks, joint problems, and professional methodology. (No longer Monthly, on hold till further notice)
-FAQ: Wikipedia-style FAQ section. Which covers hardware, Software, 3rd party, and many more.
-CONTACT: If you have something to say or add to the site, don't hesitate to contact us. We have updated our notification system and will do our very best to get in contact with you. Sorry to anyone we missed in the past.
-Mailing list info: in wiki format Foxboro Mailing List An electronic discussion-style mailing list by the users for the users. Topics mostly revolve around the I/A product platform, but discussing other Foxboro products is also welcome and encouraged.