About Higher Intellect / preterhuman.net
Higher Intellect was first started on a Mac Performa 6320 with a text collection of 300mb obtained from a Hotline server called Fodder's Land in the late 90's. In mid 2001, the site preterhuman.net was made public both via WWW and Hotline protocols. We launched on a Compaq ProLiant 5500 with two 10gb hard disks. For the first four months, popularity surged and we formed an online community featuring a few key members who are still with us today including netfreak, Firestorm, Agent79, Orbital Binary, Ciricon, and necro2607.
We've had some issues with stability over the years involving the servers being hosted on several different ISPs in two different cities, added with random hardware failure along the way. We've also made quite a few enemies including the old Badmoon Hotline server and some renegade Christians. We are now located in a stable datacenter with rack space provided by Canhost, and network/hardware infrastructure provided by Altexxa Group.
A major turning point in the site's operation was a redesign of the core networking and infrastructure in 2012. The local servers used to host preterhuman.net were replaced and new technology adopted. We also created the Higher Intellect CDN which is a global set of mirrors which serve site content through our partner CloudFlare. This allows cached content to be served very fast, with any additional requests being served through a cluster of custom designed backend nodes maintained by Altexxa Group. After the CDN was successfully deployed, the necessity for this new infrastructure became clear as our traffic rankings surged and amount of monthly unique visitors surpassed 250,000.
It is our goal to continue building the archive indefinitely. The internet is constantly changing and many sites hosting valuable content seem to be disappearing. The preterhuman.net site has been operational since 2001 and will continue to remain open and free to the public.
Publicly available collections of information such as the preterhuman.net archive exist to encourage the learning of subjects not usually found in any official school curriculum. Though no recognition is given for the knowledge obtained from public archives, it provides valuable insight into some less known subjects as well as allows for the speed of knowledge intake to be set by the user. These types of archives exist for those who truly seek knowledge and higher education, and not for those who seek the framed certificate on the wall.