Fwd: IP: end of an era

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Shiny new espresso machine, my ass

I am Ozymandias, King of Kings. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair


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>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 08:37:36 -0400
>To: farber@central.cis.upenn.edu (David Farber)
>From: Jean Armour Polly <mom@netmom.com>
>Subject: end of an era
>Dave, the coffee pot on the Net passes into oblivion, and gets sold as a 
>collectible on eBay...
>Monday August 13 10:31 PM ET
>Cult Coffee Pot Gets New Internet Owners
>By Michelle Green
>LONDON (Reuters) - After nearly a decade, the Internet's most famous 
>coffee pot has finally given up brewing to become a showpiece.
>Surfers trying to view the coffee pot, which gained cult status after 
>being displayed on the Web by students at England's Cambridge University, 
>now find a ``Sold'' sign propped in front of it.
>The now broken coffee pot was bought in an online auction for $4,771 by 
>news magazine Spiegel Online, according to the German Web site's editors. 
>It will occupy pride of place in the magazine's Hamburg offices and on its 
>Web site.
>The coffee pot was originally bought by computer students at Cambridge 10 
>years ago. They got so fed up finding it empty that they set up one of the 
>world's first webcams -- a small camera broadcasting pictures on the 
>Internet -- so they could check its status without leaving their desks.
>Word of the site, which showed nothing more than the coffee pot slowly 
>filling up, soon got out and surfers flocked to it in droves.
>Dan Gordon, a scientist at the university, said the site, which he 
>acknowledged was only marginally more exciting than watching paint dry, 
>had attracted more than two million viewers since 1993.
>``Once, some American tourists called into the tourist information center 
>(in Cambridge) and asked where (the coffee pot) was so they could visit 
>it,'' Gordon told Reuters.
>``They took lots of photos. It's not really very impressive though, it's 
>just a coffee pot.''
>Now the university's computer students are moving to a new laboratory and 
>the pot is being retired.
>``Time moves on and we want to buy a shiny new espresso machine,'' the 
>students wrote in their offering on auction site eBay.
>If Spiegel Online's staff were hoping for a fresh brew they may be 
>disappointed with their purchase.
>``We must warn you that the machine is broken possibly beyond repair. It 
>leaks water, and we've cut off the mains plug,'' the students wrote.
>The last picture of the coffee pot in its Cambridge University home can be 
>seen at www.cl.cam.ac.uk/coffee/coffee.html.

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