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 08:47:01 -0400
From: David Farber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: IP: end of an era
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>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 08:37:36 -0400
>To: email@example.com (David Farber)
>From: Jean Armour Polly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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
>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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