Sudden need to procrastinate leads me to ponder: what is the oldest Prince Edward Island-hosted Internet domain name, still in active use?
My first domain name registration, crafts-council.pe.ca for the PEI Crafts Council, was approved on June 26, 1993. But the Council switched to peicraftscouncil.com after I left the organization, and the original domain is no longer in use. So that doesn’t count. Kevin O’Brien registered farmctr.pe.ca for the Farm Centre (and the Fan2000 project) on May 6, 1993, but it’s gone too.
My first personal domain name registration, for digitalisland.com, was 11 years ago, on November 3, 1994. But that domain passed off to the mainland back in 1999, so it doesn’t count either.
The University of PEI’s upei.ca shows up as being registered on Oct. 24, 2000 in the WHOIS database, but I know its registration pre-dates that (and maybe all else?) because my email address in 1993 was email@example.com. A check of comp.mail.maps suggests its real registration date was Jan. 11, 1988, which I dare say makes it the oldest.
Of PEI Internet Service Providers, it’s surely isn.net that is the winner here: it was registered on January 6, 1995. All of ISN’s contemporaries — PEINet, Cycor, Auracom, et al — renamed themselves or moved off Island years ago.
Other early PEI domains that are still in use:
- hollandc.pe.ca (Dec. 10, 1991)
- gov.pe.ca (Jan. 15, 1995)
- dclchem.com (Feb. 4, 1995)
- city.summerside.pe.ca (Aug. 28, 1995)
- edu.pe.ca (April 24, 1996)
- piping.pe.ca (May 9, 1996)
- islandtel.pe.ca (May 9, 1996)
- athi.pe.ca (June 25, 1997)
- library.pe.ca (June 25, 1997)
- theguardian.pe.ca (Dec. 1, 1997)
- city.charlottetown.pe.ca (Sept. 8, 1997)
What have I missed?