Northstar Computer Systems was founded by Eric Smith in 1991. While it was started as a custom developer of software for the PC, NCS began selling software and hardware as a reseller, including building custom PCs. In addition, NCS provided consulting services to users getting their first PCs and to some small businesses requiring custom solutions to business problems.
With the explosive growth of the Internet starting in 1995, NCS started providing web hosting and design services in 1996. We were one of the first companies to provide Windows-based web hosting, long before it was a mainstream offering. We provided both shared and dedicated hosting on custom-built servers. As the market changed and a race to the bottom began in terms of service and pricing, we sold our hosting operations to On-Ramp Indiana to focus exclusively on technology consulting and custom development.
Learning and Sharing Technology
The recent redesign of this site is to focus more on sharing project case studies and hosting technical articles. After more than 25 years since I graduated Purdue University, I've found that the best way to stay employable is to stay current in the latest technologies. Some technologies will last, others will disappear over time. However, if you don't stay current and have a way to learn quickly, you're going to get passed by.
Besides the how-to articles, I'm also going to be using the site as a virtual notebook covering technologies and software that I want to learn. As I learn them, I'll add how-to articles going through the process I followed.
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