Sector 0-0-1 was primarily a multimedia database. It had photos of all the main characters, starship diagrams, treknology and warp charts.

In addition, you could download computer icons, fonts and sounds from the site as well as dedication plaques and the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. So a little bit of everything, which was common for fansites of its time.

Notably, all the subsections had different designs, often LCARS-inspired. The characters section looked like an interface from the early motion pictures. The fonts section had a Cardassian look. The maps collection looked like a station from The Next Generation. All hand-coded, of course,

The earliest version of Sector 0-0-1 in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is from September 2001, but it’s broken. The August 2002 version works. By then, the site had switched from a black to a green background. It would remain virtually unchanged for the next six years.

The latest capture in the Wayback Machine is from May 2008, after which the site went dark.

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April 14, 2018

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I know we have reference material, such as chronologies, tech manuals, the Encyclopedia and of course the official site, but there’s still something about finding sites like these for the first time, as most had a sense of community about them.

I came across this page while googling randomly, and I can’t tell you what a kick I got to see that you wrote about my old Star Trek site! When I first made it in 1996, it was hosted at members.gnn.com/ncc2364 but then AOL bought GNN and the site moved to members.aol.com/ncc2364, which did get archived on the Way Back Machine. After eventually cancelling my AOL membership, I moved it to Geocities, and also mirrored it on startreksite.com. When Geocities vanished, so did my site. A lot of the materials came from the Star Trek Omnipedia CD-ROM, as well as the printed Encyclopedia, which I scanned. Fortunately, when Paramount came down on Star Trek sites for infringement, mine was never targeted, probably because I made it clear that they owned the materials and I never placed any ads nor try to make any money off of it. Some of the content, such as icons and fonts, came from other sources I had found online. My presentation of the content, using various interfaces paying homage to difference series and movies, was the only original part. Though I did embellish the map of the Alpha Quadrant, which wasn’t legible when I scanned it, by adding the locations of different worlds based on imaginative conjecture. AOL offered members 20 MB of web space, and I can’t tell you how long I had to wait for it all to upload on dialup. Though I had started by using programs like AOLPress, eventually I did learn HTML and coded manually. The Internet really was a different place back then, and, as Anthony mentioned, there was genuine excitement about being able to connect to a community of fans in cyberspace. Anyway, I am delighted that you took the time to write about my old site, which I thought only my friends and family knew anything about. Your site, but the way, is great. I really like both the content and the design.

You’re most welcome! Thank you for taking the time to write and giving us a little more background to the old site.

I’m trying to keep some of that spirit of the old online Star Trek fandom alive here with these entries. There’s a lot we’ve gained in the way the Internet has shaped up in the last 10-20 years, but, as you point out, we also lost something…

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