Inner Revolution BBS first originated as a dial up Bulletin Board System back in Escondido, California, just north of San Diego. The BBS was home to over 600 users of which 50 to 80 visitors called up every day. Before the Internet computer users shared email and played online games through numerous Bulletin Board Systems, and while there were many boards to choose from, IR remained popular because of its simplicity, its quality, and that there were no service charges.

Inner Revolution greeted visitors with this message:

We have always fought for change; out with the old ideas, in with the new. Always trying to better the world around us.

Now it is time to change ourselves. Look inside your soul and find who you really want to be.

And then make the change for a better person. Make the Inner Revolution come true in both your mind and soul.

iRev gracefully evolved from a single modem to multiple lines, from a stand-alone message system to one networked with hundreds of other bulletin boards, and finally moved onto the Internet in 1998. Many of the users stayed with IR through the growth and changes, and even now, decades later, the community still exists.

iRev currently hosts 20 friends and family who use iRev's services for their web sites. iRev at its most popular hosted over 400 websites ranging from online journals, political and religious commentary, comic strips, galleries of art, personal home pages, and professional web sites. It was common in iRev's busiest times in the 2000's to have several gigabytes of web traffic served to over 10,000 unique visitors each day, enduring under Slashdottings, Penny-Arcade wangings, and Reddit hugs.

For those who are into this sorta thing, here are iRev's specifications:

  • 4 Cores, 8 GB RAM, 350GB Storage
  • FreeBSD 13 Operating System
  • Virtualized in Proxmox host with
    • 32GB DDR3 RAM
    • 2x 500GB ZFS Mirrored SSD Array
    • Intel 4-Core i5 4570 3.2Ghz CPU
  • Distributed network support servers
  • Apache, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Python, Minecraft, Unifi, DNS
iRev has a strong community feeling which started many years ago and remains strong today. I've met an amazing and diverse bunch of people while running iRev, and I hope to meet many more as the community continues to grow. Thanks for your interest in this little server, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Additional servers are spread around the country as additional DNS name servers, shells, vhosts, and distributed uptime monitoring. iRev users are certainly welcome to inquire!