Geert Lovink on Sat, 22 May 1999 19:49:46 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Cafe Ascii

Last night, Amsterdam celibrated the opening of the Squatters Internet
Cafe Ascii with a packed, exciting party. This fresh initiative is located
in a beautiful cornerhouse along one the canals, Herengracht 243a, behind
Dam Palace. It was squattered last January and looks pretty much like a
ruin, but one with history, dating back to the 17th century, a mysterious
facade with a statue on top of the entrance... The group collected some
386s and 486, got a cable modem leased line via A2000 (rather cheap these
days) and is still looking for more used hardware. Ascii mainly aims at
the (technophobic?) radical movements in the city, and will not only
provide public access but will also develop new content on the already
existing squat homepage and its own. Finally. After so many years, a
decade perhaps, there is a computer network group in this town, being part
of squatters movement, open to the general public, dedicated to passionate
tinkering, and most of all: free of charge! In the next weeks Ascii is
going to open on thursdays, fridays and saturdays, from 12-19 hours.


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