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Welcome to the Higher Intellect Vintage Wiki! We focus on vintage/retro computing subjects along with general knowledge related to the text archive. Most of our content is dated between 1980-2005 as we function more as an older information archive. The purpose of this site is to allow users to contribute their own written work, showcase documentation about the Internet of yesterday, provide information regarding digital libraries and more. Please see the available primary article categories below for an idea of what you'll find in our wiki, or check out the Vintage Computer Wiki page for in-depth sorting options. If you have any questions or comments, please contact admin[at]

Vintage Computing Areas[edit]

Silicon Graphics

Specs, guides, documentation and general information about SGI computers and the IRIX operating system.

Hotline Communications

Everything we could find about the Hotline protocol which was most popular in the late 1990s.

Apple Computer

Covers Apple/Macintosh systems and related topics from the 1990s and earlier.

General Computing

Covers all computing topics with a focus on vintage computing from the 1990s and earlier.


Articles and information about NeXT Computer hardware and the NeXTStep/OpenStep software.

Sun Microsystems

Covers hardware/software from Sun Microsystems, mostly SPARC era or earlier.


Various articles about 1990s and earlier Internet.


Articles about Microsoft, generally prior to 2000.


Articles related to Compaq hardware and software.


Articles about IBM hardware and software.


Articles specific to Amiga systems and software.


Articles related to Toshiba computer systems and components.

Wiki Categories[edit]

  • Digital libraries
    Category for articles discussing online digital libraries such as the Higher Intellect project.
  • People
    Information related to specific people such as biographies or interviews.
  • Essays
    Use this category to find user submitted essays. This category will include both user created submissions as well as content from other authors.
  • Hotline
    For all pages related to the Hotline Client/Server/Tracker software originally created by Hotline Communications.
  • Carracho
    For all pages related to the Carracho Client/Server/Tracker software for Macintosh.
  • KDX
    For all pages related to the KDX Client/Server/Tracker software originally created by Haxial.
  • SGI
    For manuals and various information about SGI (Silicon Graphics) hardware and software.
  • Government
    Any articles related to world governments. These will focus on pre-2000 era documents.
  • Telephony -- (BBS)
    Any topics related to telephony including cellular and general telcom.
  • Companies
    Wiki pages set up specifically for companies related to 80s and 90s computing.
  • Networking
    Articles related to physical network devices (routers, switches, hubs) or networking software technology.

Additional Sorting[edit]

What To Expect[edit]

The goal of the Higher Intellect wiki is to allow for user contributed materials to be published online and allowing for the original author to make changes as required. Certain materials may also qualify for inclusion into the main Higher Intellect archive at the request and permission of the original author. New pages must follow wiki formatting and linking rules as seen in the Mediawiki manual for Wikitext and Advanced editing.

There is no anonymous wiki editing permitted, and user accounts are only created should the request pass our validation checks. All wiki edits/uploads are subject to moderation pending review by an administrator (within 24 hours in most cases).

Terms Of Use[edit]

  • Submitted pages must not contain any obscene content.
  • Articles which are not the original work of the submitter should reference the original content location.
  • Vandalism/unauthorized page modification will result in a ban from this site.

Acceptable Use[edit]

  • Publishing works for multi-user collaboration.
  • Uploading public domain content.
  • Publishing archived content where the original website has been lost to time.
  • Linking to other articles offsite where the content directly benefits our wiki page.
  • Publishing unique content from members of the vintage computing community.