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Cemetech is a community hub for technology professionals and enthusiasts as well as a hardware and software development group. The development aspect is headed by Kerm Martian, currently with nearly ten years of experience in the field. Cemetech focuses on hardware and software for mobile devices as well as web-based applications. Secondary projects for a variety of platforms including Windows and Linux are currently in progress. Among the passions of the members of the community are TI-BASIC and z80/m68k-assembly programming for Texas Instruments' graphing calculator line, web programming and design, and general graphics design. Registration is open to all; the forum moderators are always open to suggestions for new subfora.
Cemetech was started in 2000 by Kerm Martian as a prototype group to develop his inventions; it was briefly named CTech before the name Cemetech was chosen. In late 2000 Kerm began to program on Texas Instruments' graphing calculators. This site was originally hosted at http://cemetech.homestead.com. In late 2002 it moved to http://www.geocities.com/kerm_martian/, reachable through the Tokelau-based redirect site http://www.cemetech.tk (now expired). After the site was accidentally deleted, it was recreated at http://www.geocities.com/kermmartian/, still reachable through http://www.cemetech.tk. In July of 2004 a complex forum system was added via InvisionFree, with a member and username system; it was integrated into the Geocities site from here. In the fall of the same year, a new archive system written in Perl was deployed with statistics. Thanks to the efforts of member patl411, March 2005 saw Cemetech move to a better server at http://cemetech.designerz-core.com (no longer accessible). With CGI and PHP access, no ads, and more space and bandwidth than Cemetech previously boasted, this seemed to be the ideal host for Cemetech. The site could be found through the familiar http://www.cemetech.tk. When the site moved to Designerz-Core, the old Invisionfree forum was abandoned, so the forum was recreated with phpBB2.
In June of 2005, Cemetech purchased the domain http://www.cemetech.net, still the main domain for Cemetech. Designerz-Core became increasingly unstable and was eventually abandoned by its owner, so Cemetech followed suit in October of 2005, purchasing a $30/year hosting package from Jatol.com. Jatol providing ample features for Cemetech's rapidly growing needs, including additional databases, email addresses, scripting languages, and space/bandwidth. Jatol remained stable for close to two years, suddenly disappearing in September 2007 among suspicion that its owner either died of cancer or was forced to skip the country by debt. After a week of uncertainty whether data could be rescued, the site was resurrected on SurpassHosting, a host with a five-year positive track record, 200GB of space, and 2TB of monthly bandwidth. On May 30th, 2008, a new visual style was rolled out across Cemetech, and various tweaks were undertaken in the following two weeks to greatly improve functionality over the previous CemetechLite and Cemetech5. The culmination of about two years of work, Cemetech6 is an attempt to freshen Cemetech's look and make navigation more straightforward. Most recently we have acquired the http://cemete.ch domain for use as an in-house URL shortener.
Between 2008 and 2010, Cemetech has continued to grow and improve. Activity on the forums is growing towards levels not seen since before Jatol disappeared, some of the graphing calculator focus is returning without loss of the other technology, hardware, and coding aspects, and several long-term Cemetech projects like Doors CS 7.0 and CALCnet are either being completed or returning to active development.
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