ALCPress.org hosts projects and web pages that are non-profit efforts. There are a few areas where we focus:
- As an incubator for projects that involve Internet technology in some form and connect to the world around us.
- To preserve our history when it's in jeopardy of being lost.
- To get young people involved via mentorships and internships.
Our first effort at a significant non-profit project was called The Kid's Community that was to provide a safe Internet environment for children. The project achieved it's goal technologically, but failed to sufficiently interest the public at large. Later projects involved research and mapping. This is described on the Projects page.
Ed Sawicki founded the Accelerated Learning Center, Inc. in the 1980s as an educational publisher that also provided training. In the years that followed, the company took on projects that were not revenue generating but served the public good. This was formalized in 2018 with the establishment of ALCPress.org—a non-profit division.
One area that needed attention was websites that were lost as a result of the death or lost interest of their creators, or technological obsolescence. Here are a few examples:
- Don Kaiser
- Don Kaiser created numerous webpages related to his father's service in World War II. When his webmaster died and his domain name expired, his pages disappeared from the Internet. We rescued them and brought them up to date to be compatible with modern day devices. You can find his pages here on this site.
- Mayo General Hospital
- A site dedicated to the WWII Mayo General Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois was no longer under the control of its creator and many of its pages were used to display pornography. We rescued the text and photos from the site, and created a new site that we hosted on our server. Then we had to convince the original hosting company to take their pornograpic site down, which was no easy task. All is well now.
- Bahukutumbi Raman
- When Mr. Raman passed away in 2013, his website disappeared but could still be found on the Wayback Machine. We moved one of his important works, the Battle for Mischief Reef, to our server.
We're interested in hosting any sites containing historical information that could possibly become lost. We're also interested in updating historic websites that were created using now obsolete tools, like Microsoft FrontPage or WordPerfect, and no longer display properly on modern devices like tablets and phones. We will also act as a backup for those sites that wish to remain independent.