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NOTE: The info below was pulled from the TORn News Archives. It is not likely to be at all comprehensive.

Server

October 18, 1999: TheOneRing.net moved to a new server that would allow the site to do 'some fun stuff which wasn't easy to accomplish before.' 1
October 28, 1999: One of TORn's harddrives failed and the site was down for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The server installed 10 days prior saved the site from a longer down time. TheOneRing was, at that time, running on a HP NetServer 5/166 LS2 with 192 MB of Ram, an AMI MegaRaid controller, 2 pentium 166 processors, and 6x4GB hard drives. It is currently running Debian Linux with a 2.2.10 kernel. 2
May 26, 2000: TORn switched to a new server which would speed up access to the site. 3
November 28, 2001: TORn sought volunteers with the hardware and bandwidth capabilities to hold clips for the feature, TORn Digital. 4
December 4, 2001: Increase in site traffic leading up to the release of the FOTR movie put a strain on TORn's servers. "Significant changes" were made that resulted in a "dramatic speed up." 5
December 23, 2001: The week prior was announced to have been the busiest week in TORn's 2.5 year history putting great strain on the site's server.6
May 18, 2002: TORn switched servers, replacing "the ailing one which has served (the site) so well for so many years" . 7 8 9
December 18, 2003: Fans writing into TORn with their Trilogy Tuesday reports nearly swamped the server. 10
March 1, 2004: When tickets for TORn's 2004 Oscar Party went on sale, all 1,200 tickets were sold out in 10 minutes and the server was "pretty much blown out." 11
March 3, 2004: TORn's server went down the night of its 2004 Oscar Party and one of the staffers at the party got it doing again. 12
October 15-19, 2007: TORn's suffered a catastrophic hardware failure. It came back online in a new incarnation using a WordPress platform. All content existing on the site up till the moment it crashed was archived on a subdomain as "Old TORn. 13
Mathom-house Wiki Article: TORn 2007 Server Crash
June 21-23, 2011: TORn's Home Page went down the evening of June 21, 2011 when powerful storms and tornado ripped through the Chicago area, cutting power to the city where the servers reside. 14 Service and the Home Page was restored early evening on June 23. 15

Technical Features

May 30, 1999: A different news update system was added which was hoped to be an improvement on the previous one. 16
June 8, 1999: A search engine was added. 17
January 5, 2000: Search and Archive sections were reworked to be more usable. Changes to the site made it more usable for those using text based browsers and the visually impaired. 18
March 16, 2000: Fan.TheOneRing.net got a daily news updater. 19

RSS and News Feeds

March 8, 2000: Frontpage news became available as a channel for people using my.netscape.com and a Sherlock site search plugin became available for Macintosh users. Software was also made available that would allow other websites to post TORn headlines that would automatically update as TORn updated. 20 21
May 9, 2000: Corvar offered more help to sites that wanted to include TORn's headlines on their site or portal with an RSS feed. 22
July 10, 2000: Software was created that would install TheOneRing.net news in certain web browsers's sidebar. 23

Technical Changes to TORn Sections

Message Boards
May 14, 1999: Added to the site were a message board that would be reset weekly (to keep issues up to date) and a poll with a weekly contest to pick the question. 24
June 14, 1999: New Message Board, previewed the day before, replaced the previous message board set up. 25
July 18, 1999: New forums listed as one of a few changes made over the weekend (no others are listed). 26
Barliman's
April 5, 2000: Special commands were created for use in Barliman's. 27
August 2, 2000: Hall of Fire homepage got a new pulldown menu for accessing past chat logs. 28
GreenBooks
January 29, 2000: Green Books section totally revamped with new design, new navigation, and search tools." 29 30
 

1 October 18, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: New Server

2 October 28, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Computer Geek Stuff

3 May 26, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: The New Server is coming.

4 November 28, 2001 ~ TORn News Article: TORN Digital: Chapter 2, Want To See It?

5 December 4, 2001 ~ TORn News Article: Insta-Poll and Server Speed

6 December 23, 2001 ~ TORn News Article: And the Server Survives…barely

7 May 18, 2002 ~ TORn News Article: TheOneRing.net Moves House

8 May 18, 2002 ~ TORn News Article: Welcome To The New Server!

9 May 18, 2002 ~ TORn News Article: The New Server (Detailed)

10 December 18, 2003 ~ TORn News Article Trilogy Tuesday Reports – Part One!

11 March 1, 2004 ~ Los Angeles Times News Article: Ringing endorsement

12 March 3, 2004 ~ TORn News Article: MrCere’s One Party Report

13 October 19, 2007 ~ TORn News Article: Welcome to the New TORn

14 Wikipedia Article: June 18–22, 2011 tornado outbreak

15 June 23, 2011 ~ TORn News Article: We’re Back! It’s all Saruman’s Fault

16 May 30, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: TheOneRing.net: Weekly Site Report

17 June 8, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Two New Additions

18 January 5, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Site updates

19 March 16, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Fan.TheOneRing.net Update

20 March 8, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: New Site Features

21 March 9, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Our news on your site, followup

22 May 9, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Our headlines on your site

23 July 10, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Mozilla Sidebar fun

24 May 14, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: TheOneRing.net Weekly Site Report

25 June 14, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: New Board, New Fan Art...and new ring!

26 July 18, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Weekly Site Report

27 April 5, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Wanna Boss Barliman Around?

28 August 2, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Hall of Fire Homepage Retooling

29 January 24, 2001 ~ TORn News Article: Coming Soon: A Wonderful New Green Books!

30 January 29, 2001 ~ TORn News Article: Awesome New Green Books goes LIVE!