Kluft.com

Where can you find Klufts?
Here are some visible places
Personal Web Sites
Bob Kluft Zandvoort, Netherlands
Ian Kluft San Jose, California, USA
Matthew Kluft Reno, Nevada, USA
Companies
Kluft Mattress, "The Royal Standard" Ontario, California, USA
Olympic Medalists
Carolina Kluft Heptathlon
Gold Medal
Aug 21, 2004
Sweden
Amateur Radio Operators
K5EJK Ernie Kluft Dallas, Texas, USA
KO6YQ Ian Kluft San Jose, California, USA
KE6JCQ John Kluft Susanville, California, USA
Movie Credits
Dave Kluft, movie producer credits Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Book Authors/Editors
Cornelis Kluft, PhD Netherlands
Richard P Kluft, MD USA
History of Kluft.com

2003 marked the 10th anniversary of kluft.com.

1993
Ian Kluft, a Silicon Valley software engineer, registered kluft.com to serve as his personal e-mail address. After using the Internet for 6 years (and UseNet for 9 years) it was obvious there were no other Klufts on the Net - the Net was still small enough that you could know that. But no one knew at the time that the general public was about to embrace the Internet. It had previously been the exclusive workplace of computer scientists and other technical users.

The initial nameservers for the domain were hosted at Amdahl Corporation in Sunnyvale, California, where Ian worked at the time. (Ian founded Amdahl's corporate web site in late 1993 and maintained it for its first two years.) At the time, Amdahl was a Fortune 500 company but later was acquired by Fujitsu, who discontinued the Amdahl name in 2002.

Though some web sites existed in 1993, the kluft.com domain was initially only configured to serve e-mail. At the time, the mail was delivered via UUCP over modems to Ian's Linux e-mail server at home.

1994
The kluft.com web site was established, hosted at Announcement Technologies (ATI) in San Jose. Originally it was just Ian's personal web site.
1995
As some other Klufts obtained Internet accounts, the first thing they looked for on the newly-established search engines was "Kluft", and they found kluft.com.

Primary domain name services for kluft.com were moved to ATI before Ian left Amdahl late in the year.

Ian decided to move his personal web site down one level from the top of the web site to a subdirectory on the same server. A Kluft Family Home Page index was placed on the top level of the web site.

1998
The kluft.com web site was moved to the Thunder.Net server, hosted at Wallis International's "GeekSpace" hosting site in Mountain View, California.
1999
The kluft.com web site had to be moved from GeekSpace at the end of 1999 before the building where they were located was expected to fall down on January 1, 2000. No, it wasn't a Y2K bug - that's just ironically when it was scheduled for demolition to build a new office park. :-) It led to a lot of Y2K jokes.
2000
The kluft.com web site and several other refugees of GeekSpace were hosted for a few months by Dave Zarzycki at his home in Cupertino.

The kluft.com web site was moved to the new Thunder.Net server located at InReach Internet in Stockton, California.

2001
Before the economic downturn, kluft.com had links to 3 web sites each in the USA and Netherlands.

The dot-com collapse affected many ISPs, closing and consolidating many. One by one, web links began to expire without providing any updates.

2002
The kluft.com web site was reorganized in December after everyone else allowed their web pages to expire.
2004
More links started to come again as the economy improved, more web sites were established and Carolina Kluft got lots of media attention for her Olympic Gold Medals.
2006
We've added our first link to a company named for a member of the Kluft family... Kluft Mattress. The business owner, Earl Kluft, is the third generation in a line of mattress makers.
2008
The kluft.com web site was moved along with its Thunder.Net hosting to Layer42 Networks in Santa Clara, California.
About the Kluft name

Over the course of running the web site, we have learned there are at least three unrelated origins of the name Kluft. (listed alphabetically)

  • There is a Dutch origin (Netherlands) where the word means the land side of a dike/levee. This is assumed to be where the original Dutch Klufts built their homes. (The Dutch were among the last in Europe to establish family names.)
  • There is a German origin where the word means a gap or steep rock face. This is assumed to be where the original German Klufts built their homes.
  • There is a Russian Jewish origin whose family name's spelling was changed to Kluft by a typographical error of immigration officials in the UK.
Some of the fun things of meeting over the Internet... Members of the Russian family, who knew the origin of their family name was basically a clerical error, were interested to meet others for whom the same name has a history. Some of us have met unrelated Klufts and become friends, as if family.
About the Kluft.com web site

Since 1993, kluft.com has been the personal domain of Ian Kluft of San Jose, California. From 1995 to 2002, there had been an attempt to put a "Kluft Family Home Page" index up on the highest level of the web site, with links offered free to anyone with the name Kluft. Since it's an uncommon name, there were never very many links listed, even at its height in 2000.

Unfortunately, as some Internet Service Providers went out of business (or were taken over by surviving ISPs) in 2001 and 2002, everyone else's links have gone out of date and no updates were provided. After receiving an increasing number of rude comments from readers about the out-of-date links in late 2002, the fact will now be emphasized that this index is a volunteer activity offered on one person's personal web site. Hopefully the added context will help people set their expectations of the site properly. Links continue to be available for anyone with the name Kluft who asks nicely.

Please contact webmaster@kluft.com to list your web page.

Maintained by Ian Kluft <ikluft@thunder.sbay.org>