Punaro.com History

Welcome to Punaro.com! This site is the internet presence of Derek and Amanda Punaro, two average people from Buffalo, NY. On this site you will find our musings on various topics, a bit about our interests and pasts, and other random things that we feel like sharing with the internet world. Our primary audience is our family and friends, and while we realize other people may stroll through our space from time to time, we make no apologies if there is more information on here than you care to read. 🙂

This site was born in 1995 during my freshman year in college, the result of a competition between my roommates and I. At that time the web was still relatively new and text-based browsers were still prevalent. Version 1 was largely experimental and a learning experience. Version 2 was my first “real” site, dubbed “Sp00f!’s Niche on the Web”. June 11, 1999, the Punaro.com domain was registered, and shortly followed by the launch of Version 3. This version went through a couple different banner and content changes (v3.0) (v3.2) but overall remained the same site.

Version 4 launched February 23, 2004. After getting married in 2003 and trying to shoehorn some space for my wife into the old version, it was obvious it was time for an overhaul.

The current version (5 for those keeping count) was launched December 31, 2005 and took Punaro.com into a new direction. I’ve abandoned the hand-coded HTML and server-side includes that I’ve been using for the first 10 years of this site’s life in favor of keeping up with current technology. This version of the site is built off the WordPress blogging engine, making it the first database-driven incarnation.

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome! Drop me an email anytime at derek@punaro.com.

6 thoughts on “Punaro.com History”

  1. […] At the moment most of the old content has been ported over to the new site. There are updates to many of the pages listed in the navigation box on the right, including (of course) the History page. The static pages on this site will have a decidedly different feel to them than they did on the old site, but they definitely are easier for Amanda and I to maintain. […]

  2. […] The web really got it’s feet in the mid 90s, when I had just started college. You had to dial into your special “PPP” connection, fire up the old Winsock client, and use the first of the Netscape browsers to see the birth of the graphical web – complete with spinning email graphics, divider lines spanning all themes, and more horribly unreadable color combinations than you could imagine. If you’ve read the Punaro.com History you’ll know that this site was born in that era. […]

  3. It’s interesting to find out there are more Punaro’s running around the U.S., Mexico and elsewhere that I ever imagined. I thought our name was rather unique.

    My folks came from Viggiano, Italy, and settled in California.

    You must be something of a distant cousin. Nice to know another Punaro.

    Maybe one day, our namesakes will have a great get together somewhere so we can kind of say hello.

  4. My Punaros are also from Viggiano. My grandmother is Clara Punaro she married Tony Tantillo. My dad is Tommy Tantillo. I want to say my grandmother is also related to a Arnold Punaro.

  5. Just stubled across your interesting blog. My maiden name is Janine Punaro and I live in Melbourne, Australia. My dad is Vincenzo Punaro , born to Maria Delia and Gaetano Punaro (1910 – 1995) in Viggiano Italy, so we must also be related somehow. I know that Gaetano’s parents were Prospero Punaro and Maria Nigro, but am not sure which branch of the Punaro family migrated to the states and how they fit in.

  6. Cool. My family is also from Italy. But I really came here because Ariella’s my best friend.

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