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Closing Open Door: the end of an era

December 31, 2021.  Open Door Networks Inc., the company that in the last 27 years brought you

Mac-focused dial-up Internet, web page creations tools and easy web publishing, one of the first coffee shops on the Internet, sophisticated Mac server management tools, the Ashland Fiber Network, perhaps the first wireless Starbucks anywhere, Macintosh personal firewalls and other security tools, Internet Security for your Macintosh, AppleTalk-to-IP migration tools, a new way to experience the web, one of the first July 4 parade webcasts, an iPhone app on day one of the iPhone App Store, 100+ iPhone apps after that, an iPad app on day one of the iPad (the award-winning Art Authority for iPad), Art Authority K-12, a decade of college intern programs, Art Channel on day one of the Apple TV App Store, Art Authority LLC, Ranking Artists: an Internet-era Analysis1000Museums fine-art reproductions and much more

is open no longer. It is with pride in this history, but a touch of sadness too, that we announce its formal dissolution. Having sold its 1994-acquired domain name to a company now worth $1 billion, and transferred its apps and other assets to Art Authority LLC (the app that became a company), closing time has finally come to Open Door. Onwards… 


  1. Root Boy on January 1, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    WOW – yes, you were at the head of the line time after time!! Congratulations on all of your years of success and all of your years bringing happiness, convenience, and joy to so many people around the world!

  2. Michael Swan on January 2, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    A quarter century plus of Internet real estate has changed hands to a real estate company. Seems appropriate. Best of luck at moving to your well-established Art Authority address.

  3. John Kloetzel on January 3, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Alan, you have been an Apple/Mac evangelist — I remember you riding your bike to the edge of town in 2007 to help get us set up with an AFN account and, of course, email addresses for me and my wife. Thanks for your indomitable spirit, for the good of Ashland. ‘Ahead of the curve’ — I’ll second that.
    P.S. Very clever logo for your Art Authority, from a biologist.

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