Milestones of innovation
1991-1992 | 1993-1994 | 1995-1996 | 1997-1998 | 1999-2000 | 2001-2002 | 2003-2004
The establishment in 1991
Aimpoint Research was founded. The company aimed to
provide training and programming services in professional English
and computer languages, including Fortran 77 and Cobol on UNIX®
machines; C and assembly language programming on VAX® and
PDP-11® and some other desktop computer applications and
solutions to small businesses in Borland C and Turbo Pascal.
The company also provided in-house technical training to local
companies as well as providing technology crash courses to fresh graduates.
Operating as a network of four research centers in Hong Kong, Aimpoint
also conducted research on inter-linked networks (now the Internet)
and was one of the few in 1991 to offer remote access services via
an 8-line 4800 baud modem pool and BBS services backed by 286AT®
and 386DX® servers. Aimpoint changed its name to Avantek Labs in 1992.
The Hongkong Network - Honnet
The project Honnet was launched in 1992, the same year Aimpoint incorporated
to form Honnet Investment Limited. The Honnet idea was borrowed from the word
bonnet and the then Harnet - the Hong Kong Academic and Research Network
operated by the three universities in Hong Kong. Honnet was a local BBS
framework designed on top of TELIX® and MINIX®
connected to the FIDONET© in Hong Kong to be the first commercial
version of Harnet and companies could then be able to transmit information via
Kermit-C and X/Y-download and get access to their own in-house data.