• Network Shuffle

    From Kevin Nunn@618:200/1 to All on Sat Jul 17 11:45:46 2021
    Hi,

    I made some "big" changes to my BBS(s) setup here at Razor's Domain.

    I had a Mystic BBS running on a Pi as my main bbs that was fun for
    awhile, but I got to the point that I never checked it, rarely read the
    echos and it just sat there tossing networks to my telegard point
    setup.

    So yesterday and today I went through the process of dropping several
    networks that really were not of much use to me and moved the networks
    I was keeping (Micronet, Fidonet, Retronet??) to the TG machine (where
    as before it was just a point).

    That seems to have gone smoothly and only took an hour or so.

    Speaking of Retronet, anyone on that network still have a connection?
    When I moved it to TG, I noticed I could not get a connect to Carlos's
    machine. And then I looked on the Mystic BBS and the last message I had
    in that network was Feb 2021. So I guess it's been down since then?
    That was one of the networks I wanted to keep because it did have some
    good traffic on it.

    BBSing is so much fun.....

    Kev

    --- Telegard/2/QWK v3.09.g2-sp4/mL
    * Origin: Razor's Domain/2 BBS (618:200/1)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to Kevin Nunn on Sat Jul 17 18:27:00 2021
    Kevin,

    BBSing is so much fun.....

    We're just gluttons for punishment. :P

    Daryl

    ... This years toast is better with this years bacon and eggs.
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    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
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  • From Tiny@618:500/33 to Kevin Nunn on Sun Jul 18 08:18:11 2021
    Kevin Nunn wrote to All <=-

    Speaking of Retronet, anyone on that network still have a connection?

    I get the bbs ads anyway which seems to be the main active echo.

    When I moved it to TG, I noticed I could not get a connect to Carlos's machine. And then I looked on the Mystic BBS and the last message I had
    in that network was Feb 2021. So I guess it's been down since then?

    He changed his binkd port to 24556, see if you can connect with that?

    That was one of the networks I wanted to keep because it did have some good traffic on it.

    It does on occasion get some traffic. Enough that I keep it as well.

    Shawn

    ... A good man dies when a boy goes wrong.

    --- Talisman v0.24-dev (Windows/x86)
    * Origin: Tiny's BBS II = tinysbbs.com:4323/ssh:4322 (618:500/33)
  • From Mike Powell@618:250/1 to KEVIN NUNN on Sun Jul 18 13:41:00 2021
    Speaking of Retronet, anyone on that network still have a connection?
    When I moved it to TG, I noticed I could not get a connect to Carlos's machine. And then I looked on the Mystic BBS and the last message I had
    in that network was Feb 2021. So I guess it's been down since then?
    That was one of the networks I wanted to keep because it did have some
    good traffic on it.

    I have a QWK connection with Tony Langdon and the network is still flowing here. It has been very quiet lately, though. Excluding the Ads echo, I
    have been averaging one new message a week across all the echos since
    Summer started. :( Seems people still check it though because posts
    usually get answers.

    Mike


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  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Mike Powell on Sun Jul 18 14:38:04 2021
    Mike Powell wrote to KEVIN NUNN <=-

    I have a QWK connection with Tony Langdon and the network is still
    flowing here. It has been very quiet lately, though. Excluding the
    Ads echo, I have been averaging one new message a week across all the echos since Summer started. :( Seems people still check it though because posts usually get answers.

    Micronet is more active than other nets over summer, I've noticed,
    though I'd say 70% of the network is inactive at any given time.
    There's plenty of sysops in here that I've seen a "test" message when
    they connect then nothing else save for an automated message or two.

    -- Sean


    ... One man's Windows are another man's walls.
    ___ MultiMail/Win v0.52

    --- Maximus/2 3.01
    * Origin: Outpost BBS // bbs.outpostbbs.net:10123 (618:618/10)
  • From Arelor@618:250/24 to Sean Dennis on Mon Jul 19 03:30:26 2021
    Re: Re: Network Shuffle
    By: Sean Dennis to Mike Powell on Sun Jul 18 2021 02:38 pm

    Mike Powell wrote to KEVIN NUNN <=-

    I have a QWK connection with Tony Langdon and the network is still flowing here. It has been very quiet lately, though. Excluding the Ads echo, I have been averaging one new message a week across all the echos since Summer started. :( Seems people still check it though because posts usually get answers.

    Micronet is more active than other nets over summer, I've noticed,
    though I'd say 70% of the network is inactive at any given time.
    There's plenty of sysops in here that I've seen a "test" message when
    they connect then nothing else save for an automated message or two.

    -- Sean


    ... One man's Windows are another man's walls.
    ___ MultiMail/Win v0.52

    There are probably lots of lurkers. It is like IRC. It looks like nobody is talking but if you bring an interesting subject up, a dozen people will dogpile on it.

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  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Arelor on Mon Jul 19 11:47:56 2021
    Hello Arelor,

    Monday July 19 2021 03:30, you wrote to me:

    There are probably lots of lurkers. It is like IRC. It looks like
    nobody is talking but if you bring an interesting subject up, a dozen people will dogpile on it.

    Yes but you'd think that they'd have something to say after spending years in the network with nary a peep.

    -- Sean

    ... Nobody can be as agreeable as an uninvited guest.
    --- GoldED/2 3.0.1
    * Origin: Outpost BBS // bbs.outpostbbs.net:10123 (618:618/10)
  • From August Abolins@618:250/1.9 to Sean Dennis on Mon Jul 19 19:30:00 2021
    Hello Sean Dennis!

    ** On Monday 19.07.21 - 11:47, Sean Dennis wrote to Arelor:

    There are probably lots of lurkers. It is like IRC. It
    looks like nobody is talking but if you bring an
    interesting subject up, a dozen people will dogpile on it.

    Yes but you'd think that they'd have something to say
    after spending years in the network with nary a peep.

    Wallflowers tend to remain wallflowers. Some people simply have
    a hard time jumping in and contribute to conversations in real
    life.



    --
    ../|ug

    --- OpenXP 5.0.50
    * Origin: (} Pointy McPointface (618:250/1.9)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to August Abolins on Tue Jul 20 08:25:00 2021
    August,

    Yes but you'd think that they'd have something to say
    after spending years in the network with nary a peep.

    Wallflowers tend to remain wallflowers. Some people simply have
    a hard time jumping in and contribute to conversations in real
    life.

    Basically, persistent lurkers. :P

    Daryl

    ... "Schizophrenia beats dining alone." -Unknown
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Tiny@618:500/33 to Sean Dennis on Mon Jul 19 05:34:05 2021
    Sean Dennis wrote to Mike Powell <=-

    Micronet is more active than other nets over summer, I've noticed,
    though I'd say 70% of the network is inactive at any given time.
    There's plenty of sysops in here that I've seen a "test" message when
    they connect then nothing else save for an automated message or two.

    I know why! Because Micronet has a bunch of us geeks in it who can't
    handle the high humidity of summer and stay inside. ;)

    We didn't go to the woods this weekend, it was raining (of course it
    ended up clearing) but we just took a weekend to stay at home in the
    a/c.

    Shawn

    ... Skating away on the thin ice of a new day...

    --- Talisman v0.24-dev (Windows/x86)
    * Origin: Tiny's BBS II = tinysbbs.com:4323/ssh:4322 (618:500/33)
  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Tiny on Tue Jul 20 16:33:09 2021
    Hello Tiny,

    Monday July 19 2021 05:34, you wrote to me:

    I know why! Because Micronet has a bunch of us geeks in it who can't handle the high humidity of summer and stay inside. ;)

    NNNNNEEEEEEERRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSS (to quote someone famous, LOL).

    We didn't go to the woods this weekend, it was raining (of course it
    ended up clearing) but we just took a weekend to stay at home in the
    a/c.

    It is pouring off and on the past few days and my arthritis has flared up. I am stiff as a board and it has been painful to move ... enough to where I have to walk with a cane in the apartment (rare I have to do that).

    -- Sean

    ... You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
    --- GoldED/2 3.0.1
    * Origin: Outpost BBS // bbs.outpostbbs.net:10123 (618:618/10)
  • From Ed Vance@618:250/1 to August Abolins on Tue Jul 20 19:55:00 2021
    07-19-21 19:30 August Abolins wrote to Sean Dennis about Network Shuffle
    Howdy! August, Sean and ALL,

    @MSGID: <60F60B1C.2110.min_bbsf@capitolcityonline.net>
    @REPLY: <60F59F6E.2109.min_bbsf@capitolcityonline.net>
    Hello Sean Dennis!

    ** On Monday 19.07.21 - 11:47, Sean Dennis wrote to Arelor:

    There are probably lots of lurkers. It is like IRC. It
    looks like nobody is talking but if you bring an
    interesting subject up, a dozen people will dogpile on it.

    Yes but you'd think that they'd have something to say
    after spending years in the network with nary a peep.

    Wallflowers tend to remain wallflowers. Some people simply have
    a hard time jumping in and contribute to conversations in real
    life.

    I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED, I AM a Lurker.

    In March 1984 I bought a Commodore 64 PC, C=1541 5-1/4" Floppy Disk
    Drive and 300 Baud VIC Modem.

    Later someone I met told me the phone number for a local BBS for the
    Commodore Computers and I began calling it.

    I had already been using some Amateur Radio BBS's and was glad to
    learn about the Dial-Up C= BBS because I needed to learn about
    "this here" computer stuff from other BBS Users, and hear about
    the things they experienced and to ask them questions about how
    to do things with my computer.

    My thoughts were a BBS was sorta like the Amateur Radio Club
    Meetings I attended back when I got my Novice License in 1958.
    I could talk with other Ham Operators there to learn enough about
    Radio stuff so to be able to know enough to pass the F.C.C. Test for
    a higher Class Operators License.

    In a Computer Store I picked up a FREE Newletter and saw a List of
    Dial-Up BBS's and called one of them that had Topics about DOS and
    Windows so I could learn about those OS's.

    The BBS was called The Volunteer BBS and was part of The GT Power BBS
    Network.

    There were messages from people in the USA, England and Taiwan on
    that BBS, and after reading many, many messages I decided to jump in
    and write a message, and here I are, still lurking and writing
    occasionally.

    As much as I try, I'll never become a Mister Know-It-All, even tho I
    act like it sometimes.

    Thanks for tolerating me.

    73 (Best Regards) de (from) Ed W9ODR dit dit


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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to Sean Dennis on Wed Jul 21 08:18:00 2021
    Sean,

    It is pouring off and on the past few days and my arthritis has flared
    up. I am stiff as a board and it has been painful to move ... enough
    to where I have to walk with a cane in the apartment (rare I have to do that).

    Summer has kicked into high gear here, with isolated thunderstorms, heat,
    and humidity. Heat Advisories are likely this weekend into next week, but
    our hottest part of the year is early to mid-August, anyway.

    Daryl

    ... You can't force it to rain by waxing your car.
    === MultiMail/Win v0.52
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to Ed Vance on Wed Jul 21 08:30:00 2021
    Ed,

    I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED, I AM a Lurker.

    As Bugs Bunny said in "Hillbilly Hare"..."Oh, mergatroyd!! Look what
    crawled out of the woodwork!!" <BG>.

    In March 1984 I bought a Commodore 64 PC, C=1541 5-1/4" Floppy Disk
    Drive and 300 Baud VIC Modem.

    My first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer.
    It had a 16K RAM Expansion pack (the default was 4K), which plugged into
    the back of the keyboard...you used a TV set for a monitor, and programs
    were saved and loaded on cassette tape. The printers for it were very small...one was a thermal paper printer, and the other was 4 colors, but
    it was noisy when it printed, compared to the thermal paper printer. I
    also had a 300 baud modem, with a switch in 3 positions...Originate,
    Answer, and OFF. You would dial the phone number first (manually), then
    when you heard the modem squeal, you'd move the switch to ORIGINATE,
    and hang up the phone. I did my early days with CompuServe on that
    computer.

    Later someone I met told me the phone number for a local BBS for the Commodore Computers and I began calling it.

    I think the BBS stuff started on a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 laptop.
    I found a program that'd allow Xmodem file transfers, and I had a 2400
    baud modem at the time. A companion program also made the font smaller,
    but easier to work with (the default was 40 characters per line).

    I had already been using some Amateur Radio BBS's and was glad to
    learn about the Dial-Up C= BBS because I needed to learn about
    "this here" computer stuff from other BBS Users, and hear about
    the things they experienced and to ask them questions about how
    to do things with my computer.

    I have a bulletin on my BBS of all the Arkansas BBS's (most in the
    central part of the state) that went offline long ago. Admittedly, it
    brings back memories.

    My thoughts were a BBS was sorta like the Amateur Radio Club
    Meetings I attended back when I got my Novice License in 1958.
    I could talk with other Ham Operators there to learn enough about
    Radio stuff so to be able to know enough to pass the F.C.C. Test for
    a higher Class Operators License.

    I feel that if the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator program didn't get
    going nearly 30 years ago, the hobby would've died out...as there was
    no one to give the exams, when the FCC quit doing it. However, as it
    notes in Part 97, they can still readminister an exam themselves. I
    downloaded a PDF of that (dated March 8, 2018), and put it on the BBS.
    But, I also exported it to ascii text, for 2 of the ham radio doors I
    have online. It took much of the day to go through to format the file
    to under 78 characters per line.

    In a Computer Store I picked up a FREE Newletter and saw a List of
    Dial-Up BBS's and called one of them that had Topics about DOS and
    Windows so I could learn about those OS's.

    I remember seeing "Computer Shopper" years ago.

    The BBS was called The Volunteer BBS and was part of The GT Power BBS Network.

    Wasn't Tom Currie the one who ran that??

    There were messages from people in the USA, England and Taiwan on
    that BBS, and after reading many, many messages I decided to jump in
    and write a message, and here I are, still lurking and writing occasionally.

    There are other things in life besides BBSing and ham radio (some would consider that heresy <G>). But, I don't spend every waking moment with
    my hobbies, or I'll risk burnout.

    As much as I try, I'll never become a Mister Know-It-All, even tho I
    act like it sometimes.

    I saw a T-shirt awhile back that noted "I don't need Google. My wife
    knows everything". Talk about a personal search engine. <G>

    Thanks for tolerating me.

    I don't think the moderators have anything to worry about from you
    or me, Ed. :)

    Daryl, WX4QZ

    ... Xmodem - A modem that has been hit by lightning.
    === MultiMail/Win v0.52
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Daryl Stout on Wed Jul 21 13:24:00 2021
    Hello Daryl,

    Wednesday July 21 2021 08:18, you wrote to me:

    Summer has kicked into high gear here, with isolated thunderstorms, heat, and humidity. Heat Advisories are likely this weekend into next week, but our hottest part of the year is early to mid-August, anyway.

    We have an orange quality health alert for air here due to wildfires somewhere nearby.

    -- Sean

    ... An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
    --- GoldED/2 3.0.1
    * Origin: Outpost BBS // bbs.outpostbbs.net:10123 (618:618/10)
  • From Tiny@618:500/33 to Sean Dennis on Wed Jul 21 03:57:23 2021
    Sean Dennis wrote to Tiny <=-

    NNNNNEEEEEEERRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSS (to quote someone famous, LOL).

    LOL

    It is pouring off and on the past few days and my arthritis has flared
    up. I am stiff as a board and it has been painful to move ... enough
    to where I have to walk with a cane in the apartment (rare I have to do that).

    I've had those days. Cane is coming with me to work today just in case
    as I feel pretty much how you describe.

    Shawn

    ... Things too stupid to be spoken are sung.

    --- Talisman v0.24-dev (Windows/x86)
    * Origin: Tiny's BBS II = tinysbbs.com:4323/ssh:4322 (618:500/33)
  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Tiny on Thu Jul 22 15:41:00 2021
    Tiny wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    I've had those days. Cane is coming with me to work today just in case
    as I feel pretty much how you describe.

    It's getting difficult to sit a long time at the computer too but I
    think with a good desk and comfy chair that will be eliminated. My
    hands malfunctioning is what is bothering me.

    -- Sean


    ... A man's as only good as the woman he feels.
    ___ MultiMail/Win v0.52

    --- Maximus/2 3.01
    * Origin: Outpost BBS // bbs.outpostbbs.net:10123 (618:618/10)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to Sean Dennis on Thu Jul 22 17:28:00 2021
    Sean,

    It's getting difficult to sit a long time at the computer too but I
    think with a good desk and comfy chair that will be eliminated. My
    hands malfunctioning is what is bothering me.

    With degenerative disk disease in my back and spine, it's hard to sit
    at the computer, or stand for a long time. Getting old is not for sissies,
    and the ONLY golden thing about "the golden years" is the color of your
    urine.

    ... A man's as only good as the woman he feels.

    Q: How do you feel??
    A: With my hands.

    Daryl

    ... "Oh, Bother!!" said Pooh, as he corrupted his tagline collection.
    === MultiMail/Win v0.52
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Tiny@618:500/32 to Sean Dennis on Fri Jul 23 08:11:44 2021
    Sean Dennis wrote to Tiny <=-

    It's getting difficult to sit a long time at the computer too but I
    think with a good desk and comfy chair that will be eliminated. My
    hands malfunctioning is what is bothering me.

    You get used to it. We're used to the fact I will randomly drop or
    throw things. Just clean it up and move on with life. Guitars are
    hidden under the bed so I don't see them. For the rest of it, when
    my hands don't work they don't work. Sometimes I have to use the
    food processor to cut onions, other days I can use a knife.

    Shawn

    ... Confidence is the feeling you had before you knew better.

    --- EzyBlueWave V3.00 01FB001F
    * Origin: Tiny's BBS - telnet://tinysbbs.com:3023 (618:500/32)
  • From Steve Wolf@618:250/1 to Arelor on Fri Jul 23 08:36:54 2021
    Re: Re: Network Shuffle
    By: Arelor to Sean Dennis on Mon Jul 19 2021 03:30 am

    There are probably lots of lurkers. It is like IRC. It looks like nobody is talking but if you bring an interesting subject up, a dozen people will dogpile on it.


    Very true ;-)

    ... Frank Beard is the only member of ZZ Top without a beard.

    ---
    * Synchronet * Havens BBS havens.synchro.net
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  • From August Abolins@618:250/1.9 to Ed Vance on Sun Jul 25 13:25:00 2021
    Hello Ed Vance!

    ** On Tuesday 20.07.21 - 19:55, Ed Vance wrote to August Abolins:

    Wallflowers tend to remain wallflowers. Some people
    simply have a hard time jumping in and contribute to
    conversations in real life.

    I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED, I AM a Lurker.

    In March 1984 I bought a Commodore 64 PC, C=1541 5-1/4"
    Floppy Disk Drive and 300 Baud VIC Modem.

    I was bit leary about ICQ when it first came out. But it proved
    to be a fine communications medium to stir up a "live" chat
    with someone at any time of the day.

    In a Computer Store I picked up a FREE Newletter and saw a
    List of Dial-Up BBS's and called one of them that had
    Topics about DOS and Windows so I could learn about those
    OS's.

    My first real awareness of BBSes to call in my local area was
    courtesy of Boardwatch magazine. Then, it was a matter of
    getting a good LD plan to check out some of the ones farther
    away. A little later, I gravitated towards Compuserve.

    There were messages from people in the USA, England and
    Taiwan on that BBS, and after reading many, many messages
    I decided to jump in and write a message, and here I are,
    still lurking and writing occasionally.

    You are less of a lurker than others. ;)

    --
    ../|ug

    --- OpenXP 5.0.50
    * Origin: (} Pointy McPointface (618:250/1.9)
  • From Warpslide@618:500/23 to August Abolins on Sun Jul 25 17:23:37 2021
    On 25 Jul 2021, August Abolins said the following...

    I was bit leary about ICQ when it first came out. But it proved
    to be a fine communications medium to stir up a "live" chat
    with someone at any time of the day.

    I remember that feature of ICQ, where you could pick a random chat partner in a specific country or who spoke a specific language.

    When I signed up to ICQ I had a 5 digit ICQ number but then ended up forgetting my password to it, when I signed back up I was issued a 6 digit number, which was kind of a bummer.

    This was when I was still in high school, one of my friends joked that he was going to get his ICQ number printed on a t-shirt, which I though was an interesting idea. Those were simpler times...

    In a Computer Store I picked up a FREE Newletter and saw a
    List of Dial-Up BBS's and called one of them that had
    Topics about DOS and Windows so I could learn about those
    OS's.

    You know, I worked in a computer store and never thought to try and advertise there. I don't really remember how I first came to learn about BBS's though, just that the first board I dialed into was Prime Time BBS in Gravenhurst, Ontario which was a multi-line PCBoard BBS.

    My first real awareness of BBSes to call in my local area was
    courtesy of Boardwatch magazine. Then, it was a matter of
    getting a good LD plan to check out some of the ones farther
    away. A little later, I gravitated towards Compuserve.

    There were a couple of boards one town over in Huntsville which was still long distance back then. Someone started a service where you could dial a local number to a town in between the two, listen to a short advertisement and then get a dialtone to call into Huntsville as a local call.

    It was in the latter stage of BBS'ing when my family got London Telecom and I was able to dial long distance BBS's more often, one of my favourites was run by a nice fellow named Shawn Highfield... ;)


    Jay

    ... The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A47 2021/07/23 (Raspberry Pi/32)
    * Origin: Northern Realms (618:500/23)
  • From Ed Vance@618:250/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Jul 25 17:56:00 2021
    07-21-21 08:30 Daryl Stout wrote to Ed Vance about Re: Network Shuffle
    Howdy! Daryl,

    @MSGID: <60F828DB.2116.min_bbsf@capitolcityonline.net>
    @REPLY: <60F7628F.2114.min_bbsf@capitolcityonline.net>
    Ed,

    I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED, I AM a Lurker.

    As Bugs Bunny said in "Hillbilly Hare"..."Oh, mergatroyd!! Look what crawled out of the woodwork!!" <BG>.
    -snip-
    I had already been using some Amateur Radio BBS's and was glad to
    learn about the Dial-Up C= BBS because I needed to learn about
    "this here" computer stuff from other BBS Users, and hear about
    the things they experienced and to ask them questions about how
    to do things with my computer.

    I have a bulletin on my BBS of all the Arkansas BBS's (most in the central part of the state) that went offline long ago. Admittedly, it brings back memories.

    Were those Amateur Radio BBS's in that bulletin?
    I'm guessing they weren't Ham BBS's just public BBS's, Hmmm ..--.. (?)

    My thoughts were a BBS was sorta like the Amateur Radio Club
    Meetings I attended back when I got my Novice License in 1958.
    I could talk with other Ham Operators there to learn enough about
    Radio stuff so to be able to know enough to pass the F.C.C. Test for
    a higher Class Operators License.

    I feel that if the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator program didn't get going nearly 30 years ago, the hobby would've died out...as there was
    no one to give the exams, when the FCC quit doing it. However, as it
    notes in Part 97, they can still readminister an exam themselves. I downloaded a PDF of that (dated March 8, 2018), and put it on the BBS. But, I also exported it to ascii text, for 2 of the ham radio doors I
    have online. It took much of the day to go through to format the file
    to under 78 characters per line.

    At the last License Exam I took, a F.C.C. Employee was there.
    I think the Volunteer Examiner program should be ended, and revert
    back to having Agent(s) from the F.C.C. in charge of giving the Tests.

    In a Computer Store I picked up a FREE Newletter and saw a List of
    Dial-Up BBS's and called one of them that had Topics about DOS and
    Windows so I could learn about those OS's.

    I remember seeing "Computer Shopper" years ago.

    Was "Computer Shopper" the name of a local newsletter, or are You
    talking about the BIG magazine with advertisements for everything
    to build a computer?
    I can't remember what the local newsletter I found the BBS List in
    was called.
    1995 is a long time ago and what the newsletter was called isn't in
    My memory anymore...I don't even know if I still have that issue in
    my collection.

    The BBS was called The Volunteer BBS and was part of The GT Power BBS Network.

    Wasn't Tom Currie the one who ran that??

    YES!

    There were messages from people in the USA, England and Taiwan on
    that BBS, and after reading many, many messages I decided to jump in
    and write a message, and here I are, still lurking and writing occasionally.

    Later I called The PRISM BBS and began reading FIDO BBS messages.
    And also Mike Powell's BBS with a Railroad Train name that I can't
    recall, until He moved to Frankfort, Kentucky out of my local dial-up
    calling area.

    I 'think' Mike's BBS was named The Pan-Am BBS, was that guess close
    enuf?

    After I retired a friend paid for a few months for a Dial-Up Internet
    Service until they moved away, then I paid for it just a few months
    more and then quit paying the monthly fee and went "cold turkey"
    i.e. No BBS access for a while.

    I learned about JUNO Email either just a little earlier than getting
    the Dial-Up ISP Account or maybe it was some time later I learned about
    JUNO, but I really liked having a Free Email Account and used it until
    JUNO quit Dial-In access.

    So after awhile I had DSL added to my Telephone Bill and Resubscribed
    to Mike's BBS now called The Capital City BBS.

    There are other things in life besides BBSing and ham radio (some
    would consider that heresy <G>). But, I don't spend every waking moment with my hobbies, or I'll risk burnout.

    YEP!,

    there is: Photography with all of its various sub-hobbies, High Fidelity Systems, listening to Southern Gospel Quartet Music on the Broadcast
    Band Radio, building Heathkits, using The Online Bible on the pc.
    Yes - lots of things besides BBSing and Ham Radio.

    As much as I try, I'll never become a Mister Know-It-All, even tho I
    act like it sometimes.

    I saw a T-shirt awhile back that noted "I don't need Google. My wife knows everything". Talk about a personal search engine. <G>

    That's cute.

    Thanks for tolerating me.

    I don't think the moderators have anything to worry about from you
    or me, Ed. :)

    Hmmm, reading that makes me think about a sign I saw that said:

    "All Fishermen are liars, except You and Me. And I'm not so sure
    about You."

    73 (Best Regards) de (From) Ed W9ODR dit dit

    ... On a hacker's tombstone: CONNECT 1964 - NO CARRIER 1994
    --- MultiMail/MS-DOS v0.49
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  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Warpslide on Sun Jul 25 19:58:10 2021
    Warpslide wrote to August Abolins <=-

    When I signed up to ICQ I had a 5 digit ICQ number but then ended up forgetting my password to it, when I signed back up I was
    issued a 6 digit number, which was kind of a bummer.

    I still remember my ICQ user number: 19965647.

    It's been years since I fired up ICQ but I enjoyed it until it got
    bought out.

    -- Sean

    ... I'm too skeptical to deny the possibility of anything...
    ___ MultiMail/Win v0.52

    --- Maximus/2 3.01
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  • From Kevin Nunn@618:200/1 to Tiny on Sun Jul 25 20:39:28 2021
    TINY wrote to KEVIN NUNN <=-

    Kevin Nunn wrote to All <=-

    machine. And then I looked on the Mystic BBS and the last message I had
    in that network was Feb 2021. So I guess it's been down since then?

    He changed his binkd port to 24556, see if you can connect with that?


    Thanks, I changed to that port and now I can connect without password
    errors. Trying to get an areafix through now.

    Kev

    --- Telegard/2/QWK v3.09.g2-sp4/mL
    * Origin: Razor's Domain/2 BBS (618:200/1)
  • From Kevin Nunn@618:200/1 to Tiny on Sun Jul 25 20:41:28 2021
    TINY wrote to SEAN DENNIS <=-

    I know why! Because Micronet has a bunch of us geeks in it who can't handle the high humidity of summer and stay inside. ;)

    /me raises hand

    Kev

    --- Telegard/2/QWK v3.09.g2-sp4/mL
    * Origin: Razor's Domain/2 BBS (618:200/1)
  • From Kevin Nunn@618:200/1 to Sean Dennis on Sun Jul 25 20:42:28 2021
    SEAN DENNIS wrote to TINY <=-

    I know why! Because Micronet has a bunch of us geeks in it who can't handle the high humidity of summer and stay inside. ;)

    NNNNNEEEEEEERRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSS (to quote someone famous, LOL).

    I am actually watching that right now. I watched RotN 1 last weekend,
    watching RotN II now, love those shows.

    Then back to my x-files watch. Never seen all of them, so watching them
    all. On season 3 now.

    Kev

    --- Telegard/2/QWK v3.09.g2-sp4/mL
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  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Kevin Nunn on Sun Jul 25 20:59:04 2021
    Hello Kevin,

    Sunday July 25 2021 20:42, you wrote to me:

    I am actually watching that right now. I watched RotN 1 last weekend, watching RotN II now, love those shows.

    I've got the extended edition of RotN1 somewhere around here on DVD.

    Then back to my x-files watch. Never seen all of them, so watching
    them all. On season 3 now.

    My local library has the full X-Files series on DVD for checkout. If I only had money for more hard drive space ...

    -- Sean

    ... TV is chewing gum for the eyes. - Frank Lloyd Wright
    --- GoldED/2 3.0.1
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  • From Ed Vance@618:250/1 to August Abolins on Sun Jul 25 22:02:00 2021
    07-25-21 13:25 August Abolins wrote to Ed Vance about Network Shuffle
    Howdy! Again August,

    @MSGID: <60FDA076.2128.min_bbsf@capitolcityonline.net>
    @REPLY: <60F7628F.2114.min_bbsf@capitolcityonline.net>
    Hello Ed Vance!

    ** On Tuesday 20.07.21 - 19:55, Ed Vance wrote to August Abolins:

    Wallflowers tend to remain wallflowers. Some people
    simply have a hard time jumping in and contribute to
    conversations in real life.

    I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED, I AM a Lurker.

    In March 1984 I bought a Commodore 64 PC, C=1541 5-1/4"
    Floppy Disk Drive and 300 Baud VIC Modem.

    I was bit leary about ICQ when it first came out. But it proved
    to be a fine communications medium to stir up a "live" chat
    with someone at any time of the day.

    I never used ICQ or USENET (I think they are similar?).
    I don't think ICQ is something CBM created or offered, was it?

    In a Computer Store I picked up a FREE Newletter and saw a
    List of Dial-Up BBS's and called one of them that had
    Topics about DOS and Windows so I could learn about those
    OS's.

    My first real awareness of BBSes to call in my local area was
    courtesy of Boardwatch magazine. Then, it was a matter of
    getting a good LD plan to check out some of the ones farther
    away. A little later, I gravitated towards Compuserve.

    Someone told me a Phone Number I could call Compuserve for free
    to see what Compuserve had on it.
    I called it once or maybe twice to try it out but I wasn't interested
    in getting a paid account on it, or AOL for that matter.

    There was one Dial-Up BBS's I called once called D.I.S.K. that
    asked me to Pay if I wanted to use it after the Trial Call.
    When I tried it out I got confused when all of a sudden another User
    on the System (not the SysOp) started typing TO ME.
    I didn't know others were notified when I logged on that system.

    I like QWK because I'm in my own little world when I'm Reading,
    Writing or Writing a Reply.

    There were messages from people in the USA, England and
    Taiwan on that BBS, and after reading many, many messages
    I decided to jump in and write a message, and here I are,
    still lurking and writing occasionally.

    You are less of a lurker than others. ;)

    I read/lurk many Echos on this BBS, I just jump in and out at times.

    73 (Best Regards) de (from) Ed W9ODR dit dit

    ... Here On Earth Computers Alway Win Because THEY Have Inside Information
    --- MultiMail/MS-DOS v0.49
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  • From Tiny@618:500/32 to Kevin Nunn on Mon Jul 26 11:11:32 2021
    Kevin Nunn wrote to Tiny <=-

    He changed his binkd port to 24556, see if you can connect with that?
    Thanks, I changed to that port and now I can connect without password errors. Trying to get an areafix through now.

    You're welcome. I can't believe my memory was correct. LOL

    Shawn

    ... "Bart, stop pestering Satan!"

    --- EzyBlueWave V3.00 01FB001F
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  • From Tiny@618:500/33 to Warpslide on Mon Jul 26 07:01:29 2021
    Warpslide wrote to August Abolins <=-

    When I signed up to ICQ I had a 5 digit ICQ number but then ended up forgetting my password to it, when I signed back up I was issued a 6
    digit number, which was kind of a bummer.

    I /think/ mine was 3231258.

    You know, I worked in a computer store and never thought to try and advertise there. I don't really remember how I first came to learn
    about BBS's though, just that the first board I dialed into was Prime
    Time BBS in Gravenhurst, Ontario which was a multi-line PCBoard BBS.

    The computer store in town here always had a list of BBSes. One of the
    first I called was "The Red Baron BBS".

    could dial a local number to a town in between the two, listen to a
    short advertisement and then get a dialtone to call into Huntsville as
    a local call.

    I used to have a phone in my friends house in Ajax that would foward me to
    the ISP in Toronto. That's how I initially brought the internet to my BBS. First UUCP, then a dedicated connection at 33.6, and after that ISDN. By
    that point I had switched to running the ISP and sold it shortly after that.

    It was in the latter stage of BBS'ing when my family got London Telecom and I was able to dial long distance BBS's more often, one of my favourites was run by a nice fellow named Shawn Highfield... ;)

    Thanks man. ;)

    Shawn

    ... Let no good deed go unpunished.

    --- Talisman v0.24-dev (Windows/x86)
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  • From Sean Dennis@618:618/10 to Ed Vance on Mon Jul 26 14:10:06 2021
    Ed Vance wrote to August Abolins <=-

    I never used ICQ or USENET (I think they are similar?).

    They're two separate technologies. ICQ is instant messaging while
    USENET is newsgroups.

    -- Sean

    ... Enterprise News: Borg destroyed after absorbing Windows.
    ___ MultiMail/Win v0.52

    --- Maximus/2 3.01
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