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FidoSysop
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Apr 5, 2018 - 7:26 pm

Do y'all have any Simple:Press forum operation tutorials (video) aimed toward the members?

Thanks.. wink

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Mr Papa
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Apr 5, 2018 - 7:33 pm

no videos... but some folks have found this site useful for tutorials...

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FidoSysop
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Apr 5, 2018 - 8:33 pm

That's good for instalation and configuration. I made this one but my narration isn't too good. 

https://youtu.be/l2KmuI5d1cg

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Yellow Swordfish
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Apr 7, 2018 - 3:47 am

Not that bad. I have heard a lot worse!
Interestingly - we have had our first contact regarding a group thinking of abandoning FB.

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FidoSysop
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Apr 7, 2018 - 5:19 pm

Will have to make another attempt.

Yes i read that post about someone wanting to migrate away from Facebook. Forums should make a comeback. This privacy scandal is our golden opportunity!

Members are leaving Facebook in droves. Now it comes out Zuck was trying to get hospitals to give up patients charts / info so it would be available on Facebook. Then we learned Zuck was scanning / archiving all our messenger content. Zuck is *ucked!

I've been online since 1991 with Doc's Place BBS well before the net was made publicly available. Dial up at first. Had 4 modem nodes - then went internet in 1997. It's connected via my cable modem on an old Dell Optiplex pc.

Fidonet is still a text based ftsc network living in the dark ages. So it's not an option for today's crowd. There are still a handful of diehard old timers that use the system today. Most download offline QWK mail packets. Read and reply offline. Then upload their REP packets just like back in the 90's. One member has a dinosaur computer that will not run windows. She uses telnet to log in and exchanges mail packets daily. It's been some experience!

Just another day in tin can paradise.. laugh

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FidoSysop
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Apr 7, 2018 - 5:39 pm

Don't mind me blowing my own horn a bit.. This old stuff is still way cool.

BBS callers today.

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Yellow Swordfish
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Apr 10, 2018 - 3:37 am

In have vague memories that the above was going on but I came to working with computers and software quite late in life... so I missed the 'seat of the pants' pioneering stuff!

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FidoSysop
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Apr 10, 2018 - 10:43 am

My first bbs was ran on an old IBM 286/12 Clone. It's MFM hard-drive was as heavy as a brick. Since day one Wildcat bbs software was its platform 2.55 in the beginning 4.X was the last DOS version. Used to multitask 4 dos nodes under Desqview and QEMM.

In 1997 Wildcat came out with version 5 a true 32bit client server package that ran under Windows 95. It ran but crashed regularly. A friend gave a Win NT4 server cd and it ran several days before dying with the famous NT blue-screen of death. Windows 2K pro was stable and the bbs ran for months without crashing. It's running now on Windows 7 pro 64 bit. Same bbs software since 1997.

In 1998 i ditched the dial up lines and went total internet. To get the callers i spammed every Fidonet conference (over 500 at the time) with a single Internet bbs ad. That went over like a fart in church. Fidonet conferences had an owner / moderator. And they were screaming bloody murder as the ad was off-topic for the conference. I also wrote to the Fidonews editor who published this article. More info is in this blog post.

It's been a fun ride but it's not over yet. Even with it's text only interface bbs calls are up since Facebook and privacy started making the rounds. Now is the opportune time for forums to make a comeback. Especially Simple:Press that's light-years ahead in security and privacy.

It's my belief Facebook is deeply integrated with the USA Federal government (CIA NSA) who uses Facebook to funnel our everyday activities to them. Google also plays a big part in this. It may come out eventually though i doubt will officially. People who do not want to be tracked will flock to forums!

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Apr 17, 2018 - 8:12 pm

FidoSysop said
 

I've been online since 1991 with Doc's Place BBS well before the net was made publicly available. Dial up at first. Had 4 modem nodes - then went internet in 1997. It's connected via my cable modem on an old Dell Optiplex pc.

Just another day in tin can paradise.. laugh

  

I ran a very large BBS system in those days, with PCBoard and EchoNet. Remember getting my first 80mb hard disk using NTNX boards, with 6 boards to a PC... ahhh the days.... remember when my first US Robotics 9600 baud modem went online...

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Yellow Swordfish
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Apr 18, 2018 - 3:24 pm

Have fun you two! 🙂

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