Okay, let's all try to search for this Tim Jennings and try to encourage
him to either re-connect or make a new version of Fido. There are enough
of us with enough experiance to encourage him. Imagine! Having a living
legend with us!!! I believe that BBSs in a HTML or Java-ized form still
have a chance yet. They're 1. fast 2. cheap 3. You can use them for a
multitude of services-like you could have 1 server, give it a cheap (sort
of) 56K or ISDN connection, and then all users would have internet access.
At least we could try to get patent rights if he'd let us. (Which he
probably would, as he's not doing to much with it now!), and establish
ourselves as a hisoric society (What else could you call us?), and make a
few BBSs just to be a part of history.
Oh, yeah, I have one more question. If I want to make a BBS (regardless
or software), what type of hardware should I have to handle multiple
connections? I believe that my computer is BBS-server-sufficent for DOS (2
GB HDD, 28 MB RAM, 486/66 processor), as that's twice as fast as a server
would be in 1990, with DOS at it's peak, before Windows started ruining the
whole thing :-) .
Tim D. Hotze
From: Lawrence Walker <lwalker(a)mail.interlog.com>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Subject: Re: Fido is far from dead!
Date: Friday, October 31, 1997 7:11 AM
At 07:38 AM 10/29/97 -0800, you wrote:
around on the web for Fido software. Back in the days before the
Internet, FidoNet was a world-wide network of independant BBS's.
Fido is far from dead. In fact, some sysops have claimed an increase in
Whups! I did not mean to imply at all that Fido was dead. Only that I
communicating with people around the world long before
most of us heard
about the Internet. I think Fido is great and I'm glad to hear it is
Btw, is Tom(?) Jennings (is that his name? the author of Fido) still
in the Fido world? I met him once -- a true genius,
greater acclaim than he has received.
Maybe someone more knowledgeable could fill us in, but based on
scuttlebut I read in some FIDO confs. he recently pulled the plug on
FIDO, since he holds the patent, and many N.A. nodes have folded
their tents and the remaining ones are operating illegally, causing a
drop-off in traffic. Outside N.A. AFAIK , it's going strong. Perhaps
Bruce Lane could set me straight on this if you will.