From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Sun Apr 10 22:46:03 2022
The FidoGazette Volume 18 Number 9 11 April 2022
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Table of Contents
1. EDITORIAL ................................................ 1
To Live Another Day ...................................... 1
2. ARTICLES ................................................. 2
Happy birthday, Windows 3.1! ............................. 2
3. COORDINATORS' CORNER ..................................... 4
2022 FTSC Standing Member Election - Final Results ....... 4
4. THOUGHT OF THE WEEK ...................................... 6
5. FIDOGAZETTE BBS LIST ..................................... 7
6. FIDONET SOFTWARE LIST .................................... 10
7. FIDOGAZETTE INFORMATION .................................. 17
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I am thankful to be writing this. I suffered a major heart attack on
March 31. My doctors call it a "widowmaker"; the kind of heart attack
that kills more than people survive. I was one of the lucky few that
survived. I have no damage to my heart from the heart attack but it
was discovered that I have left ventricle hypertrophy (a hardening of
the left ventricle caused by high blood pressure and causing my heart
not to pump enough blood).
They found three blockages inside of my heart so I am expecting
triple bypass surgery sometime this summer. Right now, I have several
risk factors that I am attempting to mitigate before the surgery can
happen. So I have to take it easy and try not to stress too much as
another heart attack will probably kill me.
It is a very sobering fact that I am facing this as I turn 50. A
heart attack is the last thing I expected but looking back, I can see
there were warning signs that I didn't know about or expect to be
I am changing my diet and am working on getting my mouth ready for a
full set of dentures (I have no teeth in my mouth as diabetes has
caused them to all be removed). I figure that heart attack was my
final warning to get my health going on the right track.
I am thankful that I am still able to live alone and take care of
myself; to get around under my own power; and not to have suffered any
major aftereffects from the heart attack. If you are in good health,
keep it. I'd not want to wish what I've been through on anyone.
This week's 'Gazette is a last-minute deal. There is an article from
Andrew Leary, FTSC Coordinator, that I meant to publish last week but
it is in this week's FG. Sorry for the lack of exciting content but
hopefully next week will be better. I'm dealing with a real lack of
Time flies whether you're having fun or simply trying to work out
which Registry change left your system hopelessly borked, and before
you know it, Windows 3.1 is turning 30.
Windows 3.1 was more than a user interface refresh of the preceding
Windows 3.0. Arriving on April 6, 1992, and still on MS-DOS, the
operating environment brought forth support for TrueType fonts,
introduced the Windows Registry and dropped support for older silicon.
Windows 3.1 insisted on 80286 or above, finally sticking a knife in
the heart of the Real Mode that was still supported in Windows 3.0.
As well as a visual update (although nothing compared to what was
coming a few short years later with Windows 95) multimedia support was
improved and Microsoft introduced a concept called The Registry.
The Windows Registry was (and remains) a database of settings hidden
within the environment, ostensibly intended to replace or complement
the .INI configuration files scattered throughout the environment both
by Windows and applications targeting the platform. It is a handy
database, but one that has become considerably more complex in the
intervening 30 years.
Windows 3.1 also increased the maximum memory available: when running
in 386 enhanced mode, the limit was a mighty 256MB, up from the weedy
16MB of Windows 3.0 (although care needed to be take with the version
of the HIMEM.SYS driver.
The requirement to run in Standard or 386 Enhanced Mode also made
things a good deal more stable, although the elephant-on-a-traffic
cone nature of Windows perching on DOS meant there remained plenty of
opportunities for sudden crashes.
Windows 3.1 sold very well, with an appealing user interface and
consumer-friendly multimedia features. It did, however, have a
relatively short life. Networking shortcomings would be at least
partially addressed by a quick-fire succession of Windows for
Workgroups releases, taking the version number to 3.11 by 1993 and
also dropping Standard Mode. Windows 95 turned up shortly after,
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finally merging MS-DOS and Windows (after a fashion).
And then there was Windows NT 3.1, released in 1993 and looking for
all the world like Windows 3.1 on the surface, but with an entirely
different architecture lurking underneath.
Support for Window 3.1 ended more than 20 years ago, but its influence
continues to be felt today, even if the stacks of floppy disks used to
install it are long gone. (R)
BBS Name: Central Ontario Remote
Sysop name: Mick Manning
Fidonet AKA: 1:229/307
BBS Software: Mystic
Telnet address/Phone #: centralontarioremote.com:2323
Desc: Home of the musician's network, BluesNET.
BBS Name: Imzadi Box
Sysop name: Anna Christina Nass
Fidonet AKA: 2:240/5824
BBS Software: Synchronet
Telnet address/Phone #: box.imzadi.de
Desc: Small BBS with several games and message networks.
FTN hub of WeedNet (Zone 420)
BBS Name: Outpost BBS
Sysop name: Sean Dennis (digimaus/KS4TD)
Fidonet AKA: 1:18/200
BBS Software: MBSE BBS
Telnet: bbs.outpostbbs.net ports 23 or 10123
Desc: The home of Cheepware, The Micronet Information Network, the
FidoGazette, and the Ham Distribution Network SDS. A MBSE BBS
Dev Team test system.
BBS Name: Palantir BBS
Sysop name: Dan Clough (AKA Gamgee)
Fidonet AKA: 1:123/115
BBS Software: Synchronet
Telnet address: palantirbbs.ddns.net
Desc: Multiple echomail networks, old-school filebase and
several CDROMs online. Lots of Doom/Quake/Duke stuff.
Many local and BBSLink doors. New callers welcome!
Desc: When you build a BBS on a Pi, you have a PiBBS!
BBS Name: <<Prism BBS
Sysop name: Janis Kracht
Fidonet AKA: 1:261/38
BBS Software: BBBS/Li6 v4.10 Toy-5
Telnet address/Phone #: filegate.net:2030
Desc: Home of IFDC FileGate Project. Files from PDN, Util*Net,
Win_FDN and more.
BBS Name: Star Collision BBS
Sysop name: Bjorn Wiberg
Fidonet AKA: 2:201/137
BBS Software: Mystic BBS
Telnet address/Phone #: scbbs.nsupdate.info:61023
Desc: Star Collision BBS was founded in 1993, closed in 1997, and
re-opened in 2019. It will focus on echomail conferences and file
echos for the time being, with more to come in the future.
BBS Name: Roon's BBS
Sysop name: Daniel Path
Fidonet AKA: 2:371/52
BBS Software: Maximus/2
Telnet address/Phone #: bbs.roonsbbs.hu:1212 +36-1-4454412
Desc: pure retro 90s bbs, original hardware and software :)
BBS Name: thE qUAntUm wOrmhOlE
Sysop name: Christian Sacks (MeaTLoTioN)
Fidonet AKA: 2:250/5
BBS Software: Mystic BBS v1.12 A47
Telnet address/Phone #: bbs.erb.pw:23
Desc: Mystic door development, experimental and educational, thE
qUAntUm wOrmhOlE is the home of qUAntUm RaDio!, tqwNet and tqwCTF.
Lots of door games and utilities, some traditional, some highly
BBS Name: The Rusty MailBox
Sysop name: Alan Ianson
Fidonet AKA: 1:153/757
BBS Software: BBBS
Telnet address/Phone #: trmb.ca:2030
Desc: An old school BBS. File and message areas including Fidonet,
fsxNet, Metronet and Cybernet.
Desc: Arkansas' longest running Ham Radio/Weather BBS. Note that the
BBS is offline during maintenance, or when thunderstorms are in
the area. Over 350 doors, over 700 message areas, and over
10,000 files. Free Usage, G/PG content. Christian Related
material is online for those who want it.
If you would like your BBS to be listed, just use the template below
and send it to me in a message in the FIDOGAZETTE echo or via netmail.
*=Software is available and may be registerable,
but no longer supported or updated.
@=Website is operating but is no longer updated.
?=Software's updating/support status is unknown.
O=Software is open source.
This list contains BBS-related software that is available
for registration (not necessarily supported), open source
software and actively developed/supported software by its
author. Software listed may be available for DOS, Linux,
OS/2 (eComStation), Windows (16 or 32 bit) and OSX.
Telnet/Dialup BBS |# |http://www.telnetbbsguide.com 1:275/89
Guide | | Maintained by Dave Perrussel
| | This is probably the most updated BBS
| | list on the Internet for a general
| | BBS list.
Synchronet BBS List |# |http://www.synchro.net/sbbslist.html
| | Maintained automatically
| | This list is specifically for
| | Synchronet-based BBS systems and is
| | automatically updated nightly.
The BBS Corner |# |http://www.bbscorner.com
| | This website is more than just files,
| | it's an encyclopedia of knowledge for
| | BBS sysops and people who want to
| | become sysops. This site is run by
| | the same person who does the Telnet
| | BBS Guide.
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