UUHECNET now gated to HECnet via MOIRA

After some seriously hard hacking (involving a RasPi as a TCP->RS232 adapter etc) Cory Smelosky managed to connect his VAX, MOIRA, to UUHECNET.

AS a bonus, MOIRA can route mail between the two networks, using hybrid UUCP/Mail-11 addresses, e.g:


would reach the user SAMPSA on HECnet node CHIMPY.

B4GATE now de facto UUHECNET hub

See the announcement below. Also any new applicants will be given access to B4GATE, and almost any system on UUHECNET can be reached through it..

The cool thing is that we have over 30 nodes in the network, of which I estimate at least 10-15 are online at any given moment.

From: Sampsa Laine (b4gate!pyffle!system)


B4GATE appears to have become the de facto hub of UUHECNET since 
MRGATE is down and not likely to reappear. With this in mind, 
I'll periodically post a list of systems registered with B4GATE.

Basically, all mail (unless direct host to host) on UUHECNET 
now goes through B4GATE, which also acts as an SMTP gateway 
for the UUCP nodes that have *.uuhec.net domain names.

---- SNIP ---
The following systems are directly connected to b4gate. 
Please note that even if the connection is defined, there
is no guarantee that host will be running, thus message
delivery cannot be guaranteed.

Sample bangpath: b4gate!pyffle!sampsa send a message to the 
user sampsa on the pyffle machine via b4gate. 

Systems under b4gate:

--- SNIP ---

I know it’s “turn-key”, but..Building an installation tool anyway!

Good news everyone – Turnkey Pyffle v0.21 (due out July-ish) will have a curses-based installation wizard to guide you through those annoying installation steps that might have kept some of you from  installing it.

Here’s a video of the demo in action (if you don’t / can’t use Flash, here’s the 24 MB original QuickTime .MOV):


Get the Flash Player to see this video.

It even includes a menu and stuff:


Pyffle v0.2 announced!

Pyffle v0.2 announced!

Guys, I’ve just got a release of Pyffle v0.2 (OK the version numbers are
arbitrary and don’t show up everywhere in the code etc) as a
VMware appliance as well as an OVA for you VirtualBox users..

Just download it, boot it up and follow the (relatively) simple instructions
on the web page (which will be updated once the files are up there*).

Highlights of this version:

  • Preconfigured Taylor UUCP setup ready to connect to UUHECNET.
  • OVA version for VirtualBox users.


* Due to my insanely slow connection here in Lebanon, it might be up to
48 hours before the new files show up on the site. Will keep you posted
as and when this is done.


Pyffle BBS v0.01 released today

[Reposted from comp.bbs.waffle]
Pyffle BBS – Waffle for the New American Century

Pyffle was created as a tribute to the coolest BBS software ever in existence, Waffle.

Unfortunately the only version floating around nowadays is a binary-only copy of version 1.65 for DOS from 1993 or so (which I do run on B4BBS, http://sampsa.com/b4bbs, through DOSBOX, with UUCP and everything) as the Unix sources have gone missing – this prompted the creation of Pyffle, the Python re-implementation of Waffle for Unix.

You can test drive it by telnetting to hq.pyffle.com

I’ve also built a ready-to-run VMWare VM for running Pyffle without all the annoying hassle of setting up Postgres and stuff yourself.

See http://www.uuhec.net/pyffle-bbs/pyffle-turnkey-vmware-appliance/ for details on downloading and setting the VM up.


Pyffle GUI – 1994 called, and wanted it’s fat clients back!

Yes, so I decided to kill some time and learn QT programming in Python and knocked out a graphical front-end to Pyffle (the least user-friendly BBS software ever, so there’s irony there too).

Here’s some screenshots..

Login screen:

Login screen


Main window:

Main window


Message area / mail inbox:

Message area

Message area


Message composition:

Message entry


Chat interface:

Chat window


Private messages:

Private messages..

Pyffle: Feedback, and it’s GOOD

Well, someone on comp.bbs.waffle saw my shameless plug and had a look, and liked what they saw:

From: minding 
To: system 
Subj: hurrah! 

Too cool!

DECADES ago now, I happenstanced upon a neato Waffle v1.64 board called
China Cat Sunflower, I felt, and still do, that it made computers
worthwhile again.

Now I find Pyffle!

You can imagine my general elation!

I'm so grateful to have found a WAFFLE system!