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:

..!b4gate!moira!CHIMPY::SAMPSA

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)

Guys,

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:

hfgate
rxs3de
zzwerg
kuha
epl692
escher
b4s390
infopiz
moira
tranq7
mrgate
trada
pbelt
rilbop
obs2
wurst 
jqpublic
calidream
vmnext
uupc
pyffle
turnkey
maya
vaxxa
atom
b4bbs
boing
thrifty
bender
vaxenv
dalek
--- SNIP ---

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..

My heroes..

"As of this writing there are roughly a dozen remaining DDIAL's running on Apple computers, 
Novation has long since gone Chapter 11, Bill Basham (the author of DDIAL) has gone back to being a 
full-time doctor, and one slightly disturbed person in the Phantom Access Group has written the world's 
only version of DDIAL that will run on Unix based machines and allow T1 connected, distributed sites
with gigabytes of disk and thousands of users, to hook into Pig's Knuckle Idaho's very own 7 line 
DDIAL running at a blazing fast 300 baud. 

Why this was done is a question best left to mental health professionals.

The last sentence in the paragraph quoted above could be applied to many features present in the MindVox shell. It included advanced conferencing features interspersed with time-consuming, elaborate in-jokes with no commercial purpose whatsoever.”

Source: MindVox Wikipedia Entry