Pyffle: Waffle reborn

(crossposted from comp.bbs.waffle)

Chaps,

In a fit of madness I decided to write a Waffle BBS clone in Python, which is now sufficiently far along that I’ve decided to announce its existence to anyone who might still be reading this newsgroup 🙂

If you happen to be interested, telnet to hq.pyffle.com for the test board, more details can be found at www.pyffle.com

sampsa

Playing with ReGIS and SIXEL graphics…

I managed to get PATHWORKS running on a Windows NT 4.0 VM last night and noticed that it came with Excursion, a rather good X server for Win32.

Anyway, I used that to log into RHESUS, launched a DECterm and ran gnuplot with ReGIS as output. The results are quite nifty I’m sure you’ll agree:

Here’s another one with ReGIS and SIXEL (DEC-specific bitmap format graphics), still in DECterm:

News service somewhat live

As announced earlier, I was in the process of setting up a news service on B4GATE.

I am now satisfied that it works and am more than happy to set up feeds to members.

The current list of newsgroups is as follows:

uuhec.admin               General UUHECNET admin issues
uuhec.hardware            Discussion re: retro hardware
uuhec.uucp                General discussion about UUCP
uuhec.dec                 Discussion about DEC hardware
uuhec.vms                 OpenVMS forum
uuhec.unix                UNIX/Linux etc forum
uuhec.waffle              Waffle BBS discussion
uuhec.random              Random banter
uuhec.decnet              DECNET networking forum
uuhec.hecnet              Forum for members of the hobbyist DECNET, HECnet
uuhec.mac                 Macintosh (OS X) discussion 
uuhec.mac.classic         Classic Mac (System 1-9)
uuhec.8bit                General 8-bit retrocomputing forum
uuhec.8bit.cbm            Commodore 8-bit retrocomputing forum
uuhec.8bit.cpm            CP/M and 8080/Z80 retrocomputing forum
uuhec.8bit.apple          Apple I/II/III retrocomputing forum

uuhec.test                Test area for people setting up systems

Chat service launched

Guys,

I’ve enabled Google Talk for the UUHEC.NET domain, I suggest I set up accounts for all of us, it’s a nice little service, based on Jabber, so you can use any client you wish (i.e. it’s not limited to Google Talk). Personally I’m using Adium, being a Mac user.

Please drop me a note if you want an account, I’ll then set this up for you.

If you already have a Jabber/Google Talk account, I can be reached at admin (at) uuhec.net

Sampsa

News service to launch soon

Guys,

I’ve managed to get a provisional news over UUCP setup configured on B4GATE, and will be taking this live very soon.

Initially we will only offer UUHECNET internal groups, at the moment I am suggesting the following topics:

  • uuhec.admin General admin issues, eventually gated to and from this mailing list
  • uuhec.hardware Discussion re: retro hardware
  • uuhec.uucp General discussion about UUCP
  • uuhec.dec Discussion about DEC hardware
  • uuhec.vms OpenVMS forum
  • uuhec.unix UNIX/Linux etc forum
  • uuhec.waffle Waffle BBS discussion
  • uuhec.random Random banter
  • uuhec.test Test area for people setting up systems

I am open to suggestions about more topics, drop me a message if you want a feed set up.

Sampsa

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

And we’re off…

As of about 2100 BST last night, we have officially launched ourselves as UUHEC.NET.

Here’s a copy of the announcement on the HECnet mailing list that kicked the whole thing off:


From: Sampsa Laine 
To: hecnet
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:52:10 +0100
Subject: Announcement: We've rolled out a retro UUCP network, UUHEC.net


Whilst not strictly HECnet related, I figured as this audience is likely to be full of people who enjoy tinkering with various bits of retro tech stuff and so I thought I'd let you know that we've rolled out a small UUCP "network" between myself, Steve and Fred. It runs over TCP links between our sites, mainly running Taylor UUCP, however one of my hosts runs a 1992 bit of BBS software called Waffle 1.65. Let me know if anyone wants to join in, it's a giggle, really*. I'll even route real internet mail for interested parties** - we have registered the UUHEC.net domain for this purpose. Sampsa * Seriously, check out the crazy Waffle BBS software by logging into CHIMPY as the user B4BBS and then log on as WAFFLE at B4BBS. It's default messages keep cracking me up, random Zippy the Pinhead quotes all over the place. ** Within reason.