[SATLUG] Puppy Linux
geoff at w5omr.shacknet.nu
Mon Mar 17 08:04:03 CDT 2008
> I ran TGoA from '91-'98, finally shutting down when I hadn't seen a user
> for a month. Meanwhile, I'd also setup TGoA III on the web. Its kinda
> crest-fallen lately, but still out there. I don't remember which mail
> tosser I used with TGoA BBS. Do you remember which one you used? Do
> you remember the 387net Gatherings? Do you remember HDDs that cost $1/MB?
Good ol' google... I found an old message of mine, that had the origin
and tear line on it, still...
1. Jeff Edmonson
More options Apr 16 1995, 2:00 am
Subject: *Greetings from TEXAS!*
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The Electronic Avenue BBS, in San Antonio, TX is now Proudly carrying the
SysOp - Electronic Avenue BBS
--- GEcho 1.00
* Origin: Electronic Avenue BBS*(210)333-0060 San Antonio, TX (1:387/510)
Of course, that machine ain't around no more. but, as you can see
there, GEcho was the tosser, FrontDoor was the mailer, and SuperBBS
(when I brought it down) was the actual BBS.
Holy crap, when I think of how much time I spent making colorized
high-ascii menus in 'TheDraw'...
You kidding me? My -first- PC was a True-Blue 4.77/10MHz IBM XT w/the
FULL 640k of ram and a (then) -new- half-height 20*MEG* MFM hard-disk
drive, with a (then) new dual-sided 5 1/4" floppy drive! Oh, and
nothing but the latest in graphics... Hercules mono-chrome card with
extended graphics, and an amber monochrome monitor. I remember playing
'Leisure Suit Larry' on that thing and then complaining about the lack
of graphic detail when I 'upgraded' from the Hercules mono card to CGA.
It was 1985, I was working in Houston/Clear Lake City for Raynor
Computer systems near NASA, at their on-site maintenance installation at
Baker & Botts in One Shell Plaza, downtown Houston, fixing computers,
and printers, in a shirt/tie/slacks, while the 'preppies' were running
around with collared polo t-shirts with alligators on their left-breast
pocket, designer jeans and Nike tennies.
That machine cost me around $1000 ~ $1200... in 1885.
Moved back to San Antonio with the PC in tow in 1987, Dad died in
September of 1988, I started the BBS in early 89, graduated ITT Tech in
1991, fumbled around a few computer shops and went back into trade-show
setup/dismantle, because with my diploma and 3.6 GPA, I found I could
get a job on any bench making $7.50~8.00/hr and part-time, but I could
go back to making $16/hr and part time and more hours than I was getting
on the bench. These days, I work an average of around 6 months a year
and still drag down $36~40k/yr, and I'm not sitting in some monkey suit
and tie, not doing the same old boring ass routine day in/day out, and I
get to do all the travel I want. I love what I do!
Today, people are -giving- away 1+GHz systems. *sigh*. I bought a 17"
LCD Flat-screen monitor off of craigslist here in San Antonio a couple
of months ago, for $50. Works 'great'.
just old, I guess...
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