BBS Tings, World Tings, All Dem Tings

It’s been a wild ride up to this point in 2019, everything that’s happening in the US, the UK turning in to whateverthefuckthisis, and some changes to my BBS.

Obviously, the latter is less hectic than the others.

In a sleep filled shopping rage, I managed to find that a) I can register .ec domains and 2) one domain in particular was available.

Ever since I took mmn.on.ca off the BBS, it’s been a void of what should be the domain attached to it. I went through a few phases, mmn.ec.je, mrman.ca, mail.ec.je and none really had the oomph I wanted. I also considered bbs.ec.je, but I was a touch on the fence with that one.

But when I saw that bbs.ec was available, well it seemed right and I got it (I also got back bbs.paris and mmn.quebec at the same time but lost kevin.paris, hey ho).

I spent a lot of time working on changing bits and bobs around in the ANSI screens, adding some additional QWK networks, and other touch ups. Outside of that I also picked up another domain name to share with the FreeDNS communityec.gy, plus some changes on the backend of the BBS which I posted in Announce (about VPNs, TLS, and all other fun).

In real world news, today after being hit hard on the Socials(tm) about the constant bullshittery the Tory Brexit Trolls and Nigel « I don’t show up to work, so you don’t get a voice in the EU parlament » Farage have been up to, I got my voting ballot.

While it would be wrong (and illegal mind) for me to indicate my vote at this moment, I can assure you I did X that shit with vigour.

Beyond that I did have some issues with Jetpack and WordPress recently, so I might have to swap what is hosted in Sweden and in Germany in the coming weeks.

I Did a Thing, is it a Good Thing ?

By now you must know I’m really in to using things in different ways than they are intended.

It seems that I’ve done that again, having setup an account on groups.io with the intention of moving some of my mailman based lists, because my beloved DreamHost isn’t going to be upgrading it to fix deliverability issues.

What ended up happening is when I created the account, I realised that I can have subgroups, amazing things like a list in a list.

Then I started to use the extras, databases, files, photos, hashtags, like I went cray cray.

Then I realised that I accidentally made a decent BBS mirror, since I stopped using the web front end, the BBS site has been served from the Gopher server at ec.je.

I updated the tagline in QWK to include my new work, which you can view at mmn.groups.io.

Question is, have I done the right thing and does this follow in to the BBS’s ethos ?

There is also another thing that has come up, does the BBS need to be renamed since I now have a seperate business unit of a very same name on the old BBS domain.

Answers in the comments or via the group, I’m game all the same.

FIXED : BBS Offline – Unplanned (10/03)

The BBS is back online and I fixed the file lock on msg0.dat causing General on DOVE-Net to become unreadable.

Everything is now running off of the networked drive with 500 GB of space, which is great as I can now start tidying up Disque 1 without shit getting real.

Now that the minor details are out of the way, following on from my last update on this topic, I present Scott Evans.

proof of concept

BBS Offline – Unplanned (10/03)

I’ve had to take the BBS offline as there seems to be an issue reading off of a network drive, so I rebooted the machine.

But while I’m here, I’m copying the message base on to the new hard drive from the old network drive. I wasn’t planning to do this, but it seems like a good idea since space on Disque 1 is a bit tight and the message base is in the gigabytes.

The BBS should be down for a good half hour, may be a bit longer.

edit : I found a mega file lock issue, so just saying this could take a lot longer.

proof of work

Version 10 Cometh

A while back I registered a domain vx.sg, the name of the blog was Version X (eg Version 10) because it was my first folley with using Ghost as a blogging platform.

I wasn’t really feeling Ghost to be fair, and it was legitimately the 10th incarnation of my blogging activities.

However, since spinning down the old Ghost server, the domain has remained unused. Until today, since the 10th version of my BBS is also now coming to age, it seems apt to use this domain for what it’s designed for. And I do like it myself.

I’ve also put together a small website on there for updates and of course, on the news server we now have a local group called mmn.v10.

I’ll also post to my blog here about changing up the BBS, what I add, etc.

New Usenet Server for the BBS

Because it’s the weekend and I have some free time, I set up a news  server for the BBS to give a bit more control of what gets pulled in.

I’m using some old school tech on this one, the old laptop that MMN  used to run off, my Freebox, Hamster Playground and NewsProxy.

The feeds are pulled off two different servers depending on availability, my ISP’s USENET server and AIOE.  I will also get the stats uploaded automatically at some point, but for the moment it’s a manual task.  You can find the server stats here :

https://www.welford-costelloe.com/news/ 

Let me know as usual if you would like a feed or run in to any problems.

BBS.yt – a free dynamic dns domain

Being a cold parisien night and holding a tiny bit of cash in my wallet, I decided to do a troll of what domains were available.

One term I like to search is BBS, because I also run a BBS, incidentally while writing this I totally got side tracked and connected to a few BBSes from Telnet BBS Guide.

Anyways, I registered bbs.yt and immediately put it up on Afraid.org’s Free DNS Project because you shouldn’t need a domain to put up a BBS and it would be nice to have a BBS focused domain to do that.

There are many software packages you can use, either at home or in the cloud.

So if you would like to be a part of this project, you can set up your own .bbs.yt subdomain right here.

Updating the old school

After having a tiny bit of time to myself today, I used this time somewhat wisely between watching films and working on the 21 year on going project that is my BBS.

Concerningly, it is actually 21 years old and that terrifies the shit out of me.  Sans déc.

But the leg work of trying to keep it all in one place has finally been done, I’ve cleaned up the web server on the BBS, redirected domains and started to put together the content on to this site to get it more or less functional.  More pressing is that I finally got the SSL certificate installed from StartCom.

I’m in two minds as I really don’t want to lose the current style of the BBS website, because god knows it has been like that forever, but I think I can still keep it around but in a more up-to-date model (here on ec.je) and the classic theme for the actual private BBS areas.

Because one thing I have noticed is that the web site is stale content wise and not great to update, unless in front of a computer.  There is also the whole needing to consolidate everything on to ec.je just for my sanity.

Once I can get that fully wrapped up, then I can move back to the more technical aspects, such as keeping dial-up access up, the backend mail servers, finding a way to keep the intra-servers VPN more stable and finally updating the ANSI screens.

Project wise I seem to overwhelm myself a little considering that I don’t have a whole lot of extra time to myself, but I press on.  Because when you invest 21 years, it’s probably something you enjoy.

Also available on ec.je.

Free Hosting is Free

With the acquisition of another rather short domain (say hello to cw.nf), I am starting a little free web hosting empire.

It’s currently already on mmn.on.ca (my bbs domain) but I figure that short be cool and cool be popular and that popular is awesome and awesome is something or other.

If you’re interested just ask, because right now I’ve kind of not put the site together.

Also available on costelloe.ca.