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Submission + - Bulletproof video conferencing for Alzheimers home?

Milo_Mindbender writes: I'm trying to find a bulletproof near zero maintenance video conferencing client for shared use in an Alzheimers living facility. It's used so the patients can regularly see their relatives who are often out of town. Most everything I've tried on PC or Mac requires tweeks/updates from time to time to keep it working, not good in a place where there are no computer savvy people. It looks like most of the low cost dedicated boxes have died out too. The ideal setup will be turnkey with little-to-no maintenance and if possible support auto-answering calls from approved users. It needs to be compatible with video conferencing apps the relatives can easily get on phone/tablet/pc such as Skype, Facetime, Hangouts...etc.

Any suggestions?

Comment Re:I'd do it the slow but secure way. (Score 1) 325

The system actually dates from 1985 or so. I'm aware it isn't "the first" however it is one of the first BBS systems that:

* Was privately owned (not Compuserve or a university computer)
* Had 5 simultaneous dial-up connections.
* Was designed for and used mainly by non-computer people.

There were plenty of single-line BBSs at the time but very few multi-line ones that were available to the general public.

This system used the general BBS structure made popular by the CDC Plato system back in the early 1970's.

Comment Still want to know about the disk format (Score 1) 5

The machine only has a 5" floppy and I don't have any disks for it, or a drive that will work on a PC, so that's out.

My main question remains, does anyone know what file system this machine used?

I'm aware of kermit and X,Y,Zmodem for transferring stuff but I was hoping to avoid going that route. The ports on this thing are only 9600 baud so even this relatively small transfer would take I was hoping to avoid building/buying custom cables that I'll only use once. Pulling the hard drive is easier, so long as Xenix used a file system that modern Linux can read.


Submission + - Need help salvaging data from an old Xenix system 5

Milo_Mindbender writes: I've recently got hold of an old Altos 586 Xenix system (a late 80's Microsoft flavor of Unix) that has one of the first multiuser BBS systems in the US on it and want to salvage the historical BBS posts off it. I'm wondering if anyone remembers what format XENIX used on the 10MB (yes MB) IDE hard drive and if it can still be read on a modern Linux system. This system is quite old, has no removable media or ethernet and just barely works, the only other way to get data off is a slow serial port. I've got a controller that should work with the disk, but don't want to tear this old machine apart without some hope that it will work. Anyone know?
Data Storage

Submission + - Monitoring sectors accessed on a SATA disk 2

Milo_Mindbender writes: Does anyone know of an inexpensive way to splice into a SATA cable and record what sectors (not data, just sector numbers) of a disk drive are being accessed? I need to profile a proprietary app running on a proprietary system, so modifying code won't work. Commercial SATA analyzers cost tens of thousands and do way more than I need, I'm hoping someone out there knows of a simpler solution.
The Internet

Submission + - Sharing address books across many companies

Milo_Mindbender writes: I'm part of a standards group which needs to share address books among our members in many different companies worldwide. These are frequently updated and include contacts who are NOT members of the group. Has anyone seen a good system, probably web based, for maintaining a community of shared address books that works with almost any mail client? Something like a Plaxo or LinkedIn was our first thought, but they only keep group member's addresses in sync. We need something that will also handle the case where someone adds a contact who is NOT a group member, but wants all the people in the group to have it. Something where you can create a group of people (like Facebook or LinkedIn) and then have address books shared among the group which contain contacts that are not part of the group. Most groupware systems I've looked at are out because they require too much setup, can't work across multiple company networks or don't work with many mail clients. Anyone know a good solution for this?

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