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Comment Re:Hyper-linking was invented in the 60's .... (Score 1) 70

3-4 years prior to RoboBoard was a system called FirstClass (originally macintosh only) that was started to be a groupware 'learning management system' but was heavily utilized as BBS software as well.

It provided email and forums (even with fidonet support, although mainly via 3rd party software as FCs remained pretty lacking), voice/fax, file transfer, etc and the protocol was multithreaded so you could be doing all of those things at the same time, and all over a 1200 baud modem.

It was primary used with a GUI client, although had options in the server to provide a crappy text interface for dialup users in a terminal app. This text interface had nothing on wwiv but did at least provide a simple way to download the mac or windows GUI client for the advanced features.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

They later added appletalk networking and finally tcp/ip as well in the early 90s, but by 94/95 the BBS era was pretty well dead and everyone moved on to the Internet.

At least around these parts the transition was a fairly obvious one.
First you offered a BBS.
Then you offered a BBS with Internet.
Then you offered Internet with a BBS.
Finally you just offered Internet.

Between Eternal September in '93 and the web just being invented shortly before, that is when Internet usage exploded and was the beginning of the end for the entire BBS world.

Comment Cox HAS a three-strikes policy and uses it. (Score 3, Informative) 97

Trust me. I have two strikes.

On strike 1, they captive portal, and you can press an "I'm sorry, I won't do it again" button and restart your router/computers.
On strike 2, they captive portal, and you have to call customer support and get a lecture, where they tell you about strike three.
On strike 3, it's a one year ban in service.

Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 1) 86

Because there were a ton of 2600 machines out there that would not be compatible, while the 5200 was compatible with 2600 games.

Just a tech-nit, but it was actually the 7800 that was the "next gen" 2600 that had backwards compatibility with games and utilized the same controllers.

The 5200 was a totally different and unique beast that wasn't forward or backward compatible with anything, used completely different shaped cartridges, and a different controller protocol and connector (it was analog input with a keypad of buttons and the new pause from the controller function)

Comment Re:I use linux (Score 1) 518

I use a systemd Gentoo system and I use it with systemd precisely because openrc and other init systems cannot do what I what them to do. Try getting any of those old init systems to execute commands on resume from suspend. They can't. The whole reason systemd was created was to address issues like these that prevent you from doing what you should be able to do.

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