Tue, 13 Sep 2011

Gary Perkins, A Great Fellow!

I wanted to share a message I posted in the FIDONEWS echo to Gary Perkins, who recently felt it was necessary to resign his position as FIDONEWS Editor.

Gary's resignation, due to illness, was met with the most pathetic and sickening response, first from an idiot user name Lee Lofaso who is obviously Bjorn Felten's alternate mouth-piece... and then if that wasn't bad enough, one from Bjorn Felten himself.

Gary's reply to Lee was understandable, given the accusations of Lee as to why Gary had to resign.

Here's my text to Gary!

Hi Gary,

I am so sorry you happened upon Lee's obnoxious and uttlerly pathetic message.

Please know that the rest of us in Fidonet are NOT Lee Lafaso.  He's a user on
someone's bbs (Bjorn's I believe) and he has NO idea what he's talking about,
as you and I know.

I want to thank you again for all the time you gave us in the last month, even
knowing you had a scarce 5 minutes free in your daily activities, between
taking care of your kids, fighting the Educational system over there for your
daughter, and all that life throws at you.  We can hardly imagine how you can
deal with some of this.

You're a wonderful fellow, and I have to tell you, you were one of the best
guys I've worked with on getting things going, first with your fidonet node,
and then (amazing how you got things going with this!) the fidonews software.

Please give us another chance when you're feeling up to it.

Take care,

SysOps really ought to lock Lee Lofaso out of all Fidonet echos IMO.

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Wed, 07 Sep 2011

Flooding in Windsor And Broome County

Broome county NY is expected to flood tomorrow morning at 9AM at 2006 levels. The Susquehanna in Windsor is also expected to rise 25 feet by 9AM tomorrow, so once again we're happy that we're located a little higher than most in the village. As a matter of fact, the house we were going to buy some 8 years ago which is down the street was flooded badly in the flood zone in 2006.

In the meantime, we've collected water just in case the village water supply floods again, making the drinking water unsafe. We've got about 12 gallons. We can boil more of course if we need to. We'll also get some bottled water tomorrow if we can get to the local BigM market here in Windsor before the deed is done..

Rain has been really heavy, and non-stop for about 3 days now. The sound of constan rainfall can really get on your nerves!

Weather Report from Weather Underground.

Windsor at Weather Underground.

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Sun, 04 Sep 2011

Logging in at Prism BBS

This week, a 'script-kiddie' visted my Web-based BBS.

Tossing out usernames one after the other, this script attempted to tie up all my tcpip nodes. As I noticed the eh jerk attempting this, I have to admit I had a little fun with it, though I'm sure no one was watching hehe..

First I changed "his" screen size to 4 lines.. then I helpfully turned on RIP graphics for his tty type.. That slowed the script down a bit Lol.

I knew I couldn't sit there playing with this for a long time, but it felt kind of good... a kind of vengence one may not have the opportunity of taking when someone 'attacks' your system

After watching his ip address change a few times, I entered a password for new users on the BBS. Now, new users cannot log in period, unless they contact me first at janis@filegate.net to request the BBS new user password.

Here's an example of what I saw when we returned from Gettysburg:

Post Office message #13394 from BRoboCop to Janis Kracht (PRIVATE) (read).
   Entered on 2nd September, 2011 at 08:44, 28 lines.

Subject: SysOp Notes

 New user: Acobellimigu Acobellimigu
 New user: Fergarr Fergarr
 New user: Nialrollennatha Nialrollennat
 New user: Dneacerasha Dneacerasha
 New user: Nielbarrinnatha Nielbarrinnat
 New user: Nstroupereube Nstroupereube
 New user: Uckwallricod Uckwallricod
 New user: Grothatrac Grothatrac
 New user: Hneidlinhyac Hneidlinhyac
 New user: Edelsignorprinc Edelsignorpri
 New user: Alvandencris Alvandencris
 New user: Lheggestemma Lheggestemma
 New user: Schoeneckeminna Schoeneckemin
 New user: Ergboei Ergboei
 New user: Rpleytedd Rpleytedd
 New user: Dermananto Dermananto
 New user: Pinkstaffnigel Pinkstaffnigel
 New user: Gessonma Gessonma
 New user: Rlotteharr Rlotteharr
 New user: Andawall Andawall
 New user: Damiresons Damiresons
 New user: Ugheyrodg Ugheyrodg
 New user: Nneelmorga Nneelmorga

Contact me if you need the password.

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Fri, 02 Sep 2011

Visiting Gettysburg, PA.

We visited the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA., on Wednesday and Thursday (August 31/September 1st). This was actually our second visit.. We'd made our first one when our kids were very young (maybe 5 and 7 years old). We couldn't visit the battlefield that first time, neither could we take part in many of the historical 'shows' at the time (if they even existed back then). The kids were just too young, and I was having a bad time then kind of suddenly with the MS that I had. This time was different though. I was feeling great, and we'd blocked out two days to just wander about giving us the ability to see the entire battlefield along with it's monuments.

Fought during the first three days of July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most crucial battles of the Civil War having occurred at a time when the fate of the nation literally hung in the balance. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", it was the culmination of the second and most ambitious invasion of the North by General Robert E. Lee and his "Army of Northern Virginia". The Union "Army of the Potomac", long the nemesis of Lee's army in Virginia, met the Confederate invasion at the Pennsylvania crossroads town of Gettysburg. Under the command of Major General George Gordon Meade, the Union army fought with a desperation not always seen before on other battlefields. Despite initial Confederate success, the battle turned against Lee on July 3rd, and with few options remaining to him, the general ordered his army back to Virginia. The Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg resulted not only in Lee's retreat to Virginia but an end to the hopes of the Confederacy for independence.

Other online pictures

At the National Military Park, we first watched the cyclorama show in a huge cyclorama theater. The initial 20 minute film was narrated by Morgan Freeman. The show then progresses two stories up and then one story down in the same building. When the attendents saw my balance wasn't the best, they asked me if I'd like them to 'bring up an elevator' for me, rather than have me use the escalators or stairs. I said, sure, by then I was exhausted enough to sissy-out .. but I didn't expect an elevator.. I figured that was some term for a some other type of assistance device.. I was absolutely shocked when the floor to the side of me opened up, and an ELEVATOR (real one, just like the ones on other floors) pushed up through the floor, and opened it's doors hahaha

On the third floor, the Cyclorama show displays a painting, the original, painted by Paul Philippoteaux in 1883. It depicts "Pickett's Charge", the failed infantry assault that was the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg. The painting is in the form of a cyclorama, a type of 360° cylindrical painting. The intended effect is to immerse the viewer in the scene being depicted, often with the addition of foreground models and life-sized replicas to enhance the illusion. Among the sites documented in the painting are Cemetery Ridge, the Angle, and the "High-water mark of the Confederacy". The completed original painting was 22 feet high and 279 feet in circumference. The version that hangs in Gettysburg, a recreation of the original, is 27 feet high and 359 feet in circumference, although that version has lost some of its size due to the ravages of time. Its original size is estimated at 42 feet high and 365 feet in circumference. During the viewing of this painting (which you can't believe, it's so beautiful), the museum supplements the painting with light and sound simulating warfare as various battlefields are mentioned in the narration.

The entire cyclorama show had me near tears, it so well done.

We toured the battlefield next. When you tour the battlefield, you can pay for a tour guide to sit in your car and point out the battlesites, your can take a ride on a tour bus, or you can purchase a CD in the 1st floor Museum Gift Shop. We decided to purchase a CD so that we could take our time with the tour and get out of our car when we wanted. Ron and I were mesmerized by all the places we'd read about all of our lives (we're a bit of Civil-War afficionados, since Ron's great Grandfather was wounded seriously there (he lost an arm). The most amazing thing we decided was seeing what a difference there was between actually seeing the battlefield as opposed to viewing topographical maps or pictures.

You just never got the full sense of awe of the distances covered, the incredible courage it took to charge across, or to defend some of that territory until you actually saw the battefield up close.

Sometimes there was a sense amongst us of "my god, what were they thinking?" as we saw some of the sites, like Little Round Top.

The field where Pickett's charge went across was another site that seemed impossible. You can't imagine what Lee was thinking when he ordered that charge.You could see that it had to be a real act of desperation.

The Wheat Field (that changed hands 6 times in 2 1/2 hours) and the Devil's Den were images that will never leave your mind once you've seen them.

I've put some pictures my daughter took for us online on my blog if you'd like to see them.. you do see some of the topology in these pictures, but...

More pictures later!

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