======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= +--------------------------+------------------------------------------+ | .----------------------. | dr.debug: dr.debug @ filegate.net | | | A monthly E-Zine | | bbslists: bbslists @ filegate.net | | | published by Fidonet | | articles: fidogazette @ filegate.net| | | to promote BBSing | +------------------------------------------+ | | ____________. | | | | / __ | "Anyone who has never made a mistake | | | / / \ | has never tried anything new." | | | WOOF! ( /|oo \ | Albert Einstein | | \_______\(_| /_) | | | \@/ \ | Got Something To Say? | | .---.\ _ | Say it in the | | (jk) _ |usb| \ \\ | =The FidoGazette= | | / | .___. \ ))| | | / | /_ | / \// | Editor: Janis Kracht | | |___| // || _\ / | janis @ filegate . net | | .--`-. (_|(_|(____/ | janis kracht 1:261/38 | | |____| (jm) | | +--------------------------+------------------------------------------+ ======================================================================= ==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=Contents=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ======================================================================= Contents...................................................(i) Editorial..................................................(1) News from the Z1C..........................................(2) New and Returning Members..................................(2) New on the FileGate........................................(3) Dr.Debug...................................................(4) Food.......................................................(5) Slightly Crusty SysOp......................................(6) New UPDATED! Fidonet Compatible Software List BBS/Mailers/Utilities List...............................(7) FidoGazette BBS List.......................................(8) What, no Serial Ports??....................................(9) Info (Where to Send Articles)..............................(10) Page i ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= Editorial ========= What week over here - or has it been two weeks?? (grin). Motheboard died on my (pretty darn old) Athlon system.. So Ron gave me a spare 64 bit system he had (aw :) ).. We'd bought it a while back, maybe 6 months ago, in a super sale that we happened to catch at Staples.. maybe it was the greatest deal we just happened to 'walk-in' on :).. I remember Ron saying at the time, it would probably be a good system for your bbs/web server,etc.. and I just couldn't do it.. I said, no, the bbs doesn't need all that power, etc. (bg).. and look which one I grabbed Lol It's a Dell 531S with an internal modem which I got to work.. pretty much... then the Dell started with strange problems with my wireless mouse and keyboard... it was a WinModem trying to be ..ah... nice (or not so nice) on the Dell.. so we bought a serial port for the Dell. It was momentarily funny incident.. I'm looking at the box after I got various pieces of software installed.. and there is no serial port for the modem - Just WHEN did mfg'ers decide that serial ports were unnecessary ???? Personally, I was insulted (laugh).. I suppose people would call this a legacy problem .. and folks wonder why Fidonet's growth is slow these day :) :) It's not that we require modems any more, but there _are_ a decent number of people in Zone 1 who for one reason or another don't use the internet to get their mail.. I can understand that, and I'm happy to see modem users in Zone 1. To me, it's more than the historical aspect of things.. I think it's a necessity these days.. when ISPs go down, or storms/floods wipe out DSL, ADSL lines, etc., who will be able to continue getting mail in a timely basis? Not those depending on the internet, that's for sure.. I'm not saying that internet connections don't have any future in Fidonet, we all know they do and they have for a while... but in the end, I'm hoping we see a resurgence of POTS lines, with maybe even radio-shack 'switches' to go between Modem and voice lines (g). It used to be quite common in Fidonet for SysOps to only have one phone line, and use switches and ring tones to go detect 'who or what' was calling :) Just my take on things :) =#= Page 1 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= Notes From The Z1C ================== It would seem to be insane to hope to join fidonet sometimes.. kind of sick.. This IS NOT going to help Fidonet.. And though I know for a fact sometimes nodes aren't quite 'ready', it would be nice if someone could help those having trouble, if that's the problem. R14 has agreed to give a home to a couple of the nodes* below who've been waiting quite a long time to get in the nodelist. (Thanks Jon :)) New/Returning SysOps: ==================== Made it in the nodelist - Hey welcome :) * Michael Capp R 11 1:120/602 * John Meeks R 18 Nashville, TN * Kris Jones R 18 Clearwater, FL * Mike Soper R 19 Midland Texas -=-Still Waiting-=- :( Eric Oulashin R 17 Eugene, OR Shanta McBain R 17 Enderby, BC Sam Bright R 17 Wasilla, AK * Jesse Cussins R 10 Las Vegas, Nevada Jason McManus R 10 Harvey Simpson R 18 Joelton, TN Christopher D. Coccimiglio R 12 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Robert Ridigns Z3, New Zealand In the Works: Bob Burba R11 Dayton, OH USA Den Gusev Z2 Vorkuta, Russia =#= Page 2 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= New on the Filegate: % FDN: bbs-scene.org FDN % Coordinator: Frank Linhares, 1:250/100 % % Internet: http://bbs-scene.org % Backbone conference: BBS-SCENE % PATH: DIRECT % HUB: Yes % ------------------------------------------------------------------------ % File Echo Description %------------------------------------------------------------------------- Area SCENEMOD 0 ! SCENE: Doors and Mods for bbs-scene.org Area SCENELST 0 ! SCENE: bbs-scene.org bbs list Area SCENEENT 0 ! SCENE: Enthral BBS Support Area SCENEUHQ 0 *& SCENE: Upstream to bbs-scene.org HQ Thanks Frank! Sounds like a great idea. Page 3 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= ========= |Dr. Debug| ========= Mailers and EchoMail setup Problems: Can't cover them all there, and this shouldn't be taken to replace YOUR docs, but hopefully enough examples can help you someday :) Q: My mailer isn't working.. it was fine before today.. A1: Check for corrupted files.. if you're using an ARCMail attach mailer like FD, check the status of your nodelist.. you may just need a new copy of the nodelist. Once you'd replaced the nodelist, you'd need to run your fd nodelist data compiler (fdnc)... You can always pick up a 'fresh' nodelist at http://www.filegate.net/nodelist/nodelist.z?? where ?? is the week number (like 89, etc.) A2: If you are using BBBS, did you run bcfg4 and save the config (esc+save rather than esc+ exit, no save) when you had your bbs nodes running? Did you have any users on your system? that's a no-no unless you have specific semiphore files in your bbbs directory (see sysop.gui, 'Files in the bbbs directory'). If you did have nodes running when you saved bcfg4's config without semiphores limiting access, a complete reinstall may be necessary :( Copy what you can from bcfg4 (node number, etc.) and make a copy of external.bbb with a different filename.. your new install may overwrite your old external.bbb (depends on how you do the reinstall). In copying external.bbb to some other name, you'll preserve your passwords and file echo prefs for downlinks and uplinks. You'll still have to add all your echos with global:confs F5 to pull in a list like backbone.na, but you'll have who gets what in your old external.bbb file. A3: Argus, Radius clones: First check the obvious things.. the paths to your archivers, your node number, routing, etc. If you still get errors, check http://www.filegate.net/zone1/ar-index.html for step-by-step setup of Argus.. the other clones should be close ... A4: if you're running Binkd, check out my setup (old one,but it's a good example) at http://www.filegate.net/zone1/binkd.html For the line that runs binkd, I'm now running 1.0, so I run it with ./binkd10 binkd.cfg -q Q: My Echmail setup stopped working! A1: FD Maybe someone will fill in for this - It's been a while since I ran FD :) A2: BBBS: Go to you're [echomail] section in BBBS's external.bbb [echomail] gr tag bbsname AddAkas ====================================================================== X 10TH_AMD fido.10TH_AMD 1:261/100 [wraps] flags Export ============= [wraps] SV 1:123/500 Check for the obvious.. is that YOUR aka under akas? That's what you want there, or just a - (dash) if you don't need to list akas. The reason I do is because I toss all my mail as 1:261/38, but also have some people connecting to 261/100. Next, make sure the node who's getting the echo from you or who is delivering it is in your [nodes] section, and make sure he's got the X flag (under the [echomail] section, it's the first letter in the line) in the [nodes] flag section: [nodes] ; node spass apass ppass tpass gr st pa route ; --------- ------- ------- ------- ----- --- -- -- ----- 1:123/500 passwd passwd passwd passwd XFG C 2 1:123/* So 123/500 gets any echos in groups X, F or G.. in other words, echos with those letters in the first spot in the [echomail] section.. Also, check the paths to your archivers.. be sure they are where you have said they are in external.bbb (normally the default install gets them right). A3: SBBS (synchronet) Again.. check your archiver paths, and make sure your inbound path and outbound paths match with whatever paths you've set up in the mailer you're using (Binkd, argus, radius, etc.). Check in your sync setup to make sure that if you're using Binkd, you've got Binkley Outbounds selected (or I think the program uses the term B-O for binkley outbounds). Here's a set up for SBBSEcho that Robert Starr sent me a while back so you might as well check that as well :) This set up would be for a node connecting to me as their uplink (1:261/38) who is running SBBS - FLO mailer means the node is using one of the Argus clones (ArcMail Attach, not B-O). ===========cut here========start sbbsecho config========== NOTIFY 1 FLO_MAILER ELIST_ONLY LOGFILE d:\sbbs\data\logs\sbbsecho.log (can change) LOG ALL INBOUND d:\sbbs\radius\inbox\ (comment: can change, for each ftn program) SECURE_INBOUND d:\sbbs\radius\inbox\secure\ (comment: can change, for each ftn program) OUTBOUND d:\sbbs\radius\outbox\ (comment: can change, for each ftn program) DIRECT 1:261/38 PACKER ZIP 0 504B PACK %!pkzip %f %s UNPACK %!pkunzip %f %s END USEPACKER ZIP 1:261/38 1:ALL 2:ALL 3:ALL 4:ALL 5:ALL 6:ALL 10:ALL AREAFIX 1:261/38 ****** ROUTE_TO 1:261/38 1:261/38 1:ALL 2:ALL 3:ALL 4:ALL 5:ALL 6:ALL =================cut here======end sbbsecho config======== This node routes all his netmail through my system so if he say wants to send a netmail to someone in Zone2, SBBS will route it to me, and my system will forward it to Zone 2. Page 4 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= -=-=-=-=-=- F O O D Even sysops have to eat! -=-=-=-=-=- By Janis Kracht, 1:261/38 Want to contribute something here? Send your submission to fidogazette 'at' filegate.net or email janis at filegate.net, or janis kracht at 1:261/38 (binkp filegate.net) and it will get published here in the next issue :) Apple/Bluberry Cake =================== This is a cake/bread my grandma always had in her freezer for when people popped in on her.. we always loved it, and I was so glad my Mom had the recipe.. Grandma's recipe was originally just apples, raisins, and pecans... I added bluberries since I had about a cup or so, and didn't want them to go unused :) When I add bluberries to this, I skip the raisins. Preheat oven to 350F 4 cups diced fresh apples [optional: about a cup of fresh bluberries, see note*] 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 eggs beaten 3 cups unsifted flour [see note*] 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans [optional: 1 cup chopped raisins, see note*] Grease 2-9x5" bread pans. Combine apples, sugar and the 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and let stand for 30-35 minutes, or until the juices run from the apples. Combine oil, vanilla, eggs and add to the apple mixture. *Stir in the blueberries if you're using them. If you use frozen, you'll have to add about 2-3 tablespoons more flour to the mix below. When I add blueberries, I skip the raisins in this recipe. Combine the flour, baking powder, soda and 2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt and mix well into the fruit mixture. *Stir in the raisins and chopped pecans. Pour into the prepared bread pans. Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. *Note: if you use frozen blueberries, you may have to add about another 5 minutes or so to the baking time. =#= Page 5 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= The Slightly Crusty Sysop Sean Dennis 1:18/200 It's been a long while since I've written a column. Unfortunately, life threw me a hard curveball and I've yet to recover completely for it, but I'm here now. Up here in the mountains, the leaves are turning brilliant reds and oranges; makes for a spectacular sight if you drive up into the higher elevations where it's been colder than it has been down here in the valleys. With the cooler weather comes more activity in Fidonet and BBSing in general. I've noticed a little uptick in activity so far but not much. Maybe this is a good time to introduce former BBS users and sysops back to the fun and fellowship that BBSing brings. You could also introduce new people to BBSing-seems there's a resurgance in "old technology" these days with all the hubbub and noise of the Internet. Thankfully things have been mellow so far in Fidonet these days from what I've seen; more people getting along and talking about things they have in common rather than argue. Then again, I've not visited a Fidonet administration echo in a long time.
Not much else to write about...Janis is about to put this issue out and I promised her I'd have something to put in this issue. I'll try to write more next month when things are hopefully settled down around my house and I can concentrate more. As always, your comments are welcome-your flames are not. Please netmail me at 1:18/200 with the subject line containing "Crusty Sysop". =#= Page 6 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= I'm frequently asked by folks either just joining or coming back to Fidonet about what software options there are these days for Fidonet nodes. This is a list of Fidonet compatible software put together by Robert Couture, who was one of our past SysOps, RC, and FileGate HUB. Thanks to Sean Dennis for comletely rewriting this list, and taking over it's updating for FidoGazette :) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= BBS Software List Updated 14 October 2010 Maintained by Sean Dennis (1:18/200) Editors Emeritus: Robert Couture, Janis Kracht Type: M=Mailer T=Tosser B=BBS D=Door C=Comm/Terminal P=Points E=Editor I=Internet U=Utility F=Info *=Software is available, but no longer supported or updated. @=Website is operating but is no longer updated. ?=Software's updating/support status is unknown. O=Software is open source. .- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -. |Software: Author |Type |URL, Contact, Ver, Notes Help Node| `- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -' Argus |MI*? |http://www.ritlabs.com/en/products/argus/ | | v3.210 on Mar 29 2001 BinkleyTerm XE |MO* |http://btxe.sourceforge.net | | 2.60XE Beta-XH7 on Oct 22 2000 BinkD |MI? |http://2f.ru/binkd/ | | email@example.com | | v0.94 on Jul 24 2000 (Outdated) | |http://www.filegate.net/r50/aftnbinkd/ FIDO-Deluxe IP |MPUI |http://www.fido-deluxe.de.vu 2:2432/280 Michael Haase | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | v2.4 on Sep 26 2003 FrontDoor, FD/APX: |MITPC|http://www.defsol.se 2:201/330 Definite Solutions |? | email@example.com | | v2.26SW & v2.33ml FD, v1.15 APX Husky Project |MTPUI|http://husky.sourceforge.net/ |O? | v1.9 RC2 on Apr 20 2010 Taurus |MI |http://www.fidotel.com/public/forums/ (based on Radius) |? | taurus/index.htm | | v5.0 Jun 12 2006 | | T-mail |MI |http://www.tmail.spb.ru (Russian only) |? | v2608 on Dec 12 2001 WildCat! Interactive |MTBEI|http://www.santronics.com Net Server, Platinum| | firstname.lastname@example.org Xpress: Santronics | | Software, Inc. | | +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ Fidogate |TUI |http://www.fidogate.org |? | v4.4.10 on Aug 27 2004 | | FMail |TO*? |http://fmail.sourceforge.net/ | | v1.60 on Mar 8 2008 | | Source code only! JetMail: JetSys |TU |http://www.jetsys.de 2:2432/1101 (ATARI ST only) | | email@example.com | | v1.01 on Jan 1st 2000 Squish |T* |http://www.filegate.net/maximus_bbs/ | | v1.11R2 on Jan 1 2009 | | +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ BBBS |BICTM|http://www.bbbs.net 2:22/222 | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | v4.01 on January 28 2007 EleBBS |BO*? |http://www.elebbs.com | | v0.10.RC1 on Jun 9 2002 Ezycom BBS |BT |http://www.ezycom-bbs.com 3:690/682 | | v2.15g2 on Nov 16 2009 Hermes II Project |BT |http://www.hermesbbs.com/ Macintosh-based | | email@example.com | | v3.5.10b3 Maximus BBS |BO* |http://www.filegate.net/maximus_bbs/ | | v3.03 | | Source code available at: | | http://maximus.sourceforge.net/ MBSE BBS: |BIO? |http://mbse.sourceforge.net 2:280/2802 Michiel Broek | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | v0.92.0 on Oct 16 2007 Mystic BBS |BO* |http://www.mysticbbs.com | | v1.07.3 on May 13th 2001 RemoteAccess BBS: |B? |http://www.rapro.com 1:1/120 Bruce Morse | | email@example.com | | v2.62.2SW Spitfire BBS: Buffalo|B? |http://www.buffalocrk.com/ Creek Software | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | v3.6 on Aug 20 1999 Synchronet BBS |BTIO |http://www.synchro.net 1:103/705 | | v3.13a on Sep 2005 Telegard BBS |B* |http://www.telegard.net | | v3.09g2-sp4/mL on Dec 19 1999 +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ Cheepware |DU |http://kd5col.info/cheepware.html Sean Dennis | | email@example.com 1:18/200 DDS (Doorware |D@ |http://www.doorgames.org Distribution System)| | firstname.lastname@example.org Ruth Argust | | Jibben Software |D* |http://www.jibbensoftware.com/ | | bbs-door-games.cfm | | email@example.com | | 1995-99 Release dates John Dailey Software |DU? |http://www.johndaileysoftware.com Shining Star |D* |http://www.shiningstar.net/bbsdoors/ | | firstname.lastname@example.org Sunrise Doors: |D |http://www.sunrisedoors.com Al Lawrence | | email@example.com | | Tel: (404) 256-9518 The Brainex System |D |http://www.brainex.com/brainex_system/ | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | 1994-99 Releases Trade Wars |D* |http://www.eisonline.com/tradewars/ | | email@example.com | | v3.09 (DOS-32) in 2002 Vagabond Software: |DU* |http://http://vbsoft.dhakota.org Bryan Turner | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | last update: Apr 11 2008 +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ CrossPoint (XP) |P? |http://www.crosspoint.de (German only) | | email@example.com | | v3.12d on Dec 22 1999 FreeXP |P |http://www.freexp.de (German only) | | firstname.lastname@example.org | | v3.42 on Jun 27 2010 +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ GoldEd+ |EO*? |http://golded-plus.sourceforge.net/ | | v1.1.5 (Snapshot) on Apr 29 2010 SqEd32 |E |http://www.sqed.de 2:2476/493 | | v1.15 on Dec 15 1999 | | Website is in German and English +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ Internet Rex: |UI? |http://members.shaw.ca/InternetRex/ Charles Cruden | | telnet://xanadubbs.ca 1:342/806 (Khan Software) | | v2.29 on Oct 21st 2001 TransNet |UIO? |http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mressl/ | | transnet/index.html | | email@example.com | | v2.11 on Sep 13 2007 Ifmail |UIO |http://ifmail.sourceforge.net | | firstname.lastname@example.org Meltdown-BBS |UIO |http://meltdown-bbs.sourceforge.net/ | | v1.0b on Apr 26 2004 MakeNL |UO |http://www.filegate.net/coordutl/ | | v3.2.9 on Feb 1 2010 +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ Telnet/Dialup BBS |F |http://www.telnetbbsguide.com 1:275/89 Guide | | Maintained by Dave Perrussel | | This is probably the most updated BBS | | list on the Internet for a general | | BBS list. Synchronet BBS List |F |http://www.synchro.net/sbbslist.html | | Maintained automatically | | This list is specifically for | | Synchronet-based BBS systems and is | | automatically updated nightly. +- - - - - - - - - - -+- - -+- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+ File Archives: http://archives.thebbs.org http://www.filegate.net/ http://www.bbscorner.com (FTP access via port 60721) http://sysopscorner.thebbs.org http://www.simtel.net http://www.bbsfiles.com http://hobbes.nmsu.edu (OS/2 specific) Note: most also provide FTP access (use ftp:// instead of http:// above) If you have corrections, suggestions or additions to the information above, please contact Sean Dennis with your information via netmail at 1:18/200 (preferred) or email at email@example.com. Page 7 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= !!! G A Z E T T E B B S L I S T !!! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-= By bbslist @ filegate.net Send updates, changes to address above or to janis @ filegate.net. System.......Christian Fellowship FidoAddress..1:266/512 Phone........1-856-933-7096 Software.....PCBoard 15.3 OS...........Windows XP pro C/B Verify...Manually via email or voice usually within 24 hours. Access.......Read only until verified. Once verified write access to Msg bases, file areas, chat and doors/games. Telnet.......cfbbs.dtdns.net or cfbbs.no-ip.com =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- System.......Lightning BBS FidoAddress..1:311/2 Software.....Virtual Advanced OS...........Windows XP C/B Verify...None Access.......First call access to doors, files and message reading. Message posting requires validation. Telnet.......lightningbbs.com www:.........http:/www.lightningbbs.com/index.php Thanks to VADV-PHP you can access almost everything the BBS has to offer from the web, with the exception of door games. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- System.......Lionsden BBS FidoAddress..1:224/303 Phone........613-392-8896 Software.....Sunchronet OS...........Windows XP C/B Verify...None Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas. Telnet.......lionsden.darktech.org telnet access offers full features of the standard bbs such as doors, qwkmail, Files, etc. www:.........http:/www.lionsden.darktech.org You will redirected to a menu where you can choose one of three sites. The first one is private and requires PW to get into. FTP..........FTP://lionsden.darktech.org Files only =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- System..........Nocturnal State BBS FidoAddress..1:18/200 Phone........423-926-7999 Software.....Ezycom v2.15g2 OS...........OS/2 Warp 4.52 C/B Verify...None Access.......Manual verification for full access Telnet.......nsbbs.darktech.org www:.........http://kd5col.info =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- System.......Prism BBS FidoAddress..1:261/38 Phone........607-655-5652 Software.....BBBS LiI v4.01 Flag # OS...........Linux (Ubuntu) C/B Verify...None Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, file areas, all features of the BBS. Telnet.......filegate.net telnet access offers full features of the standard bbs such as doors, qwkmail, BWmail,Files, chat, group chat, etc. www:.........http:/www.filegate.net:8080/bbbs web interface is limited to reading messages and replying online, or downloading messages in qwk packets, but not uploading them, file download access, guest account. FTP: ftp.filegate.net, port 60721. public access to file areas (please note change of port for public access). =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- System.......Roach Guts BBS FidoAddress..1:396/60 Phone:.......337-433-4135 Software.....Maximus on Port 23 (primary) Synchronet on Port 24 (temporary) OS...........Windows XP C/B Verify...None Access.......First call access to doors, files and message reading. Message posting requires validation. Telnet.......roachguts.com =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- System.......Time Warp of the Future BBS FidoAddress..1:14/400 Phone........none Software.....sbbs 3.15a (very beta) OS...........win. (xp pro. sp3) C/B Verify...None Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas. Telnet.......time.synchro.net:24 or time.darktech.org:24 or timewarpfuture.dyndns.org:24 telnet access offers full features of the standard bbs such as doors, messages or file area etc. www:.........http://time.synchro.net:81 Web interface is limited really to reading messages and replying online, or downloading messages in qwk packets, but not uploading them, and file download access. SBBS files available. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- =#= Page 8 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 ======================================================================= What, no Serial Ports?? By Janis Kracht I guess it's a sign of how long I've been working with computers.. I really expected to see serial ports on that darn 64 bit Dell. Guess I haven't been paying much attention to such things (g). I needed to get something going on it though, once I'd gotten the bbs's telnet and binkp nodes going. The first modem I tried on the Dell was a Conexant Internal Data/fax modem. I found the name of the modem inside the box with the lspci command: janis@filegate:~$ lspci [...lots of other info...] 01:09.0 Communication controller: Conexant Systems, Inc. HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem Ok, Cool, I thought, at least for now. If I could get this going for just a few days, that would work until I got the serial port I needed for my U.S.Robotics V.Everything modem. A google seach for 'Ubuntu Conexant modem' brought me to this page: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=36091 (How to configure your conexant modem with ubuntu) There was link for an HSF modem driver, which is what this beast was.. http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hsf/full/downloads.php but it was a link to a shareware driver that operated at 14400 unless registered for $19.95 (GEEZ I hate crippleware) so I ignored that one and kept looking.. I finally found this file at dell.com (dummy, why not go there first): hsfmodem-7.80.02.05x86_64dell-1.m4500.x86_64.rpm It needed to be converted to a .deb file (preferable for ubuntu) or tar.gz so I could install it here easily. There was a .deb version on Dell's ftp site, but it was for 32bit architecture and my system didn't like that one (g). Ubuntu's 'alien' command took care of that.. and created the .deb I needed.. seemed fine.. Once extracted/installed, I had new files in the /dev directory: crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 71 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF7 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 70 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF6 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 69 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF5 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 68 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF4 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 67 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF3 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 66 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF2 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 65 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF1 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 240, 64 2010-10-07 16:31 /dev/ttySHSF0 along with the /dev/ttyS? files crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 67 2010-10-07 16:30 /dev/ttyS3 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 66 2010-10-07 16:30 /dev/ttyS2 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 65 2010-10-07 16:30 /dev/ttyS1 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 64 2010-10-07 16:30 /dev/ttyS0 though ttyS0 and the other ttyS? files did nothing. BBBS didn't mind the funny ttySHSF0 name so for a few days all was well.. then the system locked up tight.. and made some horrific growling noises as the dual CPUs over heated repeatedly, and the fan went quite crazy :( :( The dual CPUs on the system got so hot you could feel it through the box.. I KNEW we had to get a serial port and get the USRobotics modem going before that darn driver killed the CPUs :( The Conexant modem was a Win-Modem after all so it didn't surprise me that a programmer developing this driver for Linux could have had some bugs in the driver (g). We bought a MosChip 9865, 2 port serial card. My system saw that card as soon as I rebooted after putting it in, so now lspci reported: [...] 01:09.0 Communication controller: Conexant Systems, Inc. HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem 01:0a.0 Serial controller: NetMos Technology PCI 9865 Multi-I/O Controller 01:0a.1 Serial controller: NetMos Technology PCI 9865 Multi-I/O Controller Someone told me to make sure I disabled the internal modem if I was going to use my trusty exeternal USRobotic's modem.. but guess what.. under linux if you don't plug a phone line into the back of the system, it doesn't care :) Makes plenty of sense if you check the irq's the two modems use.. both installs told me what interrupt the modems would be using but a look at /proc/interrupts displays it as well: 17: 3 1344 IO-APIC-fasteoi hsfpcibasic2 18: 0 30 IO-APIC-fasteoi mcs9865-serial 19: 168 160730 IO-APIC-fasteoi mcs9865-serial So once again I was on a search for a recent driver for the serial card.. We'd bought the card at a local computer shop, so not surprisingly, the driver it came with didn't seem very 'new' (we and the salesperson had to dig around the shop for that card (g))...So I went to moschip.com and found one from 2009.. (thanks for the comment in Z1C, Jerry :) ) The driver needed to be compiled, but the PDf file it came with was simple to follow.. Put the archive in Root's Desktop directory, extract the file with the command 'tar xvzf filename' and type make, then make install. boom.. that was it.. I now had: crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 201, 0 2010-10-07 19:31 /dev/ttyD0 crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 201, 1 2010-10-14 01:28 /dev/ttyD1 plus all the other tty* files above.. :) I plugged in the modem into one of the ports, moved the bbs phone line from the conexant into the USRobotics modem, told BBBS the new name for the port, and that was it (grin). Needless to say, I'm a happy camper :) =#= Page 9 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number VII July, 2010 ======================================================================= INFO: Fidogazette is published by Janis Kracht, Editor, with the help of Richard Webb 1:116/901 (Old School ToolBox), and Sean Dennis 1:18/200 (The Slightly Crusty Sysop). If you have an idea for a column or a series of articles, please contact me :) New! Email subsriptions via www.filegate.net, but of course you can always link into your uplink and use Tick or a tick compatible program: Where to Send Your Articles Unlike most editors, I surely do not mind running my mouth when there is a sparcity of articles for the 'zine. 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Linux is nice that way (g). Spell checking your own work will help though (something I'm typically guilty of (g)). To send reviews or recipes to the Food section, email or netmail Janis as above. To send a question to Dr. Debug, email a question to dr.debug @ filegate.net or post in the fidogazette echo! :) To send a listing to the fidogazette internet bbs list, send your bbs listing to bbslist @ filegate.net or post it in the fidogazette echo! :) Page 10 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume IV Number X October, 2010 =======================================================================