You were 2:25/108 at Bexhill-on-Sea? My knowledge of how to read a nodelist is fading...
They were never really supposed to be human-readable anyway.
Although one qualification for a nodelist listing of your own was always supposed to be the ability to write your own entry.
Yes, that was one of my later incarnations -- I had several, over the years. As was my holding of the office of REC25, a job with little associated work by the time I took it, sadly.
I still miss Fidonet. A worldwide, non-state/corporate-controlled, public access network, designed with cost-minimisation built in. (Tom Jennings never got the recognition he deserved.) It taught me more about written communication than any college course.
Its last hurrah, from my viewpoint, is probably the fact that I use The Bat! for email, have it configured for plain text and use the author's initials for quotes. Nothing else I've ever found does that properly!
I myself did a fair amount of liaising with authors, mostly freeware but some shareware. Most of what I knew about DOS freeware I either learned from, or contributed to, the Free Software for DOS list.
Not somewhere I knew about. Just been to look, briefly -- some real blasts from the past!
The one that stands out -- Protext! Good grief -- the WP that spanked Locoscript on the Amstrad CP/M boxes but still somehow never made it to the big time.
I also quite like the phrase "Simple and advancxed text editors", which suggests it was written without using one.
Vista Home Premium seems so different, I have trouble wrestling with its DOS emulation. I suppose I'm just getting rusty, and simply reluctant to tackle unnecessary complexities.
I have yet to attempt to get to grips with PowerShell. That certainly
looks very different, but I suspect I'm going to have to tackle it sometime.
my BBS finally turned up its toes and I reluctantly decided that FidoNet just wasn't going to justify the effort of rebuilding it.Similarly, when my feed disappeared, I gave up as there was by then so little traffic.
Fido stayed strong in some parts of Europe for quite a while after it died in the US and UK, I believe, but it was always something that needed a particular "critical mass" to keep it going -- those few of us left in the UK by the end just couldn't compete with the increasingly affordable internet, despite the relative lack of security associated with it.
No, I think it came because I'm a registered user of USBSR (with lifetime license) and Crystal Rich give away free licenses from time to time.
Fair enough. But I also have a lifetime licence, and they never offered a free Zentimo license to me! (Possibly my discussion with them about the lifetime license not covering Zentimo mitigated against it! Or the fact that I'd got a GOTD freebie.)