FidoNet [was: History [was Re: strangest systems I've sent email from]]

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at
Sat Apr 30 23:05:31 CDT 2016

That's interesting I had a FidoBBs back in 1983  No 33

Written by a guy called Tom Jennings in C.

I had a BT modem type 2B (about the size of a small suitcase)

I modified it to auto answer.

In addition it would dial out at 03:00 to exchange mail at 300baud

There was a version for DEC Rainbow and I was working for DEC at the time.

I asked if i could have one to replace the VT100 on my desk and try out 
any software.

My boss said   "sure - get a couple nobody wants them any way"

I trot off to the stores and ask. They say Oh yeah there's load of 
pallets of them over there.

Promotional stock - nobody wants them no DEC operating system.

How many do you want? he asks Two says I.

He says I'll go and get the fork lift.  Er no - not two pallets full - 
just two boxes !!

Rod Smallwood

On 01/05/2016 03:43, geneb wrote:
> On Sun, 1 May 2016, Tomasz Rola wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:07:34AM -0700, geneb wrote:
>>> On Wed, 27 Apr 2016, Sean Conner wrote:
>> [...]
>>>> Just look into the political machinations of what was known as 
>>>> FidoNet to
>>>> see how this could end up.
>>> What IS known as FidoNet (1:138/142 here. :) ) and it's still a
>>> political shit-show, mostly due to people from Zone 2. *sigh*
>> Pardon my ignorant question but is there a place on the net where I
>> could read some more about it? Or maybe it is short enough to explain
>> here?
> Books could be written about it unfortunately,  One of the more 
> annoying aspects is Bjorn Felten, the current editor of FidoNews - 
> he's refused repeated requests to pass on his editor duties for 
> various reasons and he's refused - for at least the last 10 years.  
> Find a telnetable BBS that's a member of FidoNet and start reading the 
> FidoNews echo for a taste of the insanity.  The Fido Sysop (FNSYSOP) 
> is also a pretty deranged place.
> g.

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