Archive | December, 2008

Hall of fame for eternity

It is of little consequence on the
big scale of things, and many would
say it is of no importance

But they know not what you have
done for me

Smiling for someone’s soul
is a small feat, in this age of
instant satisfaction

And smiling for my heart is a
matter of knowing what I crave

But making the sun rise in just
the right way, and making the
birds sing, that special song,
and making me feel like I’m
something special

That may just put you in the
hall of fame for eternity

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The JAM Message Base Format; part of my history.. :-)

“The JAM Message Base Format was the most popular file format for storing message bases on DOS-based BBSes in the 1990s. JAM stands for “Joaquim-Andrew-Mats” after the original authors of the API Joaquim Homrighausen, Andrew Milner, Mats Birch, and Mats Wallin. Joaquim was the author of FrontDoor, a DOS based FidoNet compatible Mailer. Andrew was the author of RemoteAccess, a popular DOS based Bulletin Board System. JAM was originally released in 1993 in C, however the most popular implementation was Mark May’s “MK Source for Msg Access” written in Pascal which also saw its initial released in 1993.”

Continue reading the article on Wikipedia

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NiKom BBS for the Amiga

“Nikom is a BBS-program that uses modems (or telnet together with the appropriate software, such as telnet.device) to allow “boards” or “meeting rooms” where people can discuss different topics. You can set the topic yourself for these boards, e.g. computers, pets, politics, well pretty much anything you can think of; as long as it adheres to the rules set by the SysOp. Bulletin Board Systems are also used to distribute files, although this particular task is more often handled by Internet these days.” — Quoted and freely translated from www.canit.se/nikom/

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RemoteAccess BBS

RemoteAccess BBS-software and its last official website. RemoteAccess, or RA, as it was also called, was created by Andrew Milner and Phil Mackay in 1989. In its time, it was a very popular piece of software for those running a BBS. Towards the end of its “era”, RemoteAccess was even considered Y2K-safe 🙂 WikiPedia has a page about RemoteAccess here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remoteaccess

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HP Surestore DLT1

A doorstop that was launched in November 2000 by HP. You could squeeze in a massive 80GB on one DLT1 tape at a rocketing speed of 6MB/s (best case). This particular unit has long since been retired.

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Casio SF-8350 Digital Diary

The Casio SF-8350 Digital Diary is an “all-in-one” gadget from 1993. A whopping 64 Kb of RAM and double batteries (so that one could be replaced without losing data). Functions like address book, calculator, world time, notes, alarms, etc. Compare with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Smartphone from 2008. Fascinating to see that the Casio had retained data, I haven’t been using it for over 10 years.

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Statistics Sweden: Can someone turn on the light?

Statistics Sweden is a central government authority for official statistics and other government statistics and in this capacity also has the responsibility for coordinating and supporting the Swedish system for official statistics.” This is according to Statistics Sweden. On their website, one can also read “Statistics Sweden uses a web publishing system for this website, with the primary aim of increasing efficiency and quality in the publication process.”

So upon entering an URL (www.naringslivetregionalt.scb.se) to one of their pages, using Firefox 3, one is greeted with a very high-tech message:

This service supports the following web browsers:

Internet Explorer 6.0
Internet Explorer 7.0

If you have any questions, please contact Statistics Sweden.

Ooookeeey…. what makes this even more “funny” is this, also found on their website:

Which web browser should you use?

Statistics Sweden’s website is optimised for Firefox 1.0 and later and Internet Explorer 6.0 and later.

Now isn’t that special… ! Government agencies really need to get their heads out and realize it’s 2008, not 1998.

Go Go Statistics Sweden, Web 2.0, here we come!

(It’s fascinating that a government agency, that in the year 2007 had a turnover of some 953 million SEK, cannot create a website which handles Firefox 3)

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