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[#] Mon May 13 2019 09:54:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well then, welcome! And die in a car fire! (That's the friendly customary greeting around here, dontcha know.) Always a pleasure to have old-skool

Citadel veterans around.

[#] Mon May 13 2019 21:07:30 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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I always thought it was a shame that the few different areas that had very strong Citadel communities never really grew into one bigger community. Even when node-based rooms started allowing us to have more interaction across the nation - it just never really took off. Then the Internet showed up and The BBSes all kind of died. Thing is, the way social media is going - I feel like this is the real back-alley of the Internet today.

[#] Tue May 14 2019 01:55:07 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Well, I finally made it through a full cycle... although there were quite a few rooms I just <g>oto-ed right past.

[#] Tue May 14 2019 08:55:14 EDT from fleeb

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In some ways, I miss the dialup days of BBSing.

Conversations were much more entertaining back then.

Or maybe we were all younger a little more insane.

[#] Tue May 14 2019 10:27:14 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I think that when BBS's were all we had, we had a focused place for discussion and storytelling. Now too many people, spread out those opportunities.

[#] Tue May 14 2019 13:04:29 EDT from zooer

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Your mission ParanoidDelusions, should you decide to accept it is to find the hidden rooms. 


[#] Tue May 14 2019 14:39:19 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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.goto C64Warez

.goto Pr0nHaven


I miss the dial-up days too. I miss the simplicity of machines you could understand and manipulate directly. I miss the decentralized nature of telecommunications, the DIY quality of it. All this talk about how the Internet was causing the Democratization of information - turns out that was BS. It caused these authoritarian City States like Facebook and Twitter to arise on the information highway. 

Which is a damn shame. 

[#] Thu May 16 2019 19:33:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Internet showed up and The BBSes all kind of died. Thing is, the way

social media is going - I feel like this is the real back-alley of the

Internet today.

Even on the Internet, the BBSs that were able to migrate there did pretty well. Dialup died in a hurry.

The dynamics became different, though. Since you no longer had to connect to a node close to you, we didn't need as many of them. This unfortunately was taken to the extreme, and now many new users don't even remember a time when there were more than four web sites.

I still have hope that the ultra-nazis who run the big socials will continue to become so repressive that it forces the re-democratization of the Internet.
The more Mark Zuckerberg (aka Hitler 2.0) tightens his grip, the more frustrated users slip through his fingers.

This BBS doesn't cost me anything to run. It will be here forever. And I'm always keeping an eye on distributed/federated social networking projects. If one ever manages to break out into the mainstream, it *will* be implemented in Citadel.

[#] Sat May 18 2019 03:20:33 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Ig... today, Facebook sent me a message that was basically, "Your account may be compromised, log in to change your password and verify recent changes." 

I did. The changes were things I had shared like a link to Trump's "Did you get banned on Facebook unfairly" page. 

I changed my password. Said, "No, I really meant to post this shit..." 

Now I can't log in. It says the password I chose (a fairly easy to remember one) is wrong. 

So here I am. 

You might be right. You... your users... should support my Citadel. HTTP HTTPS (telnet)

And my small handful of users should support yours. 

Because we're in this together, at this point. Add content. Make rooms, make posts. Add value. Create an alternative. 

It is all we've got. 

Also... my SSL/HTTPS site doesn't seem to work for some users, especially people using iPhone and Safari Mobile. I am not sure what the problem is. Don't know how to fix it. Log in using the HTTP site, and then change the port to 4916 - and you'll get an HTTPS site... but the cert is self signed - it will still say it is insecure. 

Just another way they seem to be making it hard for the little guys. 


[#] Sun May 19 2019 07:20:19 EDT from The Dust Council

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I think that when BBS's were all we had, we had a focused place for
discussion and storytelling. Now too many people, spread out those

That is missing, plus there are a whole lot of Internet users who don't want to read more than a soundbite - 3 or 4 lines at a time. One of the things that provided context also was the constraints of the local calling area in which locations were common settings and places to the participants in the conversation.

Hi I'm new and yours was the first message I read.

[#] Sun May 19 2019 20:50:30 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Welcome Dust Council. In the normal way of things I should tell you "Die in a car fire.." But in this case I will just apologize to you that my words were the first you read.

[#] Tue May 21 2019 06:59:03 EDT from fleeb

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Still, just in case it wasn't clear, 'die in a car fire.'

'Cause we're friendly like that.

[#] Mon May 27 2019 03:48:00 EDT from arabella

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Automotive Incendiary Greetings to our new people

[#] Wed May 29 2019 19:03:23 EDT from wizard of aahz

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A belated "You're getting older.. " message to the appropriate person from all of us in Chez Perv.

[#] Thu May 30 2019 01:44:41 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Not me. I'm mentally arrested and it is still 1987 and I'm running a C-64 Warez board, in my mind... 

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[#] Thu May 30 2019 01:45:08 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Ig taught me a new trick - he will soon come to regret. :) 


[#] Thu May 30 2019 01:57:27 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Heh - So PD - was it a C-Net?? I used to tell those people to get a SFD cause they were forever running out of drive space.

[#] Thu May 30 2019 02:07:43 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Nah... I was always an extraordinary C-64 Warez h4x0rZ... 

I ran Cit 86, Novu 86 and Asgard 86 on a NEC v10 with a 140mb ESDI hard drive... for about 10 seconds it was the largest West Coast C-64 Warez board... also Amiga, ST, and PC... 

It was called The Amiga Archives - and seemed totally business upfront... 

But oh the private rooms. 

I had a Newtek Digitek scanner with a color wheel and a stack of Penthouse, Hustler and Playboy back issues going back to the early 70s. 

For a little period of time I was probably the preeminent provider of digital porn on the West Coast. Long before Larry Flint realized that was going to eclipse his print publication. 

And I just gave it all away for free. 

[#] Thu May 30 2019 02:09:05 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Sure hope the statute of limitations has run out on that. 

If not... all just bragging and bravado. I couldn't Sysop a BBS if my life depended on it. I'm a functional idiot. 


[#] Thu May 30 2019 02:09:29 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Also... I was under 18. 




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