a wee bit north and west (I think) of Philly. He's not
into vintage stuph as far as I know, but perhaps I can
get some more cool stuph or at least interesting
stories out of him.
--- Evan <evan947@...
> >>> I need to go over this dude's house one of these
> So he's in the area? Where? Make sure you preach
> MARCH to him. :)
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> Subject: [midatlanticretro] an interesting story
> Something tells me I've told this story before :D.
> Maybe it was
> elsewhere. Ah well, twice won't hurt anyway.
> About a year ago I won a rather peculiar item on
> geekbay. It was some
> weirdo pc card with an onboard 80186 processor. It
> was only 3 bucks so
> I said what the hay (I rarely ask questions before
> bidding, and
> largely do it on a whim). Boards with onboard cpu's,
> even '186's were
> not alien to me, in particular I own an old graphics
> (dual) card made
> by Vermont Microsystems with just that...an onboard
> '186. There was a
> legal battle over the use of some freaky
> triangulation algorithm by
> Auodesk (apparently an employee from VMS went to
> work at Autodesk and
> brought a trade secret with him. Ok just google it).
> Moving right
> along, I got to talking with this guy, the seller of
> the board, and he
> explained it was some type of weirdo communications
> board. He wrote
> the software for a system involving these boards
> back in the 80's. 3
> or 4 of were plopped inside a 12 mhz '286, and was
> the basis for a
> chat server that could handle 600 concurrent users
> in 256 different
> rooms! On a '286! They tried to sell it to Genie, a
> defunct early
> "provider" like Compuserve or even AOL in the
> pre-net days, but they
> instead decided that some big expensive honker mini
> was more suited
> for the task (?). I took the liberty of asking what
> language he
> programmed the software in, assuming it was C or
> C++. Turns out it was
> Modula-2, another earlier object oriented language.
> I don't know, I just found that story very very cool
> when it was
> told. I imagine it would be also to anyone who's
> interested in pushing
> bits along a wire. I need to go over this dude's
> house one of these
> days, and I'd like to ask if he still has the
> software. Anyone
> interested in setting up a Modula-2 based chat
> server? Alright don't
> answer that!
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