Evan Koblentz <evan@...
>This summer we'll have a sixth exhibit room available to show "modern
>history". One of the things we can/should show is a dial-in BBS.
>Meanwhile, this summer/fall, we'll want to put one info kiosk in each
>room (in the form of a dumb terminal, or maybe just an LCD+keyboard if
>space is an issue).
>I don't remember who said this, but a while back someone suggested that
>a single server could easily run both of these systems. Then someone
>suggested that we should use a modern computer for this purpose, rather
>than a period-appropriate one, for ease of maintenance.
>So, in the next week or two, I'd like MARCHins (either solo or in small
>groups) to email me off-list with your proposals for building this
>system. The prize (or catch, depending on your perspective!) is that
>the winner must actually implement it in a timely manner. Bluntly:
>please do not make a proposal if you have no time to actually build,
>deliver, and install it in summer 2011.
>I'm not * against * using a period-appropriate server for this purpose,
>as long as it's reliable and doesn't require special training to use.
>The basic requirements: - must be all-around reliable (we don't want to
>worry about the drives, etc.) - must not be physically large (not much
>bigger than a modern desktop PC) - must rely on cheap hardware (we have
>no space for large towers or racks) - must run simple BBS software
>(users can log in and see something from the 80s) - must give dial-in
>experience (users to experience the modem sound, speed, etc.) - must
>host terminal pages (if vintage) or modern HTML/CSS equivalents - must
>connect to readily available terminals or PC clients, not pricey thin
>clients - must have some kind of admin/content app that your
>pointy-haired prez can use ;)
>Proposals will be judged by the MARCH officers (me, Andy Meyer, Bill
>Let the brainstorming commence. But remember, I will only accept
>proposals in off-list, organized documents that answer ALL of the
>requirements, including timeframe and cost (if applicable). I don't
>want to get bombarded with myriad emails describing parts of systems,
>and I especially don't want to see emails stating what * other people*
>We'll name the system in honor of the winner(s)!
NOTES-11 on a MicroVAX would be very close to vintage. NOTES-11 has been
about since mid-'70s so it's vintage. A MicroVAX would be mid-'80's but
with a SCSI interface its drives are faster that other period devices and
easily replaced. It would also know how to properly talk VT100 and some
other terminal protocols and handle modem dialup as Internet wasn't quite
ubiquitous yet in 1984. I have ample MacroVAX-3100 kit. Smaller and much
more powerful than PeeCee boxes of its vintage.
If you want to see DEC NOTES in action, you can get a free account on the
"Deathrow" cluster and check it out for yourself. There's now also a web
based front-end to NOTES which might simplify its access for some.
Just my $0.035 worth ($0.02 adjusted for current dollar devaluation)