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RE: [midatlanticretro] an interesting story

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  • Chris M
    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
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 6, 2005
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      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@...> wrote:

      > >>> I need to go over this dude's house one of these
      > days
      >
      > So he's in the area? Where? Make sure you preach
      > MARCH to him. :)
      >
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      >
      > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      > Of chrism3667
      > Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2005 12:32 AM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > 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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