From the beginning

Background, history and purpose of Waldo's Place USA.

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From the beginning

Postby wkitty42 » Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:52 pm

Wplace (aka is the internet side of Waldo's Place USA, an 'old style' BBS (aka Dialup Bulletin Board System). Wplace and Waldo's Place USA both reside on the same machine(s) and are fully accessible via dialup lines and the internet.

The main machine is running with an Intel Pentium II 266Mhz CPU with 96Meg of RAM and just over 12GIG of online storage space. The operating system we are running is IBM's OS/2 WARP v3.0 Connect. OS/2 has been, without a doubt, THE MOST STABLE operating system that I have had the pleasure of running in the 20+ years I've been involved in the computer industry.

This system is also a member of a "hobby" network known as FIDONET. Our main Fidonet address is 1:3634/12 and is online and accepting calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Unfortunately, we don't have any way of tying these message areas to those in the old BBS due to the [ahem] differences in technology.

If you want to access the older DOS style BBS side of the system via the internet, all you need to do is to click on "TELNET TO THE BBS" and choose to use either the JAVA-Telnet client or whatever telnet client your system uses by default. If you do not have a telnet client or you would like to find out about another one you may not be using, read the section entitles "A WORD ABOUT TELNET". You do not have to click on a button or link, though. You may simply open your telnet client and enter as the destination address. Make sure you set your emulation to ANSI or ANSI-BBS and remember, there is no mouse support as there weren't any meeces around when this stuff got started :).

We've also made the BBS file areas available via a link to the FTP server if you want to take a look around. Just log in as anonymous and use your email address as your password, you know... the usual routine :) :) All the file areas on the BBS are available via FTP (as well as HTTP) but we generally do not have any index files for the areas. Using HTTP to access the file areas will place you in pages with the file descriptions pretty much like you'd see if you dialed in via POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) or telneted into the BBS portion of the system.
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