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Offline jfoust

Re: Transcripts from dial-up services?
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2015, 12:13:48 AM »
So what's under the hood of the FidoNet web?  I planned to do it in PHP and MySQL.  

I used to talk with Tom Jennings about ASCII art, teletypes, and the old Dead Media Project.
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Offline TroyDavis

Re: Transcripts from dial-up services?
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2015, 12:46:53 AM »
Quote from: jfoust;784834
So what's under the hood of the FidoNet web?

perl (HTML::Mason) and Postgres.  Search functionality is accomplished with swish-e.  (The same arrangement is being used to drive memphisamigagroup.net and puritytest.net as well.)  :)

The site is barely 500 lines of Mason, though.  The bulk of the work was by far on the front end, establishing the parent/child relationships among the messages and populating the database.  Only about 40% of the messages had the "REPLY:" pseudo-header that indicates the msgid of the parent message.  The rest had to be figured out by comparing texts, e.g. comparing the first-level quotes in one message to the non-quoted parts of all other messages to find that one that most closely matches.

The look was lovingly styled after^W^W^Wbrazenly ripped off from Google Groups, back when it was still usable for searching Usenet.
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Offline Tenacious

Re: Transcripts from dial-up services?
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2015, 04:35:29 PM »
@ JimS

That was a nice read!  Someone also recently posted a blurry screen shot of Ncomm connected to a BBS.  Takes me back.

For a few years, I would swing by Compuquick in Gahanna, Ohio to buy some of their dwindling stock.  Sadly, the last time I drove by, the whole shop was gone.
 

Offline JimS

Re: Transcripts from dial-up services?
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2015, 11:44:55 PM »
Quote from: Tenacious;785230
@ JimS

That was a nice read!  
For a few years, I would swing by Compuquick in Gahanna, Ohio to buy some of their dwindling stock.  Sadly, the last time I drove by, the whole shop was gone.


Yeah, nostalgia can be fun ;-) I'll have to look into those files further, maybe collect them into a directory.  Later on in that same .KPT file was the announcement of Gateway buying Commodore.
Since I've moved down to Southfield, I sometimes drive past what used to be the only computer store in the state. It's a Thai take out now. The old Amiga store i used to work in is now a home... like it used to be... looks much nicer too.
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