• Projects

    From Mercyful Fate@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to All on Tue Mar 4 08:45:00 2014
    Any developers still out there kicking.. Things seems pretty quiet around here and this seems to me to be one of the more intereting networks around. I write Enthral BBS, just started backup on development after i was busy going back to school and working full time. It's good to see alot of various thing still being worked on by people in their free time. I'd love to hear about what others are up too. :)

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    Synchronet Digital Distortion: digitaldistortionbbs.com
  • From bcw142@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Mercyful Fate on Tue Mar 11 14:28:00 2014
    Any developers still out there kicking.. Things seems pretty quiet around he and this seems to me to be one of the more intereting networks around. I write Enthral BBS, just started backup on development after i was busy going back to school and working full time. It's good to see alot of various thin still being worked on by people in their free time. I'd love to hear about what others are up too. :)
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    Synchronet Digital Distortion BBS: digitaldistortionbbs.com

    Looks like that's the answer <silence>quiet</silence>... ;)

    Must all be doning their own projects and otherwise keeping quiet. I've been playing around with a few raspberry pi systems. I have one setup as DMZ on my DSL line but of course that jumps around. I need to look into the free nameservices and such before I could think of setting one up as a bbs. ssh is working for me to get in, the webserver (apache2) doesn't seem to work remotely, but I just installed it. I have noticed things rarely work right after being installed remotely (but do work locally).

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  • From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Mercyful Fate on Tue Mar 11 18:52:00 2014
    Re: Projects
    By: Mercyful Fate to All on Tue Mar 04 2014 09:45:55

    Any developers still out there kicking.. Things seems pretty quiet around here and this seems to me to be one of the more intereting networks around. I write Enthral BBS, just started backup on development after i was busy going back to school and working full time. It's good to see alot of various thing still being worked on by people in their free time. I'd love to hear about what others are up too. :)

    It's good to have you here. :) I've been curious about Enthral myself but haven't tried it yet.

    I do software development & testing professionally and occasionally work on various things in my free time when I have the motivation to do it.. Lately I've mostly worked on Synchronet mods (since I use Synchronet for my BBS), but occasionally I like to mess around with other projects if I have an idea I want to work on. Several years ago, I had an idea for sending live MIDI signals (for music) over a network and created a program to do that - but as I suspected, network latency caused the MIDI signals not to all play back at the same rate they were played from the source machine.. That was still a cool little project to work on though. Another thing I worked on several years ago was a C# WAV file class, which would let you read & write WAV files from C# code, as well as a little app using that class which could mix multiple WAV files together (such as for a musician to record multiple tracks and mix them all into a single .WAV file):
    http://bit.ly/1haWTfd
    That was based on an earlier project I did in C++ to allow someone to record different audio tracks and mix them together. My C# app didn't record though, it just did the mixing.

    Occasionally I've thought about what it would be like to create my own BBS software or programming language, but then I think there are already many available, and I'm not sure what I'd do to make one unique or improve on what's already available.

    Nightfox

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    Synchronet Digital Distortion: digitaldistortionbbs.com
  • From Mercyful Fate@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to bcw142 on Sun Mar 23 20:12:00 2014
    Re: Re: Projects
    By: bcw142 to Mercyful Fate on Tue Mar 11 2014 14:28:59

    Looks like that's the answer <silence>quiet</silence>... ;)

    Must all be doning their own projects and otherwise keeping quiet. I've been playing around with a few raspberry pi systems. I have one setup as DMZ on my DSL line but of course that jumps around. I need to look into the free nameservices and such before I could think of setting one up as a bbs. ssh is working for me to get in, the webserver (apache2) doesn't seem to work remotely, but I just installed it. I have noticed things rarely work right after being installed remotely (but do work locally).

    If you google openDNS there are some free DNS name servers you can hook up to quite easily. I've been playing a little with my mk808 android dongle, but alot of the apps that give full terminals are quite limited with the compilers and resouces availble. I might try and get a second one sometimes and install a full linux distro on it since i use the first one plugged into my tv to watch and steam all of tv shows. Can't take that sucker down. :) The wife would kill me. heh

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  • From Mercyful Fate@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Sun Mar 23 20:27:00 2014
    Re: Projects
    By: Nightfox to Mercyful Fate on Tue Mar 11 2014 18:52:11

    It's good to have you here. :) I've been curious about Enthral myself but haven't tried it yet.

    Glad to be here, it's awesome to see a network dedicates to coders and stuff, i tend to get bored on most of the other networks with general rambelings i tend to not jump into much of that discussion as much.

    Enthral is a little something i started a long time, not excatly as a need for another softare, but more for something i wanted for myself and to have work and do the things i wanted explore in my own software. I don't know how different it is, i know it's still lacking many features in alot of areas but i tend to work on it and learn as i go. Originally back in 2002 i picked up Illusion bbs written in pascal and was updating and modding it when i was laid off of work for a year. But after a while i got a bit bored of coding in DOS with BP7, and wanted to expand the features more and figure i'd just start on writting my own in c++ since i was more comfortable with it. I started Enthral back in 2004 and have had many rewrite and ripped the guts out several times, to redo things in a more logical manner. Of course it's a never end work in progress i must say.. but i do enjoy it. And would reccomend it to anyone.

    I know there has been some interst in play around with the softawre, since the last release i've done some major changes but still have to iron out alot of hard caoded testing items before i get an open release for people to play with. It's only been a couple months since i came back from a long break and got my board up so i've been slowly smoothly out things and just got my board up and running again. And everyone is welcome to drop by htc.zapto.org to check out the latest version, feedback is always more then welcome.

    I do software development & testing professionally and occasionally work on various things in my free time when I have the motivation to do it.. Lately I've mostly worked on Synchronet mods (since I use Synchronet for my BBS), but occasionally I like to mess around with other projects if I have an idea I want to work on. Several years ago, I had an idea for sending live MIDI signals (for music) over a network and created a program to do that - but as I suspected, network latency caused the MIDI signals not to all play back at the same rate they were played from the source machine.. That was still a cool little project to work on though. Another thing I worked on several years ago was a C# WAV file class, which would let you read & write WAV files from C# code, as well as a little app using that class which could mix multiple WAV files together (such as for a musician to record multiple tracks and mix them all into a single .WAV file): http://bit.ly/1haWTfd
    That was based on an earlier project I did in C++ to allow someone to record different audio tracks and mix them together. My C# app didn't record though, it just did the mixing.

    Thats one thigns i've always thought was lacking in bbs's. Music, nothings like some ambiance to help give a system a unique feel i must say. I've played with the idea myself several times to write a custom client interface that would transform the ansi graphic to open gl so you can do all sorta of animation and lighting effects and even have sound over a client. One day i plan to work on it more.. but as things go it always gets pusted a side due to time and enegry to work on it. :)

    Occasionally I've thought about what it would be like to create my own BBS software or programming language, but then I think there are already many available, and I'm not sure what I'd do to make one unique or improve on what's already available.

    Well i would say it should matter about whats already out there, if all about you and want you want to do. and nothing wrong with making something unique to your ideals and tastes. That part of the fun. :)

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    Synchronet Digital Distortion: digitaldistortionbbs.com
  • From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Mercyful Fate on Sun Mar 23 21:07:00 2014
    Re: Projects
    By: Mercyful Fate to Nightfox on Sun Mar 23 2014 20:27:36

    Thats one thigns i've always thought was lacking in bbs's. Music, nothings like some ambiance to help give a system a unique feel i must say. I've played with the idea myself several times to write a custom client interface that would transform the ansi graphic to open gl so you can do all sorta of animation and lighting effects and even have sound over a client. One day i plan to work on it more.. but as things go it always gets pusted a side due to time and enegry to work on it. :)

    The main issue with music on a BBS is that there is (and has never been) a single standard for streaming music from a BBS to a client.. Some BBS door games had their own terminal software to support extended graphics and sound, but no official standard for a BBS. I'm not sure how useful that would be though.. That would be similar to an internet web site with background music (which used to be more popular, in the mid 90s, usually in the form of MIDI). I tend to find that fairly annoying though - I sometimes like to listen to music on my computer while browsing the web & doing other things, so when I load a web page that has its own background music, it tends to be annoying rather than adding to the experience of the web site.

    As for ANSI graphics to OpenGL, I'm not sure how that would work.. ANSI graphics is purely 2-dimensional, but I suppose you might be able to come up with a standard for how the ANSI would be arranged to signify 3D effects.

    Occasionally I've thought about what it would be like to create my
    own BBS software or programming language, but then I think there are
    already many available, and I'm not sure what I'd do to make one
    unique or improve on what's already available.

    Well i would say it should matter about whats already out there, if all about you and want you want to do. and nothing wrong with making something unique to your ideals and tastes. That part of the fun. :)

    Do you mean to say shouldn't matter?

    Nightfox

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    Synchronet Digital Distortion: digitaldistortionbbs.com
  • From Mercyful Fate@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Thu Mar 27 13:54:00 2014
    Re: Projects
    By: Nightfox to Mercyful Fate on Sun Mar 23 2014 21:07:53

    The main issue with music on a BBS is that there is (and has never been) a single standard for streaming music from a BBS to a client.. Some BBS door games had their own terminal software to support extended graphics and sound, but no official standard for a BBS. I'm not sure how useful that would be though.. That would be similar to an internet web site with background music (which used to be more popular, in the mid 90s, usually in the form of MIDI). I tend to find that fairly annoying though - I sometimes like to listen to music on my computer while browsing the web & doing other things, so when I load a web page that has its own background music, it tends to be annoying rather than adding to the experience of the web site.

    Ya midi's can be an ear full. some of the tunes are ok but i much rather have mp3's. of course a custom client would be needed and the files would most likely have to be downloaded and cached in a folder to not casue streaming lag and eat up the connection. HDX was a pretty interesting type of graphical bbs system i played around with. Something along those lines would make for a nice type of secondary connection or interface to the bbs.

    Well i would say it should matter about whats already out there, if
    all about you and want you want to do. and nothing wrong with
    making something unique to your ideals and tastes. That part of the
    fun. :)

    Do you mean to say shouldn't matter?

    Indeed! :)

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  • From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Mercyful Fate on Thu Mar 27 19:33:00 2014
    Re: Projects
    By: Mercyful Fate to Nightfox on Thu Mar 27 2014 13:54:02

    similar to an internet web site with background music (which used to
    be more popular, in the mid 90s, usually in the form of MIDI). I
    tend to find that fairly annoying though - I sometimes like to
    listen to music on my computer while browsing the web & doing other
    things, so when I load a web page that has its own background music,
    it tends to be annoying rather than adding to the experience of the
    web site.

    Ya midi's can be an ear full. some of the tunes are ok but i much rather have mp3's. of course a custom client would be needed and the files would most likely have to be downloaded and cached in a folder to not casue streaming lag and eat up the connection.

    The main thing that annoys me about music on web pages is that most often, it's not something I really want to play automatically, and I'm likely to be listening to music already or have the TV on, so music on a web page just ends up not sounding very good with whatever else I'm listening to.

    HDX was a pretty interesting
    type of graphical bbs system i played around with. Something along those lines would make for a nice type of secondary connection or interface to the bbs.

    Interesting, I hadn't heard about HDX. In the 90s, I had used a couple BBSes that had RIP set up, and I thought that was interesting for a graphical interface, since RIP started to be a widely-accepted standard. I also used a couple BBSes using RoboBoard, which had its own graphical protocol. RoboBoard looked a lot nicer than RIP, but it was not widely accepted at all, and I think it may have been proprietary, so (I think) there was only one terminal program that supported it.

    Nightfox

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  • From Khelair@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to bcw142 on Tue Jul 29 16:49:00 2014
    Re: Re: Projects
    By: bcw142 to Mercyful Fate on Tue Mar 11 2014 14:28:59

    Looks like that's the answer <silence>quiet</silence>... ;)

    Must all be doning their own projects and otherwise keeping quiet. I've been playing around with a few raspberry pi systems. I have one setup as DMZ on my DSL line but of course that jumps around. I need to look into the free nameservices and such before I could think of setting one up as a bbs. ssh is working for me to get in, the webserver (apache2) doesn't seem to work remotely, but I just installed it. I have noticed things rarely work right after being installed remotely (but do work locally).

    Well, I'm back on here again. I've made a few stabs at firing things up on DevNet a little bit here, but I was kind of lacking for active, and seriously involved, projects at the time. I'll be putting together some posts about some things I'm working on here pretty soon . . . I'd really love to see some more traffic here, myself.
    Anybody have any stats for how many systems are connected to DevNet offhand?
    -=-

    "It is no measure of good health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -- Jiddu Krishnamurti


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  • From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Khelair on Sat Aug 2 22:00:00 2014
    Re: Re: Projects
    By: Khelair to bcw142 on Tue Jul 29 2014 16:49:08

    Well, I'm back on here again. I've made a few stabs at firing things up on DevNet a little bit here, but I was kind of lacking for active, and seriously involved, projects at the time. I'll be putting together some posts about some things I'm working on here pretty soon . . . I'd
    really love to see some more traffic here, myself.

    It's good to see you here. :) Feel free to post about any programming-related topics.

    Nightfox

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