In it’s little box glory. Also remember you can also dial in to the BBS on (416) 548-4117 !
Because it’s the weekend and I have some free time, I set up a news server for the BBS to give a bit more control of what gets pulled in.
I’m using some old school tech on this one, the old laptop that MMN used to run off, my Freebox, Hamster Playground and NewsProxy.
The feeds are pulled off two different servers depending on availability, my ISP’s USENET server and AIOE. I will also get the stats uploaded automatically at some point, but for the moment it’s a manual task. You can find the server stats here :
Let me know as usual if you would like a feed or run in to any problems.
I have been diddling on and off with Nanoblogger for some time, if you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a blogging platform that works on Bash.
It’s unfortunately gone out of development as of 2013, but if you have the patience to work with it, I can assure you that it is actually quite flexible. Plus you get the joy of beating something in to submission at the command line level.
I’ve put my BBS website in to production using Nanoblogger which makes handling the site easier to move around since it’s all flat files, plus if I need to make a code update then I can just modify one file, push an update and we there. No databases, no script issues, just nice flat files.
One of the things I have mentioned before is that I want to bring my data in house, because you never know if a service is going to fall down, which we have seen a number of sites fall down and take a few years of work with them.
For my blogging, I’ve started to use WordPress as it was simplier to import a bulk load of old entries over, with the exception of course, being LiveJournal since the API has gone all wonky #sadface. But I’m trying to push things out on to not only my personal blogs, but dump them in another Nanoblogger install on Teleport.
One of the thing that held me back with Nanoblogger was that commenting isn’t as easy to do, but I’m not really saying I get a lot (if any) comments on my posts, but it’s nice to have around.
Being a cold parisien night and holding a tiny bit of cash in my wallet, I decided to do a troll of what domains were available.
Anyways, I registered bbs.yt and immediately put it up on Afraid.org’s Free DNS Project because you shouldn’t need a domain to put up a BBS and it would be nice to have a BBS focused domain to do that.
So if you would like to be a part of this project, you can set up your own .bbs.yt subdomain right here.
So LiveJournal’s API has gone wonky and I can’t crosspost or pull all my posts from here to my WordPress blog.
I still read on here, and at some point when I can crosspost back, then I’ll write here too.
But in the meantime, check my Commodore themed WP here : https://bit.ly/2Jo1joT
1 bought a short domain some time ago, it is ao.tc. I had some issues trying to work out where it was to fit in with what I already have running, since ec.je is now here on LiveJournal, and cw.nf is the hosting domain.
I’ve been recently pulling apart what is allocated to my business side of MMN and what is my personal hobby side. In the move, I recovered my long time email address, but lost the website to the business side (equally my ec.je email address is full on business now).
I then took the BBS away from being on the business, so this is back to being a personal venture. Doing that I managed to put in to use another domain, mmn.cx, that should have been a business project but never was. So that part all fit in.
But I could never fully place ao.tc, until today. I’ve made it in to a portal site, with my personal sites and such in there. It makes sense, I have a lot of little side projects all over the place.with their own domains, like retrowa.re (ao.tc/retroware) for example.
I’m trying to also drop my data foot print in bigger companies, such as Creepy Googles, so it’ll be the place I’ll pop my photo hosting site too. On a side note, my personal email is now self hosted, encrypted and self managed.
I’ve also brought back the old MMN design that was lost in the business site changes, it’s kind of like having an old friend back.
So I made a strange post a couple days ago, if you haven’t guessed it
was a test 😀
I have come back to my hobby BBS, getting it all back and running
online. It’s now available at www.mmn.cx.
With this I have moved my emails and such back here, I’ve also created a
way I can update this journal via the system. It’s rather nice being
able to do things text only again. With too many clients and crappy
social networks, it was a bit of a moment to disengage them.
Now the interface is very much working on any platform, it’s all ANSI,
text works everywhere with out much problem.
I’m quite proud of the technicalities behind getting this system back
online, I don’t have an appropriate PC at home that I can use. So until
I manage to buy one, make sure it all runs smoothly and actually have a
place I can put it in my appartment, the BBS is using the Google Cloud.
Google in their wisdom decided that they don’t want email going out port
25, so I’ve also learned how to create an internal network on their
platform and set up a basic Postfix server to throw the emails off their
network and on to a SMTP relay service.
I’m not kidding when I say that I was up until 5h in the morning trying
to work all this out without going fully nuts.
But it works now and I’ve now got half the skills to set up my own mail
server to start dishing out emails (currently stuck with OpenDKIM not
I emailed pretty much everybody with my email address, although my
original domain mmn.on.ca is now in the hands of all my business side of
things (web hosting, domains, etc) I have my email address there
forwarding to my BBS email address.
Just don’t be surprised if you see a reply from an @mmn.cx email
It’s also worth noting that since no agreement between me and mmn.ab.ca
could have ever been a thing, it’s not possible to register mmn.ca at
all. So when mmn.cx happened to be in my portfolio of over registering,
it seemed like a good compromise.
I’m vaguebooking here, but shhh.