Notes from the Server
Author: Stephen Kayner, SMUGgler's Administrator
Date: May, 1994
Keywords: SMUGgler's BBS modem bureaucracy SMUG
Text: "A Mac without a modem is like a bird without wings." The last month brought considerable growth to the online community that is SMUGgler's. We went from having a trio of 235MB hard drives, to having one mondo giga-byte drive. It's fast, quiet, and so far it's been crash-free! On Thursday, April 14, two more lines were added. The tangle of wires behind the server continues to build. Now that we have six high-speed lanes into SMUGgler's, I think much of the busy signal problem has been taken care of. I'd like to thank the nearly 30 members who made generous contributions to make the expansion possible. Monday nights have become our busiest time, and the turnover with six lines means that there is almost always a line available. We recorded more than 200 logins on several dates after the addition of the new lines. On Sunday, April 17, we upgraded the FirstClass server software to version 2.5. This caused some minor problems, but most of that seems to have been worked out. Some users still report difficulty with getting aliases of their settings files to work, and having the control palette to stay open from session to session. The new client software is available on SMUGgler's, and as always, is free. Casey will have the various software (FirstClass Client, Acrobat, Disinfectant) at the meetings and the Pizza Jubilee's. Bring formatted diskettes to get your copies, or pay $1 each to Casey. Oliver Johnson has volunteered to mail diskettes (for a nominal fee) to members who don't want to spend online time downloading large files like the Acrobat and FirstClass software. Contact Oliver for pricing and availability. Two new conferences have been added to SMUGgler's: Code Talkers, and Legal Means. Code Talkers was established for the exchange of ideas among programmer types, and Legal Means is for the discussion of the burning (or smoldering) legal issues of our time. Two other conferences went the way of the woolly mammoth: Fair Wages, and BMUG Int'l. Fair Wages was a local conference that had ceased to be an item of interest. BMUG Int'l., a OneNet conference, was pulled because Steve Costa, President of BMUG, decided to cut and run rather than fight the continuing accusations of censorship and other criticisms. Just this morning I got word of another new member, who brings us to 187. We had one membership lapse last month, and there were only nine new members added to the ranks during April. From September through March, we had an average of over 20 new members per month. We have not actively promoted SMUG for at least four months, and it seems to me that it is time to start again. I started posting SMUG flyers around Arcata and Eureka on April 30th. If you know of a location that uses Macintosh computers, let us know so we can get the good word of SMUG to them. A great idea for promoting SMUG was announced by Casey Meaden, and we are now in the planning stages of hosting a computer swap meet. This will be open to the public, and we intend to invite other user groups to participate. No date or place has been set yet, but keep your eyes open on SMUGgler's for the news. Volunteers for this effort should announce their availability online or at the next meeting. Ideas are still being accepted. On April 28th, a TCETP meeting was held at the Humboldt County Office of Education. 23 people attended, representing 14 schools and 9 interested organizations. Bylaws for TCETP were approved, and ideas for the UGCAP and future grant proposals were discussed. Joyce Farruggia brought a host of good ideas to the table, and offers the support of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) to the TCETP effort. I'd like to thank Paul Reinauer for his continuing support in the way of a great selection of new files for Mac users. He has offered a good variety, and large quantity. I never have time enough to look at all the material he has provided. As of this writing, there are 138 items in the New Mac Files conference that are less than 10 days old. Thanks Paul! We are still offering the modem loaner program to our members who have not tried SMUGgler's BBS. If you don't feel comfortable with the idea of installing the hardware or software, we will make house calls to see that you get set up with a minimum of distress. It is our goal to get all SMUG members online. SMUGgler's has a great deal to offer. You should be online. Won't you let us help you? For details call Steve at 445-3454, or Casey at 442-3520. See you online!
Copyright © may, 1994 by Stephen Kayner, SMUGgler's Administrator