Notes from the Server
Author: Steve Kayner,SMUGgler's Administrator
Date: February, 1994
Keywords: BBS bulletin board system SMUG
Text: A Mac without a modem is like a cake without the icing Let me start by saying that I am no longer willing to count the number of logins per day :-( The log file for January 26th was nearly 10 pages long! Let it suffice to say that the daily total logins are now well over 100. The numbers continue to grow, for SMUGgler's has been a very busy place lately. Total online time as of January 27th at 9:00 P.M., was 5420 hours, and total logins were at 16,500. That's an average time online of just under 20 minutes. There have been 478MB of files uploaded, and 1.7GB downloaded, a ratio of 3.55 downloads per upload. And speaking of files, we have recently added a CD-ROM drive loaded with the January 1994 version of the Arizona Macintosh Users Group (AMUG) BBS-in-a-Box. This compact disc features many thousands of files that would equal 2GB if decompressed. This version offers previews of the art, QuickTime and font files, thanks to cooperation between AMUG and SoftArc, the makers of the FirstClass software we use for SMUGgler's BBS. In addition to the CD-ROM, friends of SMUGgler's continue to upload the latest findings from America Online, the Internet, and other places near and far. So, if you're not using SMUGgler's BBS, you're not getting your money's worth from your membership.* There's a huge library available, technical support, news and information, and 90% of your fellow SMUG members have been there at least once, with many making the call daily. The Tele-School effort, led by Dave Spreen and the TETCP, is working away to make the idea of telecommunications among our local schools a reality. We have created a new privilege group on SMUGgler's to provide vital, if somewhat limited, access to schools. The Tele-School gang will be doing demos of FirstClass software (and I hope, SMUGgler's BBS) very soon. This should help ignite some sparks of interest among the academic doubtful, and expand the base of interested and involved educators. SMUGgler's is already host to many such educators, and we would very much like to expand that segment of our population. Speaking of population, SMUG has grown to 130 members as of this writing (Feb 1). New memberships and renewals for the last four months have been: 21 in Oct; 21 in Nov; 13 in Dec; and 16 in Jan. A handful of old members have fallen by the wayside in spite of the tremendous value that has been added to a SMUG membership over the last year. More Mac folk are now learning of us through word-of-mouth than by our Get-the-Word-Out campaign of brochures, flyers, press releases, and other forms of media saturation. Do your Mac friends a favor, tell 'em about SMUG! *The Telecommunications Outreach Program (TOP) is still available, offering loaner modems complete with in-home setup and training for those who wish to participate. Call me (Steve) at 445-3454.
Copyright © february, 1994 by Steve Kayner,SMUGgler's Administrator