Notes from the Server
Author: Steve Kayner, SMUGgler's Administrator
Date: Janurary, 1994
Keywords: SMUG BBS
Text: Notes from the Server By Steve Kayner, SMUGgler's Administrator Thanks to Adobe Systems Incorporated, we now have the means to provide an online newsletter that meets the justifyably high standards of our Editor-in-Chief, Casey Meaden. We will be using the Adobe Acrobat products (reviewed elsewhere in this issue by yours truly) to create a version that is just like the hard-copy, only much better. The online version will offer color graphics, hyper-text links, text searching, zooming, and high quality printing. We will be able to update the newsletter with annotations, and to place bookmarks at points of interest. To read our new Known Users Online, you will need to acquire a copy of the Acrobat Reader software. We have applied for a site license for the Readers, and hope to receive the right to distribute them to SMUG members within the next two weeks. For those who can't stand to wait, the Acrobat Reader is available free of charge from Apple on their Software Dispatch CD-ROM, and can be obtained by calling 1-800-937-2828 ext. 600. If you don't have a CD-ROM drive, those of us who do will extract the Reader from the disk, and upload it to you via SMUGgler's e-mail. Three Known Users back issues in the Acrobat PDF format have been uploaded to the Known Users-Electronic conference for those of you who already have the Acrobat Reader. And now, the numbers: This last month, we had an average of 94 log-ins per day, with 20 minute connect times. That's 31 hours of connect time daily, which is only 32% of the total time available. We hit a high of 119 log-ins on Wednesday, 12/15/93. We've had a total of 446MB of files uploaded (thanks Paul) and 1.4GB downloaded (thanks Sean and Mitch) since SMUGgler's was started on 5/19/93. We have started two new local conferences: Young SMUGgler's, and Tele-School Project. Young SMUGgler's is where the sons and daughters of SMUGgler's carry on in their own style of communication. Tele-School Project is where discussions about projects for education oriented telecommunications in our part of the State are discussed. By the time you read this, we will have had an up- close and personal meeting of the minds to brainstorm on the directions we should take to forge this morass of ideas into a reality. We have also added two OneNet conferences: Apple Press Releases, and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D). Apple Press Releases is where late breaking news from Apple is posted, and is read-only. The AD&D conference is where we keep the advanced dungeons and dragons...I guess... We are only a week or two away from having the latest FirstClass server software installed. The biggest news here is that it will allow private messages to be sent between any two parties on the OneNet. We are still running the modem loaner program for SMUG members. We have several 2400 bps Hayes modems to loan out for a period of two weeks to get you online to SMUGgler's BBS. We will install the modem and software, and show you how to use the system for no charge. If you like having access to SMUGgler's BBS, and find that you'd like to keep the loaner modem, you can then purchase the modem for the paltry sum of $45. Over 90% of our members have already signed on to SMUGgler's. It doesn't cost any more than you already paid for SMUG membership, so try it, you'll like it. Call me (Steve) at 445-3454. Late breaking news: On January 1st in the wee hours of the new year SMUGgler's suffered a hard disk "crash." Ultimately this resulted in losing a week's worth of messages as we used the latest backup tape (a week old) to restore the BBS files to another hard drive. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Copyright © janurary, 1994 by Steve Kayner, SMUGgler's Administrator