Doc’s Place Online | From The Fidonet Days Into CyberSpace!
This personal website offers Doc, AKA FidoSysop’s opinions on many subjects. I’m 72 years old but have been around the block many times, and am self-educated in many trades, mastering the www is my continuing cyberspace adventure! 😃
Update 03/02/2024: I am battling a particular but non-life-threatening health issue. Last May my church was having a blood drive, so after the service I tried donating my blood but fell out of the bloodmobile hitting hard on my left side, and was serously injured.
But soon afterward, I was unable to walk without falling. For 8 months, I had lots of rehab but was still falling. Recently, after insisting to see a nuroligist, I was diagnosed with nerve damage with an EMG Test. As many hospitals as i have been to they could have done this simple test diagnosing my injuy properly, the first time. But no, they milked my Medicare supplement Insurance nearly dry! Otherwise, I’ve lost nearly 100 pounds and feel great. Life goes on and on. I’m 72 years old and hope to make it to 100! Or as Ronald Reagen once said, If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything! 🙏
This domain DocsPlace.org registered in 1998 was my Computer Bulletin Board System (BBS) access point, which allowed the public dial-up Internet access to the www and the Fidonet network, operated by hobbyists utilizing dial-up modems. After a 32-year milestone, the Internet-connected Wildcat V5 which allowed both www and Telnet access was retired! ☹️ It was the most advanced BBS software of its kind!
In 1998, I upgraded my Wildcat V4 software to the latest version, Wildcat V5, with the optional Internet connection pack. At that time, I could call my BBS from work and browse the web using my tiny gateway. The local net 1:3603 was losing Sysops because folks quit calling and transitioned to the net. Since my site was then online, nobody knew about it. I developed a clever plan using a dynamic DNS provider to get a subdomain that automatically updates my IP address when it changes.
At that time I had a dual-channel ISDN net connection and was line camping on Microsoft Network. I was ready to cast my digital hook into the Fidonet backbone, which had around 900 conferences at the time. I sent a single Internet BBS ad to every conference. The moderators were sending me Netmail, threatening to cut my feed. But as it turned out, many people lost access when their local BBS pulled the plug!
An original Floridian is often called a Cracker, and Florida is a Cracker State. I’ve got many cracker stories to tell. One I recently published is about James Earl ‘Doc’ Webb, who founded Webb’s City and made St Petersburg, FL, world-famous in the 50s-’60s!