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March 27, 2022

The 486 laptop came in the mail two days ago. The power supply is listed as some 21vdc unit which seems to be unavailable locally. I tried a 20vdc supply and it seems to work fine. The computer came to life with a DOS boot up disk I had. It did come with a floppy drive that works, the eject button sticks quite a bit, I'll see how the one I have coming works and replace it as needed. I am still waiting on the 810MB hard drive I ordered since the eBay posting said it didn't have one. It did have one, it was a little over 1GB but was completely full and messed up. I formated it and ran fdisk on it to delete the old partitions, trying to salvage the drive. It seemed to have worked. I loaded DOS on it, then Windows3.1. The computer works. The hinges are pretty much toast and the roller ball needs to be cleaned, but it's an old working laptop.

March 23, 2022

I had a lapse of judgement the other night and ordered a 486DX4/100 laptop off eBay. I don't really need one, but I kind of wanted one. I made an offer of half what they were asking, never expecting it to be accepted. They showed a picture that it booted to the CMOS, along with a couple of others. It is a HP Omnibook 4000CT, TFT screen, it looked nice. The next morning, I found out I won the bid, I decided to read the ad a little more. To my surprise, the laptop does not come with a hard drive or power cord. Looking at the CMOS picture I don't think it has a floppy drive either. However, believe it or not, you can still buy those things online. I found a site called CPU Medics that had a refurbished 810 MB hard drive. I found another one that sold the floppy. The floppy on this laptop pulls out and you can put in a spare battery. The power supply is obtainable too. I think I might have one that will work so I haven't decided to pay the $40 online to get one. This ought to be interesting. I guess the worst case being I get it all setup with DOS and Win3.1 installed and sell it for more than I bought it for. Most likely, I will just set it on the shelf as a show piece and use it when I need something on DOS. Although, I do have a full desktop computer set up with DOS in my work area. So again, the laptop is probably not really needed.

March 19, 2022

I spent the last couple of days going through SCFG and copying over all the door setup file information into an Excel spreadsheet. I'll save it as a PDF and put it online for other Sysops to use if they need help setting a a certain games. While going through each file I noticed about a dozen games were messed up. A couple not even installed correctly. If you see anything weird let me know so I can fix it.

March 14, 2022

After making an awesome webpage for my BBS I found out it did not work. Probably an older template that did not play well with modern browsers. It's too bad, I thought it really looked nice. I still have some work to do on this new layout but at least it works (I hope). One thing I still need to setup is the door game set up files. I'm still not sure how I'm going to do that yet.

March 13, 2022

I took the Trade Wars Server down. The Windows 7 computer it was running on messed up. I don't really think it's worth while to have the server running until there is an update to the server which is Windows 10 friendly.

March 13, 2022

I added another door menu called Arcade(ish). The existing menus were running out of room. There are currently over 175 games online and I'm continuing to look for more registered games to put up. I did send the registration fee to Scott Baker for Land of Devastation, but I don't hold out too much hope. I did find a key code which I'm using right now and will replace it if Dr. Scott responds. I hope he does, it'd be nice to see someone else is still supporting door registrations. Dungeon Master is now registered. I will try my hand at designing my own dungeons. There are still a couple more of Mike Jordan's games to put up. Check out the Testing and New menu for any current games.