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About Me

My name's Sean Dennis. I also go by hausmaus and digimaus depending on when one first met me.

I'm the sysop (SYStem OPerator) of Outpost BBS, the author of the Cheepware line of BBS doors and utilities, the founder and zone coordinator of the Micronet Information Network, and moderator of seven echoes in Fidonet.

I've been involved with BBSing as a user from back in the late 1980s. I became very active in the early 1990s and really enjoyed BBSing as a user. I began to think about starting my own BBS and in 1996, I did so. I've mainly run an OS/2-based BBS over the years although I briefly tried running a Windows-based BBS and have ran a Linux-based BBS before.

In 1998, I decided to write my own BBS door, The Magic Oracle, because I had found a BBS door I really liked but it was unregisterable nagware. I decided to write the door using Turbo Pascal. After writing "The Magic Oracle", I created my Cheepware (a play on "cheap wares" since I know sysops are cheap so all of my doors are free) line of BBS doors and sysop utilities then and continue to work on Cheepware development today. I am planning on eventually making my Cheepware line of programs open source using my own BSD-like license.

Over the years I have used my Cheepware distribution system in Fidonet and Micronet to release other programs for various other BBS-related software authors who didn't have a distribution system of their own. Some of the authors include Shawn Highfield, Daryl Stout, and Frank Rauhuff.

I've been involved with Fidonet since 1996 as a point and starting in 1998 as a full node. Fidonet can be a real rough-and-tumble corner of cyberspace but yet I still stick around because I have a lot of friends on there. On September 1, 2000, I created the Micronet Information Network or Micronet for short, my own FTN-style BBS mail network. I am happy to say that Micronet is still growing. It's not a big network but it's withstood the test of time and changes in technology.

If you'd like to know more about me personally, please visit my amateur radio blog..


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