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A picture of Sean DennisHello! I'm Sean Dennis, also known as KD5COL, hausmaus, or digimaus depending on where you know me from. I first started running my own BBS officially in 1996 but was involved as a BBS user since the early 90s. I fell in love with BBSing long before what we now know the internet to be was available to the public.

My first official BBS 1) was AfterHours/2 BBS running Telegard/2 under OS/2 Warp 4.52 back in 1996. I'd experimented with other BBS software, such as GAP, TriBBS, and ProBoard before settling on Telegard/2 at a friend's suggestion. I have used many BBS software packages over the years: Maximus/2, Telegard/2, GAP, TriBBS, ProBoard, Nexus (I was a beta tester), Synchronet/2, Synchronet, Wildcat!, EleBBS/2, T.A.G., Shotgun Professional BBS (I was a beta tester), MAX-MENU(FS), AdeptXBBS (OS/2), WWIV . . . there's a lot more but all of the names escape me now.

I mainly stuck to OS/2 Warp 4.52 for nearly 20 years for running my BBS. I did try running Synchronet under Windows for a short time in the early 2000s but I wound up going back to OS/2. Only in the mid 2010s did I consider using Linux for the BBS and I'm glad I did. I am now running MBSE under Slackware Linux. So far it is a solid reliable system but even it has its own quirks.

I started developing Cheepware back in 1998. There was this fun “Magic 8-Ball”-like door I'd found but it was unregisterable nagware. I had used Pascal quite a bit back in the late 80s and early 90s, so I started to work on writing my own door which was and is called “The Magic Oracle”. I had help from a lot of great people to get me started. I decided to release “The Magic Oracle” to the public in hopes that someone would get use out of it. All of my doors have been released under the same hope that some sysop and user will find my doors fun to use.

I originally used Turbo Pascal for developing my doors but lately have developed a cross-platform doorkit 2) that will create Win32 and Linux native doors under Free Pascal. Unfortunately, that same doorkit cannot be used under DOS so right now I am at a point to where I have to decide on supporting DOS doors or abandoning them. I haven't made that decision yet. I will be releasing my Cheepware line under the Cheepware License, a BSD-like license I developed based on the Sudo License.

I started Micronet on September 1, 2000 as an alternative to Fidonet 3). All these years later, I'm honestly surprised I've kept it running this long but I have a lot of good people in Micronet that have given me support over nearly two decades now. I wouldn't want to stop a good thing from continuing on.

As it stands now, I am planning on keeping my BBS up for the near future. I've already made plans to make sure Micronet will keep running after I step down as ZC and main mail hub duties. BBSing has been a major part of my life over the last 20 years. I have made lifelong friends (and a few enemies) along the way, learned a lot, and have enjoyed myself tremendously. BBSing has also contributed heavily to my career in IT by allowing me to teach myself a lot about networking, programming, logic, and a host of other skills I rely on.

Besides BBSing, my other major hobby is amateur radio. I hold the federally issued callsign of KD5COL and am a General-class licensee. You can check out my adventures in amateur radio over at my blog at http://kd5col.us. I'm good on QRZ.

1)
Any software with a suffix of “/2” signifies an OS/2-native version of that software. A lot of the BBS software I used was available for DOS and OS/2 and occasionally for Windows and Linux.
2)
A “doorkit” is a collection of various code that together comprises a “unit” that can be used to write BBS doors with. BBS doors normally require a special I/O routine that will allow the door to communicate via a computer's serial port or via telnet over the internet.
3)
They don't call it “Fight-O-Net” for nuttin'.
about_me.txt · Last modified: 2017/06/10 20:12 by sean