If you haven't mailed in your absentee/mail-in 2020 voting ballot you're too late.
Options now are to HAND DELIVER to your local Voting Registrar Clerk (plenty of places online will tell you where to go, or just look at your ballot closely), or use one of the drop boxes at the office.
I replaced the Telnet login above with a straight login to the amazing Election Forecast 2020 door by Kirkman. It displays data from an online polling site FiveThirtyEight.com.
This election is crazy, and I think most of us understand the importance of taking these polls with a grain of salt given 2016's outcome.
At any rate, Vote people. Please. -- Android8675@ShodansCore
Some Voting issues, resolved, lost some messages. Tue Sep 29 2020 01:23 pm
digital man@VERT let everyone know that a bug in the released build of Syncronet v3.18b had a bug in the voting system that wasn't caught before someone thrust it upon the DoveNet system.
Basically for those of you who use Message Voting, you'll know what I'm talking about here, but if you don't, just know that some message boards (like DoveNet) have message up/down voting (like reddit.com). The way it works is if a message is voted upon it makes a sort of "mini-message" that gets passed around to other boards letting them know that someone voted on a message.
The problem occurred when someone wanted to downvote a users messages (like all of them) so they made a fake .qwk account and pushed a ton of fake votes into the system.
This would of been fine (if a bit rude and exploitive), but the problem was the votes counted towards the message boards "daily limits". With the boards flooded with votes, if the BBS ran their "nightly maintenance" on the message boards it would think there were a ton of messages (that were really votes) and purge a ton of messages to get down to the "max number of messages" for that board.
Fortunatly digital man caught the problem on his board so the messages were not lost there, but any board that ran maintenance (us) before putting the fix in lost a lot of messages.
So, not a huge loss really, but kind of a bummer. So I can tell dm's board Vertreuvan to send the messages again that are on his board, but that won't include any messages that "we" posted from Shodan's Core.
Again, not a huge issue. It's not like we have 50,000 users per day or something. Just wanted to let you know. -- Android8675@ShodansCore
Marina, CA! Wed May 13 2020 10:40 pm
Long time! Well I'm settled in Marina. My PC is running, SBBS is updated to v3.18 and seems to be running smoothly.
Of course if you see issues, don't hesitate to send me an email. I'd especially love it for people to poke around the online games and see what works, and what is BROKEN still. Actually if you come across broken stuff I should get an alert now. How cool/modern. Oooooo.... Ahhhhh....
I'm impressed with the updates to SBBS. For those of you who may not be aware, here are some of the things I'm impressed by:
-Mouse Support - Yeah, you can click on stuff (assuming its working correctly). -Code Improvements everywhere - Digital Man, Deuce, and eChicken, wow.
That's about it, so far. I got SBBS running on a striped down Windows 7 VM. It's so striped down that I have to remote in to do anything. Next up is a Linux box and moving the system over. I feel a lot of the code improvements has helped my understanding of how to make changes (mods) and not break stuff. I'm starting to feel "comfortable" making changes here and there.
That's it for now. Pop around, let me know what you like, or dislike. -Andy/Android/Meat
DoveNet Muck Up Mon Dec 02 2019 08:36 am
I accidentally messed up the DoveNet settings when I was trying to "Fix" the SyncDATA area (had the prefix/doohicky set wrong), but when I changed the setting it affected all the other DoveNet data files and SCFG doesn't automatically rename datafiles if you change what the message base points too.
Basically the datafiles are still there, but SBBS was now looking at different datafile names.
I restored a couple of the based, but some were wiped. Sorry. If you need some of the older conversations, login to vert.synchro.net. :)
Monterey County Rangers, RSS Feed Wed Oct 30 2019 08:34 am
I added a RSS feed for, "151.250 BEU (CDF San Benito-Monterey Ranger Unit) Local RSS feed" Basically they post fire stuff for Monterey County.
I figured with CA having all these fire issues that I might start bringing in relivant news postings.
The RSS Feed posts to the Local Monterey board. Find it and add it to your new message scans.
RSS Feed Added for Monterey Rangers Wed Oct 30 2019 08:32 am
Oops, disregard. -- Android8675@ShodansCore
FIXED! So long Windows XP! Sat Sep 28 2019 12:01 pm
After much researching, it was suggested (by Digital Man of course) that maybe it's time to retire Windows XP.
So I found a Windows 7 OEM Key I had lying around, and after trying to use the key with Windows 10, and failing, I installed the Windows 7 x86 under VirtualBox 6, spent a day patching. Copied in my SBBS folder, and everything worked.
So, Latest build running again, and everything seems clean and working correctly.
Chalk this one up to BACKUP before updating anything. I'm gonna make a automatic backup that makes nice little archives and keep them on a Cloud account in Argentina or something...
So Long Live Windows 7! (until January 20th, 2020 when it hits EOL... FML)
Polling Various RSS Newsfeeds, again. Wed May 09 2018 11:07 am
So I had the Synchronet RSS WebFeed program running, but when I accidentally nuked some of my .ini files and didn't have a proper backup, I never noticed that I forgot to setup this program again.
Well good news, it's back. There are 4 boards in the "Local" Sub-Group, and here are the RSS feeds that come into these boards.
Note: If you think you have or can suggest a better feed or would like to see different feeds here, just let me know.