Last updated by Steven Libis & Associates on 11/23/2002
June 22, 2002. I just set added Computer Geeks links to the bottom of every page on this web site. A friend who has purchased from them is very happy with them. He likes the selection and the prices.
January 5, 2002. I just finished a number of changes to my UUCP Spam Filter. It now has increased functionality, and increased intelligence for filtering out spam. It is posted on this this web site
January 1, 2002. Happy New Year. This is the start of year eight for Earthquake City BBS. System activity is slowly decreasing. Last year I finally discontinued 2 of the 4 phone lines. System activity continues to decrease.
I am interested in hearing from anyone that can help with setting up a DOS BBS on a Linux computer.
October 28, 2001. I just finished writing the spam filter for UUCP accounts. It is posted on this web site.
October 15, 2001. I just finished writing an text to html converter for lists of e-mail addresses. It is posted on this web site.
October 1, 2001. I started writing a spam filter for my UUCP account. I am making a bit of progress, and when it is finished, I will be posting it online here.
August 16, 2001. My ISP is in the process of stopping support for dial-up UUCP accounts. They do still support them for direct interenet connections. So I started setting up/configuring a Red Hat Linux v7.01 computer to handle the incoming and outgoing UUCP. I still have one or two minor issues to deal with, but once I have them resolved, I will be posting my configuration and setup information here.
June 7, 2001. The volume of calls on the BBS keep decreasing. So, I have finally killed off two lines. That still leaves 2 lines operation.
March 15, 2001. I have recently been having problems with using my UUCP account with my DOS software. The DOS software is unable to handle messages when the address line is longer than 250 characters. This only happens with spam, when they put 10 or more e-mail addresses in the TO: line.
Linux doesn't have this limitation, so I recently set up a Linux box (Red Hat v7.0) to handle UUCP for the times when DOS can't handle it. So I am in the process of learning how to use Linux, and figure out what other kinds of things I can do with it.
So if you ever hear some one say that there is no cost associated with spam, tell them I had to buy a computer, and had to installed a new Operating System (OS) just so that I could continue to use my e-mail account.
March 12, 2001. I am adding the Google search the web/search my site feature to my Tripod site (and hopefully the other sites as they get indexed).
March 6, 2001. Sometime between March 1 to March 5, 2001 Tripod deleted my account/web site. As per their useage agreement that I signed to get their free space, they are not required to notify me that they don't like what I am doing, or give advance notification (or notification of any kind) about my removal from their site. So I was quite taken by surprise when I tried logging in one day and no longer had a web site.
The last stats Tripod gave me were 9,000+ visitors per month. Since my site is so popular, I have decided to keep it going, in spite of this major setback. I continue to work on modifying the web site for relocation to FreeServers.com. Modifcations to this web site include removal of all web pages no longer needed, including QWK networks that have ceased to function or have merged into larger networks, the radio show which ended in 1998, the Tripod search engine, Guest Book, ...
The music site I helped with decided go with CommandLine.net to host their new ChromeOxide.com. I wish them the best of luck.
January 1, 2001. Happy New Year. This is the start of year seven for Earthquake City BBS. System activity is slowly decreasing. We are getting fewer new callers and fewer new subscribers. We continue to lose callers without getting new callers.
September 28, 2000 New QuickBasic software for Wildcat v4.x BBSs (or any one with a UUCP account). I just wrote MIME2UU, which is a MIME to UU attachment converter. It is now available for download from this web site.
August 15, 2000 I am definitely doing something right with this web site. Tripod stats showed me that we had 5,600 visitors to this web site in July 2000. And ever since we installed Tripod stats, it has showed a gradual increase in visitors to the site.
July 31, 2000 We have been having problems with some of the QWK mail networks. We are working on getting alternative sources for them.
July 23, 2000 I just implimented Drive Mirroring (just one of the nice features included with NetWare v3.20) instead of tape backup So, even though NetWare v3.20 has been discontinued by Novell, it continues to work nicely for the BBS file server, and I don't currently have any plans to upgrade it.
I also upgraded the file server the BBS is running off of. It is now running on a Pentium III 550mhz computer, with an Adaptec 2940U2W controller card, and dual 4gig hard drives.
February 2, 2000. While this is not a BBS function, for those in the Los Angeles area, this might be of interest.
I am the vendor coordinator for the LANet (Los Angeles Novell User Group). Our February 22, 2000 meeting will be a presentation by Microsoft on Windows 2000. Admission is $10.00 and includes pizza and soda. So if you are interested in seeing a Microsoft presentation in a more intimate setting (normal attendance is 35 people), consider attending.
January 6, 2000. Wildcat BBS bug patch is now functional.
January 2, 2000. I just noticed that the Answering Machine that Tripod used to offer is no longer available. If you left me a message on the Answering Machine, and I haven't responded to you, please E-Mail me instead.
January 1, 2000. Happy New Year. This is the start of year six for Earthquake City BBS. While system activity is fairly steady, we are getting fewer new callers and fewer new subscribers. While most of the prior callers are still using the BBS, the number of regular callers continues to decrease.
The Y2K bug has struck in a minor way. Some of the activity bulletins don't seem to work any more. And there is a Y2K patch for the BBS for a problem with door game drop files.
October 22, 1999. The Earthquake City BBS web site hit the big time! And I didn't even know it.
Tripod stats showed that this web site had more than 4,000 unique visitors last month (September 1999). Because of that, Tripod has increased my web space from 11mb to 50mb.
And now a brief comment about the search engine available on this site.
PicoSearch indexes this site whenever I request it (normally about once per month). Therefore you won't be able to find the newest additions to this site using it. However, it displays the results much nicer. Not only does it show you what page it found the item on, it also displays the surrounding context. And, you can click on the link to get there.
October 18, 1999. I added a second search engine for this site (Tripod). While PicoSearch is a nicer search tool, it runs off an index that it creates and stores at its site. The Tripod CGI search does an online realtime search, so, if you are looking for something new, you can find it instantly if it is here. I plan on having PicoSearch re-index this site monthly.
October 16, 1999. I broke up the Computer Links page into 26 pages based on the alphabet.
I had received requests for this, but until now, it wasn't feasable.
However, a number of factors made this possible, including:
Tripod gives extra space to sites generating more than 100 hits per day
PicoSearch site search can easily find anything on this site
I got tired of dealing with a 500kb web page.
June 13, 1999. I added a search engine for this site (Tripod). Now if you are looking for something, you can more easily determine if it is here.
April 19, 1999. I just bought a CD-R. If anyone is interested in any of the files from the BBS, we now have an affordable way to distribute them.
January 1, 1999. Happpy New Year. This is the start of year five for Earthquake City BBS. We are still getting new callers. We are still getting new subscribers. Many of the prior callers are still using the BBS.
If the answer to ALL of the above questions are yes, now there is a way. I have just finished writing and beta testing wcFileGate, a program that requires Wildcat v4.x, wcGate and a UUCP account. This program wcfg12.zip sits between the ISP and the BBS. It reads all incoming mail, and processes any messages sent to it.
Just send a message to: bbs for a help file, and to see how this works.
October 24, 1998. New wcCODE software for Wildcat v4.x BBSs. I just wrote wcFileGate, which is a pre-processor/auto-responder for incoming e-mail via a UUCP account and Wildcat v4.x BBS. It is now available for download from this web site.
September 19, 1998. I added a web site map link to the top of each of the pages for Earthquake City BBS.
September 9, 1998. All mail and messages can be responded to offline via standard QWK/REP packets and your favorite offline mail reader. Either by direct dial-up, or via internet e-mail.
September 5, 1998. New wcCODE software for Wildcat v4.x BBSs. I just wrote an Offline Individual Message Poster, which allows a sysop to post a message to any one individual, in any one conference, with or without a file attached to the message. It is now available for download from this web site.
This is part of a process to send and receive QWK and REP packets by internet e-mail. You no longer need to dial in to the BBS to participate in any of the conferences on the BBS.
August 31, 1998. It doesn't look like the radio show is coming back any time soon. So, I am removing most references to it on these various pages.
August 18, 1998. The last few weeks have been a little difficult for the BBS. Without air conditioning, it has been getting too hot to run the system (it has been over 90 degrees inside). However, the contractor has been here and is replaceing and repairing what is needed, so there should be no interruptions on this scale anytime in the forseeable future.
August 10, 1998. Rime international e-mail network is now available to callers of the BBS. U'NI-net is consolidating with Rime, and will no longer exist separately.
June 19, 1998. Intelec international e-mail network is now available to callers of the BBS. Intelec offers over 150 conferences on technical and non-technical subjects. Intelec currently has over 300 member BBS's in more than 15 countries.
June 6, 1998. No radio show tonight. And the radio show has been put on temporary hold.
June 4, 1998. Moved the page counter and Bottom 95% logo to the bottom section of this page. I also added an extra link so that it would be easier to get to the Steven Libis & Associates part of this site.
April 30, 1998. The Computer Links page just exceeded 200k in size. Only five months ago it was 140k in size. Where do all those links keep coming from? :-)
March 28, 1998. Started using [ ] to help make links more identifiable when multiple links are on the same link.
March 22, 1998. Tripod is offering (and I am finally putting them on this site) a Guest Book for visitors to this site.
March 20, 1998. Prior years history of Earthquake City BBS / Web Site has been moved to another (History) page. Just trying to reduce the size so that the main page (index) loads faster.
March 14, 1998. I went through and added meta tags to all the pages on this site. No other major changes. All the usual minor changes including, fix broken links, add new links, remove old links.
February 20, 1998. U'NI-net international echo mail network is now available to callers of the BBS.
U'NI-net offers over 60 professional, and information packed conferences on non-technical and technical subjects.
January 31, 1998.
Computers By Candlelight, normally the first
Saturday of every month, KPFK.FM 90.7, 1am to 3am, will have an extra show
this month on January 31, 1998 with your host Steven Libis, and guest
Mike Bruzzone from Camp Marketing,
consulting to IDT / Centaur Technology
makers of the WinChip. Talking about the WinChip, and alternate x86
Mike Bruzzone and IDT / Centaur Technology has donated a motherboard with WinChip CPU to the BBS and it is currently installed on the file server. Mike also donated 2 motherboards with CPUs for premiums for the fund drive. Click here to see my review of the WinChip. Thank you.
January 2, 1998. More hardware changes. I just finished putting together a 486dx40 4mb ram, 210 mb hard drive, 33,600 internal modem, ... to keep in reserve in case one of the regular nodes (1-4) has problems.
Of course, I don't know what I would do if I have a file server problem. But since everything on the file server was acquired July 1996 it should be good for a few more years. Anyone interested in testing a failover system (hardware or software), please feel free to contact me.
January 1, 1998. Happpy New Year. This is the start of year four for Earthquake City BBS. Thanks go out to all the people that have called and used the BBS. Even more thanks to the people that have helped out with donations of money, hardware, software and suggestions. You have all helped this BBS become a better place for all the callers. Who knows what may be accomplished with your continued support.
December 23, 1997. Minor change to layout of pages. As I make future changes to these pages, I will be putting a date of last update at the TOP of each page. Hopefully this will make it easier to tell if you need to browse the page again.
Do you think that a WHAT'S NEW section near the top of each page would be useful? suggestions?
The computer links page keeps growing. It is almost 140k in size. Would it make sense to break it into multiple pages? Is there a better / different way of presenting the same information? suggestions?
November 20, 1997. I only recently started writing software that may be of interest to a wider audience. These are some programs I use on / with my 4 line Wildcat! v4.20 BBS. They are now available for download from this web site.
November 12, 1997. I have received a few messages from people interested in having internet access to the BBS. That feature is not available at this time. However, it is something that I am thinking about. Until I can afford to do that, is anyone interested in receiving QWK packets from the BBS via internet e-mail? I found some software that claims to do it. And that is within my budget and technical expertise.
I have also made the usual additions and corrections to the listings on the Computer Links and the Science Fiction/Fun Links page. It seems like every time I pick up a magazine, I find at least one or two interesting links that I think are worth adding to the links page.
I am also in the process of adding more Online Games to the BBS, as well as fixing games that have stopped working for some reason. Between the upgrade of the modems, the upgrade of the operating system, the ... some of the games started acting erratically. If you want your game tested on this system, or your web site listed on the games page as a source of it, just e-mail me here. Keep in mind, this is Wildcat! v4.20 BBS running on a Novell NetWare network, with DOS v6.22 workstations.
October 30, 1997. I had been having some difficulty running online games on node 1. It has been upgraded from an AST 486sx25, to a clone 486dx2-66. I am now considering allowing games on node 1 again.
October 15, 1997. Ilink international echo mail network is now available to callers of the BBS.
ILink is the first of the QWK networks. It offers over 100 friendly conferences on non-technical and technical subjects.
ILink currently has over 250 member BBS's. Exchange thoughts and ideas with people in Africa, Asia, Canada, China, Europe, South America, and throughout the USA. Look to its conferences for accurate news, informed opinions, and friends. ILink has been described as an "oasis of civility in the maelstrom" by Business Week Magazine.
September 23, 1997. Online Games Menu (doors). August 31, 1997 Cafe Nebula BBS closed down. :-( Some of the registered games that will no longer be played at the L.A.S.F.S. clubhouse/BBS were transferred to Earthquake City BBS. They are now operational.
Also, Arena (conference # 22) (text/BBS based Fantasy Role Playing Game) formerly played on Cafe Nebula, has been transferred to Earthquake City BBS and is now available and in play.
September 21, 1997. Some of the Bulletins that get updated regularly on the BBS are now on display here.
August 27, 1997. I submitted this site to a number of search engines, and web site listers. I wonder what kinds of results we will be seeing?
August 15, 1997. Software has been re-organized slightly, with a lot more detail on the various software programs I am running. I didn't realize how much I had running on the file server. And I am still looking into adding more software to the network, as well as the BBS.
August 14, 1997. Bobcat (a DOS Lynx browser) is running on the BBS. These web pages are on display, and can be browsed (local links only) on the BBS.
August 13, 1997. I changed the format/layout for the following three pages. Users/Friends Links has been condensed to only showcase/list friends and users of the BBS. They now have a whole page all to themselves.
Computer Links is now directly accessible from all
EQCity pages. All the sections that used to have links from the top of that
page, are now listed somewhat alphabetically, and if they had links from the
top of the page, they still do.
This page is mostly links for DOS software (internet and not) as well as Novell NetWare sites of interest. This includes makers of hardware as well as software.
Science Fiction/Fun Links is now directly accessible from all EQCity pages. These are links which are slightly more fun, less business oriented than the computer links page. There are still links to computer companies, but for the fun stuff: screen savers, jokes, ...
Otherwise, only minor corrections to format and layout. No major changes or corrections to content.
August 1, 1997. Installed a page counter on this site. Not much in the way of visitors, but I wanted to get an idea of the amount of traffic that was being generated for the site.
July 15, 1997. Enough of this web site is working to start announcing to my friends.
June 30, 1997. I started working on these web pages. I didn't know HTML or have a real clear idea what I was looking for. But I decided I needed to have a web page for the radio show I was involved with.
February 3, 1997. Internet e-mail started working on the BBS. And I started the procedure of automating the mail runs.
January 16, 1997. Upgraded from Wildcat! v3.91 BBS software, to v4.20.
January 1, 1997. Start of year three for Earthquake City BBS.
September 13, 1996. Added 2 phone lines to bring the total up to 4.
July 26, 1996. Changed BBS setup from 2 lines running on a single PC running on DOS and Desqview, to Novell NetWare v3.12, and a separate dedicated PC for each incoming phone line.
January 1, 1996. Start of year two for Earthquake City BBS.
January 1, 1995. Start of year one for Earthquake City BBS.
January 1, 1994. Start of year zero for the nameless BBS. The earthquake definately slowed down the start of this BBS. However, it did help me come up with a name. :-)
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