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Re: Wedgelist List Resurgence

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John Wroclawski

Re: Wedgelist List Resurgence
« on: April 14, 2019, 02:46:14 PM »
Hi all,

> On Apr 12, 2019, at 11:00 PM, Mark Elbers wrote:
>
> But if is well to remember that It exists through the generosity of others.
At
> 30 years old it is reasonable to expect that those who host us may retire
soon
> if they haven't already.   I wonder if there is a succession plan or if one
> day we'll just be told times up.

> On Apr 13, 2019, at 11:00 PM, Jim TenCate wrote:
>
> Until John severs ties with MIT, I think we're ok. I wonder whatever
> happened to that TR7 he's got in the back of a garage somewhere in Boston?

Actually, FWIW, webre in surprisingly stable hands. The list is indeed more
or less running itself, but itbs doing that as a small part of a larger
infrastructure that has good support and more than one person behind it.
Beyond that, if the support situation here ever gets dicey, my plan is to wrap
the whole thing up in a virtual machine, dump it into the cloud, and send the
management password to Jim and the TWOA, or if that doesnbt work see if the
Team.Net people are still in business at the time and would like to host it
for a while (although, Mark is even a few years older than I am..)

There _is_ a bit of software modernization thatbs really way beyond needed
now as a result of the way the big email providers - gmail and so on - deal
with SPAM these days. Ibve been saying Ibd get to that for years, and some
day soon Ibll get the last 10% finished and turn it on, but in the meantime,
it ticks along.

The b7 is currently (still..) taking a little nap in its garage, along with
a TR3 and a number of bits of metal that may or may not technically constitute
a TR2. I did, with some suffering, give away two other garages worth of TR3
parts to Mike Buonanduci up in Vermont last fall, due to the unfortunate
circumstance that the nice person who owned those garages _finally_ decided to
turn them into condos, only about 15 years after I thought he would. Oh well.

(Also I almost accidentally bought a TR6 the other day. Yeesh, how does stuff
like that happen.)

> On Apr 12, 2019, at 11:00 PM, Mark Elbers wrote:
>
> Only feature I think most people miss these days is the ability to attach
> pictures, which the list  used to support in the early days, but which was
> removed I think due to the high cost of bandwidth back them.

Actually the big problem at the time was that direct attachments were causing
lots of systems to reject messages as spam, and a few folks with very small
mailbox quotas to run out of space quickly. I think today both of these
problems could be managed, although the issue of attachments getting flagged
as viruses (because sometimes they are..) remains. But if this is something
people really miss, we can certainly take a shot at bringing it back. If you
have a view, please do let me know.

cheers, bjohn