• JSON-DB service somewhat restored
    Sun Jul 16 2017 16:56:24
    Something was hammering away at my JSON-DB server, causing instability. This
    probably led to intermittent problems with Oneliners, SyncWall, and various
    networked games. Should be resolved for the time being.

    I've been absent from this hobby for a couple of months due to other
    commitments, but will probably get back into it in the near future and will try
    to catch up on unread messages soon.

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    echicken
    electronic chicken bbs - bbs.electronicchicken.com - 416-273-7230
  • Jeopardized!
    Sun Nov 27 2016 11:50:18
    I wrote a new game last winter and forgot to announce it here. It's a daily
    inter-BBS trivia game called Jeopardized! which borrows content from and
    matches the format of a popular TV quiz show.

    Each day, 51 new questions are selected across 11 different categories. Players
    on all participating BBSs are presented with the same content, and are scored
    based on the "money" that they win and the number of correct/incorrect answers
    they provide. Built-in chat and notifications let you keep an eye on how other
    people are faring in the game, and what's happening on the BBS while you're
    playing.

    You can find Jeopardized! on the games menu of this BBS. It's also
    available on maskreet's DoorParty game server. If you're a Synchronet sysop,
    you can grab a copy of it for your own BBS here:

    http://cvs.synchro.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xtrn/jeopardized/

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    echicken
    electronic chicken bbs - bbs.electronicchicken.com - 416-273-7230
  • Dial-up service temporarily offline
    Wed Jul 06 2016 21:19:05
    I've had to take the dial-up modem offline for a while. Service will probably
    resume in 4 - 6 weeks.

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    echicken
    electronic chicken bbs - bbs.electronicchicken.com - 416-273-7230
  • Yet another Synchronet web interface
    Thu Sep 03 2015 03:43:17
    Coming soon: a new, faster, prettier, more feature-rich replacement for the
    slow, ugly and well intentioned ecWeb. You can see the work in progress at:

    http://bbs.electronicchicken.com/

    You may or may not see some errors and oddities if I'm working on it when you
    visit. Don't be alarmed - it's usually stable unless I'm actively breaking and
    fixing it. :D

    Pages and sidebar modules from ecWeb v3 (and possibly earlier) can be brought
    over to the new system with little to no modification. (It took me about 20
    minutes to port over the user list page, the "Who's online" sidebar module, and
    the "System stats" sidebar module.)

    This new web interface does away with a few annoyances, kludges, and problems
    presented by my previous efforts. It's easier to install and configure. It's
    built on Bootstrap (http://getbootstrap.com/), so it looks great on mobile
    devices - and there are plenty of themes already available.

    New features include:

    - File areas (with HTTP file downloads)
    - Unread mail indicator (no more cheesy JS alert())
    - Per Group, Sub, and Thread unread message indicators
    - Message scan pointer updates
    - Sidebar show/hide toggle in small windows or mobile devices

    I'll post an update here once it's been made available for others to install on
    their own systems.

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    echicken
    electronic chicken bbs - bbs.electronicchicken.com - 416-273-7230
  • Lemons and other Bullshit
    Thu Sep 03 2015 03:07:44
    I meant to post about this months ago, but apparently forgot. I wrote a
    Lemmings-like game for Synchronet. It's called "Lemons". You can find it at
    the top of the Games menu on this BBS, or grab a copy of your own from the
    Synchronet CVS:

    http://cvs.synchro.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xtrn/lemons/?view=tar

    A few people have requested my bulletin-lister over the years. It may or may
    not be what you're after (it doesn't currently use text files, but rather uses
    a message base for storage), but you can find it here:

    http://cvs.synchro.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xtrn/bullshit/?view=tar

    I may add some other features to it in the future.

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    echicken
    electronic chicken bbs - bbs.electronicchicken.com - 416-273-7230