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    OSY 1.0 brought back from the dead

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    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9342
    Posted on: 2012-02-29 14:55:12.000
    Hello, OSYers!

    After playing around on the WayBack Machine for a while, I found that it had actually archived some of OSY 1.0, and I got all Nostalgic for the old days. Sadly, it only grabbed the main forum index and a handful of threads-- most of them were lost forever.

    Or were they?

    I had made a backup of all the data files from OSY 1.0, which used IkonBoard, an early Perl-based web BBS that stored all its messages in text-file format (not the most efficient, but certainly handy in this case!)

    I tried to revive the IkonBoard scripts, but they kept failing in mysterious ways, and I thought: wait a minute, why am I tearing my hear out trying to restore an ancient forum software when I could just retrieve said messages by writing some new code?

    So I did. In the process I learned a bit about regular expression syntax and CSS tables, and learning stuff is always good.

    Sadly, about one-third of OSY 1.0 is gone ACTUALLY forever... My backups clearly weren't kept up to date. Then there was the great Pruning Disaster of 2001, which erased a bunch of older messages as well. :( But the earliest messages are there, and from 2001-2002 it's pretty much all there.

    I present to you, in chronological order, OSY 1.0!

    Posts: 10468
    Posted on: 2012-03-01 08:01:21.000
    AYB sounded stupid back then......


    smam :)

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9342
    Posted on: 2012-03-05 14:13:26.000
    Trust me, we all sounded stupider back then.

    I think that’s a good thing... it means we’ve grown not only older but wiser in the intervening years.

    Here’s a short list of memorable threads I found in the OSY 1.0 archives: - Where is JR? He got married! - Madan and PeterB discuss IT staff and their relationship to business - So my dad’s in the hospital - My dad just died... - installing openstep and posting to the web - my 30th birthday - writing the first book in the Pegasus trilogy - the OSY version of Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Smam) - leads to a discussion of Tolkien - a story about my former crazy company - I want to write the history of the Amiga - Harb gives me Deathbed Vigil video and tells stories - First chapter of Amiga book - I want to write an OSY web game - This is how OSY 1.0 responded to trolling. Epic!

    Posts: 9592
    Posted on: 2012-04-10 10:19:04.000
    Ah yes, the sheer lunacy that was Madan...

    Predictions that .NET wouldn't go mainstream...

    Laughing at the rampant trolling on Ars...

    Good times.

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9342
    Posted on: 2012-04-10 11:42:05.000
    Sometimes I wonder what happened to Madan.

    He's basically impossible to find on the Interwebs these days. All his old email addresses are defunct, and he has such a generic real life name that it is impossible to search for him.

    Ah, memories...

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