Posted on: 2012-02-29 14:55:12.000
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!