Welcome to Doc’s FidoSysop Archive. I’m an MS-DOS days Fidonet network computer bulletin board system operator (SysOp) turned pro-webmaster and blogger, hanging out in cyberspace keeping up with tech. Times sure have changed since going online with a 2400 baud modem back then! 😎
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, I’m a good ole southern boy from the early ’50s. As a teenager, I learned to fix radios and TVs. Also hung out at a local taxi-cab garage after school, learning how to fix cars. In 1972 I became the youngest state-licensed used car dealer, buying older cars and restoring them to resell. Later in life, when automotive refrigerants required an ASE and MACS certificate to purchase (Freon R-12), I got certified and specialized in fixing auto air conditioners. In 1991 Doc’s Place Fidonet BBS was founded using an old IBM PC 286/8 clone. Its last software update was in 1997 when it was modded to allow access from the www or telnet. At that time its rarely used dial-up lines were eliminated. Doc’s place bbs is still online today though it is NOT mobile-friendly nor supports encryption. username/password is guest/guest to log in and reminisce about days long ago.
Fast-moving advancements in technology have left Fidonet in the dark ages to die a slow miserable death. Here is a bbs telnet tour screen video Doc produced in 2016 showing the site’s Telnet access features in action. The internet menu allowed outgoing telnet connections anywhere on the net. Doc’s place bbs also featured a GUI the Wildcat Navigator which allowed web surfing when dialing into the system via modem. Wildcat version 5 was the most advanced bbs software ever developed!
Over the years, I’ve observed my once-proud homeland going to crap! Greedy politicians have sold America out. Once proud American cities turned into slums, their politicians became more prosperous and powerful. It seemed our homeland was a goner as businesses moved overseas where labor was cheap. Skilled American workers lost their jobs, causing hard times and setting in motion foreclosures and vehicle repossessions. Nobody cared about the American worker cast aside by corporations!
I became interested in politics about a decade ago and decided it would be beneficial to register to vote. Like so many Americans years ago, I figured politicians were all crooks, and voting was picking the lesser of the two evils. But in 2015, a very successful non-politician American businessman stepped forward running for president whose campaign promised to Make America Great Again!
His name is Donald J. Trump. When he announced his campaign at Trump Tower, he was attacked by the media and censored by social media. When Donald Trump won big in 2016, it shocked big-tech monoliths headed by Google, who altered their search algorithm to bury positive content and prioritize the negative. While technology has improved most of our lives, the downside of this modern technology is how it’s being manipulated for political bias censorship purposes.
Donald Trump kept his word and made Americans proud again! Lower corporate taxes enticed corporations to move back to America, which was respected worldwide. Then came Covid-19 that forced America’s businesses to close. I believe that politics was behind the Wuhan lab leak. Donald Trump was taking a big bite out of China’s economy. They had to halt Trump’s roaring economy and prevent him from winning another term. The rest is an absolute political nightmare! 😥