september 2020
august 2020
may 2019

Cidco MailStation as a Z80 Development Platform

posted on may 3rd, 2019 with tags hardware, retrocomputing, and z80, and last updated on mar 31st, 2020

The Cidco MailStation is a series of dedicated e-mail terminals sold in the 2000s as simple, standalone devices for people to use to send and receive e-mail over dialup modem. While their POP3 e-mail functionality is of little use today, the hardware is a neat Z80 development platform that integrates a 320x128 LCD, full QWERTY keyboard, and an internal modem.

After purchasing one (ok, four) on eBay some months ago, I’ve learned enough about the platform to write my own software that allows it to be a terminal for accessing BBSes via its modem or as a terminal for a Unix machine connected over parallel cable.

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march 2018

Dolch PAC 64

posted on mar 20th, 2018 with tags hardware, and retrocomputing

The Dolch PAC 64 is a portable, rugged Pentium-powered PC from the mid 1990s. It was usually used (and can usually be found on eBay) as a “portable network sniffer” complete with multiple network cards supporting multiple media types.

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june 2017
april 2015

Creating a BBS in 2015

posted on apr 2nd, 2015 with tags ruby, and retrocomputing, and last updated on mar 28th, 2015

Although it fooled nobody, yesterday for April Fools’ Day, Lobsters users that normally saw a boring list of story titles and links were greeted with a BBS-style interface to the site complete with story and comment browsing, private message reading and sending, and a multi-user chat area.

The BBS remains active at [https://lobste.rs/bbs](https://lobste.rs/bbs) (you can login as "`guest`").

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