• modding

    From dream master@44:100/0 to All on Sun Mar 15 06:28:00 2015
    so how did some of you get into modding? who were some of your influences?

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  • From Gryphon@44:100/4 to dream master on Sun Mar 15 10:20:00 2015
    On 03/15/15, dream master said the following...

    so how did some of you get into modding? who were some of your influences?

    Modding is what got me into my IT career. Here's the long story...


    I was working as letter carrier for the usps in silicon valley, and at this time I knew nothing about computers. In '89, we had that loma-prietta earthquake. My appartment was out of power for a long time, so I would hang out at my parent's house for extended periods of time. My mom showed me this new computer game she got. She had an 8-bit IBM XT computer because she used it for her tax accounting business. Anyways, she showed me this game "Kings Quest IV: the Perils of Rosella". We played the game all the way through,
    and I decided that I needed my own computer so that I can play cool computer games too.

    So I spent $1600 at Radio Shack to buy a Tandy 1000 TL/2, with the tandy 16 color monitor. I was having fun playing games and such, but then I started having to pay a monthly mortgage on the computer. I was talking to a friend
    of mine at work about how I should be using my computer to *make* money, and
    he told me about the shareware concept. We then started selling shareware disks at conventions and such. The way we got the shareware was to download
    it from BBSes.

    We decided that it cost too much to dial long distance to download the shareware, so we figured we could set up our own BBS and let other people upload the best new shareware to us. And we could charge to have people
    access the BBS and let them download shareware.

    Well, the BBS software I chose was WWIV. I liked it since I could buy the source code and mod my own. My mom had a copy of Borland Turbo C, so I got
    to use that for compiling the code.

    So, I took a course or two to learn how to code in C and C++. And I was off
    an making mods to my WWIV BBS. I started off by applying many of the various WWIV mods that were floating around out there, then I started writing my own.

    This, along with all my sysoping experience, I got myself a job at 3Com in Santa Clara, where I managed their inhouse 32-line TBBS BBS called Cardboard. It was a support site for their network cards and devices. Users could download the updated drivers or read the various support docs. I had to add support docs to the knowledge base all the time. I was also adding the new drivers as well.

    That one job led to my next, and my next, etc, etc.

    "No matter where you go, there you are!" - Buckaroo Bonzai

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  • From mental block@44:100/2 to Gryphon on Sun Mar 15 21:49:00 2015
    the source code and mod my own. My mom had a copy of Borland Turbo C,
    so I got to use that for compiling the code.


    best part of the story =)

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  • From Al@44:250/0 to dream master on Wed Mar 18 10:02:00 2015
    On 03/15/15, dream master said the following...

    so how did some of you get into modding? who were some of your influences?

    I haven't done any modding lately. Years ago when I was running Maximus I did quite a lot of modding with mecca. I had a fairly well modded bbs as far as
    max bbs's went! :) Mecca is a really simple script language I guess you could call it. Max also has mex but that's a little over my head. I used to run
    quite a few mex programs that other people wrote too. There was a way cool
    mex chat program I used to run called mamachat, it looked like iceedit.

    I have looked at a few MPL programs but that is a bit over my head too. I
    keep looking at the sources though and if it ever starts to make sense to me I'll see what I can do!!

    Ttyl :-),
    Al

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  • From dream master@44:100/0 to Al on Wed Mar 18 17:48:00 2015
    On 03/18/15, Al said the following...
    I have looked at a few MPL programs but that is a bit over my head too. I keep looking at the sources though and if it ever starts to make sense
    to me I'll see what I can do!!

    well find an online course on youtube for pascal and it will make more sense. ;)

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  • From ROBERT WOLFE@44:901/0 to DREAM MASTER on Fri Apr 3 10:34:00 2015
    so how did some of you get into modding? who were some of your
    influences?

    In answer to the first question, an attempt to make my Wildcat! board
    NOT look like every other Wildcat! board on the planet :)

    In answer to the second question - Hector Santos. I began writing
    wcCODE mods to either add features to Wildcat! that are missing in my
    view (like an automated QWK-by-FTP script similar to what Synchronet
    has) or write workarounds to fix bugs that Hector refuses to fix that
    can easily be fixed by a few lines of wcCODE :)_

    ... Engineers: often wrong, seldom in doubt.
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  • From mental block@44:100/2 to ROBERT WOLFE on Sat Apr 4 23:18:00 2015
    In answer to the second question - Hector Santos. I began writing
    wcCODE mods to either add features to Wildcat! that are missing in my view (like an automated QWK-by-FTP script similar to what Synchronet
    has) or write workarounds to fix bugs that Hector refuses to fix that
    can easily be fixed by a few lines of wcCODE :)_

    wish we could get inconsole() function back from wccode from 4.0 ;(

    the software has flexiability but its pretty rough around the edges.

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