• Upsetting msg from Daryl

    From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to All on Sat Apr 25 19:16:00 2020

    Hi Folks!

    Received this e-mail from Daryl Stout -- doesn't sound good.



    Subject: Storm Damage and Retirement

    The bad luck continues...as if it ever stopped.

    Severe weather overnight fried the UPS units, and they won't power up.
    With no UPS units available locally, and financial issues, The
    Thunderbolt BBS is basically dead in the water. The Lenovo laptop does
    not have the space for the BBS. So, after nearly 30 years of Sysoping, I
    am reluctantly forced to retire. I use the laptop for ham radio nets,
    and if I lose that, all my hobbies are gone.

    I feel I've betrayed my late wife, as I had promised to keep the BBS
    alive. But, with all the BBS and weather issues of late, it's basically
    gone. Monday is 13 years since her death, and next Friday, May 1, would
    have been the BBS's 28th birthday. So, it's time I disappear for awhile,
    and go cry my eyes out. This is truly a May Day (distress) incident.

    Those who wanted me permanently offline, now have their wish, and I hope they're happy. Those who felt I was lying about lightning and severe
    weather now have proof that I was being truthful. Forward this to
    various networks and echoes, especially where those who felt their fecal excrement didn't stink, so they can see this. Let them rejoice...their
    payback is coming, sooner than they think.

    Obviously, go ahead and remove me from the nodelists, kill all my mail,
    and settings. If I could come out of retirement, I would. But, at this
    point, I don't care anymore, and have had enough.

    The only good thing is the house wasn't damaged, I still have power, and
    I wasn't injured.

    Thanks to everyone who helped me with Sysoping over the years. For the
    most part, it has been fun, but it's time to move on.

    I will likely not answer emails, phone calls, etc., for awhile... I just
    want to be alone.

    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ, Retired Sysop
    The Thunderbolt BBS





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  • From Nigel Reed@endofthelinebbs.com.nospan (Nigel Reed) to Barry Martin on Sun Apr 26 22:48:20 2020
    Barry wrote:
    Severe weather overnight fried the UPS units, and they won't power up.
    With no UPS units available locally, and financial issues, The
    Thunderbolt BBS is basically dead in the water. The Lenovo laptop does
    not have the space for the BBS. So, after nearly 30 years of Sysoping, I
    am reluctantly forced to retire. I use the laptop for ham radio nets,
    and if I lose that, all my hobbies are gone.

    I've reached out to Darryl to offer him a USB thumb drive to attach to his laptop and run his BBS on. That should be plenty of space, should he choose
    to do it. I've also offered an old UPS I have, it works but needs new batteries, maybe people can chip in for the battery replacements so he can
    get safely back online.

    The storms that come through the TX/AR/OK/KS/MO and surrounding states can
    be devastating, they can knock out utilities for days, even weeks in remote areas. Darrly has given the BBS community over 30 years of service, so this would be a good time to give back.
  • From Mike Powell@454:3/105 to NIGEL REED on Mon Apr 27 18:39:00 2020
    I've reached out to Darryl to offer him a USB thumb drive to attach to his laptop and run his BBS on. That should be plenty of space, should he choose to do it. I've also offered an old UPS I have, it works but needs new batteries, maybe people can chip in for the battery replacements so he can get safely back online.

    Sounds like he maybe already has ordered a new UPS, he just has to wait for
    it to arrive. With the Wuhan Coronavirus going on, that will take longer
    than normal.

    Mike


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nigel Reed on Tue Apr 28 10:19:00 2020

    Hi Nigel!

    I've reached out to Darryl to offer him a USB thumb drive to
    attach to his laptop and run his BBS on. That should be plenty of
    space, should he choose to do it. I've also offered an old UPS I
    have, it works but needs new batteries, maybe people can chip in
    for the battery replacements so he can get safely back online.

    A thank you for the offerings. I had suggested an external hard drive
    and he mentioned not having room on his USB hub, plus a problem with the
    data on a 32-bit backup and his system is 64-bit. Last messaging last
    night was a few Google hits on how to turn on NTVDM in Windows (10).


    The storms that come through the TX/AR/OK/KS/MO and surrounding
    states can be devastating, they can knock out utilities for days,
    even weeks in remote areas. Darrly has given the BBS community
    over 30 years of service, so this would be a good time to give
    back. --- SBBSecho 3.10-Linux

    Even 'just' as a regular BBS member.



    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Powell on Tue Apr 28 10:19:00 2020

    MIKE POWELL wrote to NIGEL REED <=-

    (Re; Daryl)
    Sounds like he maybe already has ordered a new UPS, he just has
    to wait for it to arrive. With the Wuhan Coronavirus going on,
    that will take longer than normal.

    Maybe having just about everything manufactured in China wasn't such a
    good idea!


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  • From Mike Powell@454:3/105 to BARRY MARTIN on Wed Apr 29 16:20:00 2020
    Maybe having just about everything manufactured in China wasn't such a
    good idea!

    You will get little argument out of me on that point.

    Mike


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Powell on Thu Apr 30 11:30:00 2020

    Hi Mike!

    Maybe having just about everything manufactured in China wasn't such a
    good idea!
    You will get little argument out of me on that point.

    I don't know the whol eeconomic picture but this seems to verify it's
    not a good idea to put all of ones eggs in a single basket.



    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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