The SysOp's Blog

Started 2019-07-17 22:03

Greetings! I am the "SysOp" of this website, a title bestowed upon those who operated the BBSes of yesteryear. I plan to capture the adventuring and sharing spirit of those dial-up systems within this site and add on a slew of modern conveniences for us digital pioneers.

Within this blog I'll document my trials, adventures and progress in building the site. Actually this will be the first DIY project to be discussed within this site. Unfortunately for the time being its going to be an awfully one-sided discussion.

To that end as soon as I had the machinery in place I started writing blog entries, going back to the beginning and hitting the highlights of my progress. With the software I've written it should be fairly easy to keep updating this as I progress.

Stay tuned...


HUGE Milestone: RTTI Enabled Context and OPF

2019-07-08 06:51:36 0 comments

A couple of big milestones here. I've known for quite some time that Object Pascal (Delphi, FreePascal, ...) keeps type information for published object properties available for run-time inspection (RTTI). I've just not had the occasion to jump in and check out what's there. But it definitely seemed like what I needed here. So in I dove.

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Computer Quotes, JS and data to go with it

2019-06-12 10:10:46 0 comments

Woohoo! I've added a simple little amusement to the top of the "Coming Soon" page. A "quote of the moment" bubble that rotates every minute. Quotes have been pulled mostly from chain-eMails that used to make the rounds years ago. I think that's been replaced by facebook now. I'll be updating the list as I find interesting fodder and this widget will have a home on the finished site. I like it so much I'll have to add it to my in-office server's "home page"!

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Launched fpWeb based site!

2019-06-08 21:20:32 0 comments

banging head This weekend I've been fighting with Apache modules to do FastCGI hosting... I finally found one that actually works. Amazing how much software is released that barely functions. In all fairness the issue could be in the fpWeb framework or the Apache modules. The "Mod-FastCGI" module is what I ended up using. The future of it is dubious. But by the time I will need to be concerned with updates I should have enough happening on the site I'll have moved it to its own VPS and hosted under NginX! I'm tired of Apache...

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Template system is beginning to work!

2019-06-06 11:05:37 0 comments

I can't believe I can't find a decent template system. Most of the ones for my language tools were simple merge style systems, doing basic string to string replacements. So I rolled up my sleeves and set to work. The "Django" template system is so well thought out and having worked with it a bunch I think I'll mimic it. I'm not the only one to go down this road many others have also done so: Volt, Handlebars, ...

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The Genesis of Ye Ol' Pi Shack

2019-05-25 19:59:08 0 comments

In the beginning there was one static page for the Ye Ol' Pi Shack (YOPS)...

I am excited about this idea! I want to start getting it out. So I've scraped together some images of various things I've worked on over the years and built a collage for the front page. I've wrapped it in some static HTML, CSS, ... And later I found some decent looking emojis in the Tango Project, so I replaced the ASCII versions with the images. They aren't quite the style I want so later I'll have to scout for an emoji set in a style more fitting to YOPS.

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