[RC5] Concerning mothballed equipment
plstkman at island.net
Mon Jan 19 11:10:26 EST 1998
>So I thought up a way to get computers like mine up into the
>distributed.net effort and be quasi-networked. In spite of being a
>386sx/16, it still has a modem (a 28.8 even, one of the first by PPI).
>Instead of connecting to an ISP just for some blocks, how about if the
>client dialed up a central "telephone proxy" and used something like
>Zmodem or HSLink to send and receive blocks.
I believe any one of us could do it with a bit of custom software. There
are two possible setups for the server side:
On a machine with a dedicated net connection -> the software on the
side would dial in and send it's out-buff file (complete file, even zip'd
that makes it much smaller), e-mail address, and # of blocks desired. The
server side then "edits" an INI file to the e-mail and # of desired blocks
of the calling system, places the out-buff in the directory, fires up
rc5des.exe -update, and sends the resulting in-buff back to the
calling system before hanging up.
On a dialup net connection machine -> I believe the same kind of thing
be setup using the regular personal proxy software, but I haven't had any
reason to use it yet.
On the client side we run the DOS client (i'd imagine most of these
will be setup with DOS) with the -runbuffers option and fire up the custom
calling software every time it exits.
So the big question would be, is it worth it? How many people would use
such a service, especially if it involved a long distance call every day
two? How effective would the addition of these machines be to the effort?
I could put together DOS versions of the calling software using a FOSSIL
driver and DSZ or HSLink without much trouble, but I don't have a
line or internet connection to run it on. The clients wouldn't need
anything more than a 2400 baud modem since the buffer files are so
small...and they could probably even run off a floppy disk with no monitor
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