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CHUGALUG Meeting - 5/11, 12pm(ish), Coffee Shop at the Doctor's Building

From: Eric Wolf 
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NOTE: The Coffee Shop accepts CASH ONLY.

I'll be in town for the weekend. So I'm calling the meeting. It's entirely
social in nature.

For those who don't know, the Coffee Shop happens to be where CHUGALUG was
formed. Trying to dig back into ancient history, Higher Technology Services
was upstairs in the Doctor's Building. They ran a sizable FidoNet node.
Regular lunch meetups occured in the Coffee Shop. Eventually, Mike and Dan
decided the BBS needed Usenet feeds so they cobbled together a fractional
T1 and, with some help from Robert Wilson, got a pre-1.0 kernel Linux
system to connect. Then they leaned about SLIP and realized the same
hardware could provide direct connections to the 'Net. Thus was born
Chattanooga Online at a time when Mosaic was still a science project at
NCSA, the nearest 9600 baud modem was America Online in Nashville, and
Windows was for Workgroups. Eventually, HTS/COL moved downstairs directly
across from the Coffee Shop. CHUGALUG was formed as a LUG focused on
advanced applications of Linux (specifically, we never held installfests
like CALUG). The name CHUGALUG came from Larry Burton, one of the Chia
regulars.

So there's history in them thar tables!


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Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Matt Eslinger ------------------------------------------------------ Cool story. Eric, are you going to be visiting Mr. Kite at all while in town?

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I vaugely remember walking into the Doctor's Building around 1994 and trying to get a COL account, and I vaguely remember Mike (I think it was him) telling me there was a $100 minimum, which I couldn't deal with. Robert Wilson... gee that name sounds really familiar... I wonder if he's one of the guys I used to work with at the UTC Administrative Computing department? Really smart feller. We talked about fido net as soon as I got my Tandy1000. That Tandy spent a LOT of time connnected to UTC's gandalf and the IBM or HP3000 back in those days, so I didn't really see the need for fidonet or COL until after I graduated ;-) Graduated and got a Comp-u-serve account so I could keep up with the OJ Simpson trial ;-)

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I did tech support during the first month COL was "live" in November 1994. Mike can clarify but I bet Ed was one of the first people to ask about buying an account. Mike probably said "$100" because he had no idea what to charge for it. All he knew was what the fractional T1 cost. He probably figured be could get 10-25 people to sign up at that price which would just about pay for the upstream bandwidth (256Kbps). HTS/COL ultimately left the Doctor's Building because the loop back fee that BellSouth (or whatever it was called at the time) wanted for a T3. I believe the building on Main Street paid for itself in 2-3 months. And yes, that is the correct Robert Wilson. Not the Illuminati Robert Wilson. -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ That's what he wants you to believe. ;) ----- Original Message ----- From: Eric Wolf To: CHUGALUG Sent: Fri, 04 May 2012 13:45:25 -0400 (EDT) And yes, that is the correct Robert Wilson. Not the Illuminati Robert Wilson. -Eric

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Is this historic landmark by chance at 755 McCallie across from Yella Deli?

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ 744 McCallie - on the South side at the intersection of Palmetto and McCallie. -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ It was $3k per month for a 128k fractional T1. We had more bandwidth than the entire statewide UTC network.. Robert, Dan and others figured out the slip/PPP thing, We built an ISP from parts. Need radius authentication: Start coding. Need a way to manage users: start coding.. All on Linux.

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ DON"T park on the UTC side. they can be real pricks. ----- Original Message ----- From: Eric Wolf To: timyoungblood@gmail.com, CHUGALUG Sent: Fri, 04 May 2012 14:57:05 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: [Chugalug] CHUGALUG Meeting - 5/11, 12pm(ish), Coffee Shop at the Doctor's Building 744 McCallie - on the South side at the intersection of Palmetto and McCallie. -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I just realized how "original" the name "Chattanooga Online" was. It's been a while since I thought about what AOL stands for. *- Chad W. Smith** *