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It has been suggested that for the sake of permies.com, I should have a facebook account.  So far, what the connection is has eluded me.  But I figure I might understand it once I'm hip deep:  facebook.com/paulwheaton12

 
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good luck! I was invited to facebook and personally just don't have the patience to really get into it i guess. I don't find it particularly easy to navigate. I haven't been able to figure out "where" I am and where I am posting a message and where that message is going to be visible or sent to. but I have little patience and even less IQ when it comes to stuff like that! at this point I manage to respond when something gets forwarded to my email but rarely attempt to go to face book and cruise around. if I am on facebook that means I am suffering from excruciating boredom.......
 
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Well, I haven't been on for even 24 hours.  Of the friend requests I have sent, it has been amazing how many responses I have had.  And I've also been shocked by the volume of requests.

One guy I had never heard of, but he requested that we be friends and at that moment we already had 10 friends in common. 

The software is terribly buggy. 

At the same time, it has been fun to visit with folks I have not visited with in a very long time. 

I'm still not sure what the value is to permies.com - but I suppose I'll find out later today.

 
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paul wheaton wrote:

The software is terribly buggy. 




maybe that is what I am seeing. things just work.......funny. and aren't very self explanatory, to me anyway. but there is that frustration tolerance thing  i can't seem to get a grasp of "where" I am or where it is posting or who will see it. recently I spent a while trying to figure out how to reply to a chat message. there was nowhere I could find where it said 'to reply to this message type here' it just kept popping up until I started clicking around all over it and figured out where to type.......worked great once I figured it out but...sheesh.....I don't want to have to go to some "help" portion to figure out how to do everything or just start random crazy mouse clicking on stuff on blank areas!

I have made contact with some long lost freinds though.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

The software is terribly buggy. 



Not really understanding what you mean by "buggy". I use facebook on 2 different computers, my iMac and a Windows computer at the barn. I haven't had any problems with it, until today. I was chatting with a friend and chat was acting up, but the rest of it was fine. It's the 1st time I've had any problems with it in about a year. It sure has become popular.

I think facebook is a really good way to share pictures & stay in touch with friends & family. I love seeing pix that friends post. I was also able to contact an old friend that I hadn't been in touch with in 20 years. That's been great! We chat on a regular basis.
 
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The chat feature can be handy.  Anyone know if multiple people can chat together simultaneously?

It would be a useful tool to establish a date in advance where questions can be posed of experts or specialists in real time.

I made contact with a friend from high school who is looking to buy a small farm in Ohio, gave her the link to this site.
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OK paul you have the satisfaction of seeing my last names on Facebook as I just sent you a request.  haha.  It feels more secure than a message board?  Less searchable by the general public who aren't my "friends" anyway. 
 
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Ken Peavey wrote:
The chat feature can be handy.  Anyone know if multiple people can chat together simultaneously?

It would be a useful tool to establish a date in advance where questions can be posed of experts or specialists in real time.

I made contact with a friend from high school who is looking to buy a small farm in Ohio, gave her the link to this site.



I have the facebook chat in my instant messenger now, so I hardly ever go on the site, and can still stay in touch that way.  For a group chat, we could have an IRC channel! 

Facebook reminds me of the old BBS days a little, maybe in part cause all my old BBS buddies are there!
 
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Whenever anybody mentions "old BBS days" I have to ask:  what terminal software did you use?

 
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paul wheaton wrote:
Whenever anybody mentions "old BBS days" I have to ask:  what terminal software did you use?



I had a 24 line BBS in south Florida called Dragon World... we used Galacticom. 
 
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I had a 12 line running some stuff on a microvax.  Later I scaled down and ran a different thing on galacticomm.

But!  What terminal software did you use?  Or, more specifically, what terminal software did you recommend for your users?

 
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paul wheaton wrote:
I had a 12 line running some stuff on a microvax.  Later I scaled down and ran a different thing on galacticomm.

But!  What terminal software did you use?  Or, more specifically, what terminal software did you recommend for your users?



Hah!  It's been so long I can barely remember... but I think it was ProComm that I used... I had several, and everyone on the board were geeks, so they had it under control.  We even supported "RIP"... I didn't have the board till the 14.4 era (we still had four 2400 baud modems)... ah, the wall of blinking lights in my room at my parents' house. 
 
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I thought it was gonna be awesome if you said "BananaCom" - I wrote that.  In mid 95 it was downloaded from compuserve more often than all of the others combined (about 50, including procomm, telix, qmodem, ripterm, etc.)

 
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