No bark left in the dog
Published: Wednesday 2008-12-03.
It seems like I have fallen off the Swedish Fidonet. It was something that was bound to happen sooner or later, after its heydays in the 1980s and 1990s, the traffic in Fidonet in general plunged after everyone got connected to the Internet and people stopped calling BBSes. In the end, I had no modem connection to Fidonet, instead I relied on Internet for connectivity, but I now see that it stopped working some time this summer. That I haven’t even noticed myself that I stopped receiving messages in July is probably a sign of the level of activity lately…
I notice that there still is a web site for Swedish Fidonet, where several of the Fidonet echos are published through the web. The contact e-mail address is not working any longer, though, so it doesn’t seem to be possible to create an account. I thus think that one can officially see Fidonet as quite dead, at least when it comes to Sweden.
Thus not said that there is’t anyone interested any longer, from what I have heard it is still popular in eastern Europe where it is expensive to keep a connection to the Internet, and only this week I was contacted by a user of my statistics software, Turquoise. I did release a new version of the software earlier this year, but have not done much work on it after that.