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Subject: innovations back in the day Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 11:31 am
From: Charles Pierson To: August Abolins

On 14 Jan 2021, August Abolins said the following...
 AA>  CP> I'm pretty sure that it would be possible. The question is
 AA>  CP> are there enough BBSes around the utilize RIP to make it
 AA>  CP> worth the time and effort?

 AA> The number of bbses does not matter at this time. What matters  
 AA> is if the concept can even be implemented.  Maybe some existing  
 AA> concepts of Rip technology can be utilized and make the  
 AA> necessary adjustments for smartphone/tablet detection.
 AA> Building a traditional app from scratch for smartphone/tablet  
 AA> devices that serves bbs functions sounds like too much work.   
 AA> Utilizing existing open-source such as what Telegram provides  
 AA> (where people are encouraged to provide customized clients) is  
 AA> the closest one can get to "get something done".

That's the trick.  You don't have to build a traditional app from scratch.  I
haven't looked into RIP much, simply because I haven't seen much mentio  of
it.  But if the source code for it is open source, that code can be used in
the Android app. The only new coding would be cosmetic and perhaps any mouse
functions to touchscreen, for example.  I would think most of the rest of new
code would be a matter of adjusting what accesses the X86 hardware to the
comperable armf hardware.

I'm by no means an expert on the subject.  But from what I'm picking up, I
believe that if a program works on a Raspberry Pi, it should work on an
Andoid device.

If my programming ability was better, I'd start compiling apks with available
source codes for various BBS related programs just to see how they work as
is.  I'm silly like that.

 AA> But maybe Rip can provide the direct connections to specific  
 AA> bbses that this hobby seems to be grounded on.
That's an option. A specialized app to connect to a specific BBS.  For a new
person to BBSing, it'd probably be a fair introduction.
 AA>  CP> Theoretically, anything that can be done on a desktop or
 AA>  CP> laptop could be be done on a smartphone or Tablet.  You
 AA>  CP> just have to account for the difference in hardware.

 AA> When I first experienced Rip sessions, it seemed unlike anything  
 AA> else out there at the time. The typical scrolling screens of  
 AA> most computer interfaces were tedious.
 AA> --

Scrolling screens only bothered me when a BBS had multiple pages of ANSI artwork
on their log in that you couldn't bypass.

--- Mystic BBS v1.12 A46 2020/08/26 (Raspberry Pi/32)
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