TOP CAT (formally DNS1), ZIGZAK (shared with Steve Parkinson)
WHAT HE DID:
Where do I start......... along, again, with Steve Parkinson,
I made many "utility" programs to run with Compunet. One of
the most popular was the "CHAT" add-in which navigated the
"CHAT", "CHAT1", "CHAT2", etc. dirs for you, and made chatting
much easier. Erm, and, since it was a long time ago I suppose
I could admit, that as a bit of an experiment, we actually
made the Chat program hide the Login ID & Password of anyone
who used it as hidden text at the top of any chat frames you
sent using it; we could then recover it using another program.
Jason (and I think Peter, and John Marchant) basically knew
about this mainly due to my constant hints in PartyLine that
we had done it. Sorry everyone!! Steve Parkinson and I were
also in the middle of developing a completely new C64 Terminal
program which unfortunately never actually got finished because
Cnet went down the pan. We demoed it once at Cnet (in Nick's
basement) and also discussed it at length with Dave Parkinson
from Ariadne. Dave was a hero of mine in those days - and
was always very supportive of our project.
CLAIM TO COMPUNET FAME:
Hehe... well, see above. And also after we got our free accounts
set up (by the way a "free" account - which was not the same
as an internal account was just a normal account with a massive
credit limit which never got billed. Jason set my limit to
£1000 initially - but I soon used that up and it had to go
to £2000. I think this was mostly charges from Partyline and
Fed. I also remember trying to BUY those expensive empty text
pages that poped up here and there) my claim to fame would
be being online almost all the time, using Fed, using Partyline
and having a right good carry-on all night online (frequently
until 4 or 5am). I also won an ICC award in 1991 for runner-up
programmer... I forget who won - Eddy Caroll I would think.
Now here's a guy who shares the same outlook on life as me!
UP TO NOW:
The ZigZak name lives on and is now the name of my company.
We build and sell PC systems (see http://surf.to/zigzak),
and also sell games systems like Playstation and Nintendo
64, etc... I am also developing a Point of Sale program which
I hope to be selling later this year - we'll see.
I had a really good laugh on Cnet. Although it did take up
most of my "child-hood". I must have started on Cnet when
I was about 12 or 13.... it all must have ended when I was
about 17 I think. I really did enjoy meeting all the faces
at the shows in London. Many of my first experiences with
alcohol were at these meetings!!!
Wizball, and Boulderdash for games. Absolute classics. 3rd
place would be the Cnet terminal software (yawn), it was a
fantastically open, well documented, and interesting piece
of software which I had many, many, happy nights messing around
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From the start to the bitter end.
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