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IRCing on Old Hardware

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I've been going through more Sun stuff lately, and decided to get IRC up and going on a few things. First off, SPARCstation 10, Ross HyperSPARC 166 MHz, 128 MB RAM, OpenBSD 5.9, running EPIC4 (excuse the mess!):

 

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EPIC4 was compiled from source *on* the SS10. Total configure and build time around 25 minutes! Console terminal is a DEC VT320 in 132 column mode. Took a bit to figure out that, when using a 132-column terminal as the system console, you have to set the width in NVRAM. Setting TERM=vt320-w is not sufficient.

 

Second, a SPARCstation IPX, 40 MHz CPU, 32 MB RAM, SunOS 4.1.4, running ircII-2.2.9:

 

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Works fine in a SunView console, too!

 

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ircII was also compiled on the actual machine, I forgot to time it, but total build time was around 20 minutes or so. It's restricted to 8-char nicks. It's the oldest version I could find that would just build on SunOS 4 -- ircII-1.75 failed to build.

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Ooooooh once my office is put back together I'm so contributing to this.

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Fixed up a theme for irssi that uses terminal-native inverse video mode for the status bars:

 

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Setting the foreground/background colors is not sufficient, the VT100 will just ignore them and use its normal, non-inverse colors. Pictured terminal is a VT320 in VT100 mode (for ESC key!), on ttyb on the SPARCstation 10, running NetBSD 7.1.2.

 

You can get the theme file here:

 

https://github.com/chapmajs/dotfiles/blob/master/irssi/vt100.theme

 

Do I get bonus points for the Sun running over 10base5/thicknet? https://imgur.com/a/GDUR36j

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mIRC 5.91 on Windows for Workgroups 3.11 with Microsoft 32-bit TCP/IP. Running on Amy's IBM PS/ValuePoint 466DX/D. Connected to the DEChub 90 with 10base2 on a 3Com EtherLink III:

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Forgot that Win31 doesn't really properly screenshot with Print Screen and paste in Paint. Found this nice little util, written in Delphi:

http://runtimeterror.com/pages/retro/shotu/

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0irc (still developed! sort of!) on Windows 98 on a random Compaq Deskpro 5100 I was cleaning up today.

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