A far superior arrangement for probably 100x the cost. Perhaps the
convention organizers preferred to spend that money on things that
were more meaningful to the convention attendees. Or maybe they just
wanted to keep the money for themselves? Who knows?


On 5/27/14, Christopher Evans <aaxiomfin...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I would have implemented WinNT networked laptops running a php registration
> signin/signup form in a browser that communicates with central database.
> and allow badge printing by network printer.
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> On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 8:14 PM, dmccunney
> <dennis.mccun...@gmail.com>wrote:
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>> On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM, Matej Horvat
>> <matej.hor...@guest.arnes.si> wrote:
>>
>> > So the fact that DOS was used is completely irrelevant, though it is
>> > nice
>> > to know it's being used. :)
>>
>> DOS pops up in odd places.  In 2006, I attended LACon IV, the 54th
>> annual World Science Fiction Convention, held that year in Los
>> Angeles, CA.  The Worldcon attracts  about 5,000 attendees.
>> Registration for the event was handled in DOS.  They had a batch of
>> ancient laptops with a 3.5" floppy drive but no HD.  They booted from
>> a DOS floppy, and ran DBase III.  Once DBase was running, they swapped
>> in a data disk where registration info was stored as people
>> registered.  When registration got busy, they added more registrars
>> and handed out more old laptops.  Once an hour or so, they'd do a
>> synchronization operation so everyone had a current copy of the
>> database.  The registration head who set up the system had been a
>> programmer at Ashton-Tate back when, and "wrote some of the more
>> annoying stuff in DBase III".
>>
>> I was tickled.  Most such conventions use networked PCs with the
>> database residing on a backend server, or perhaps terminals connected
>> to a multi-user server running Linux.  This dispensed with servers,
>> networks, and current PCs, using only ancient recycled hardware and
>> MS-DOS era software.  It did the job while eliminating several levels
>> of complexity and cost.  I told the guy who set it all up that it was
>> a perfectly valid approach, and one I would not have thought of.  I
>> was impressed, and said so.
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