100x the cost?  what the cost of a server ? 400. a couple of surplus
laptops at 200 a wifi router for 150 = 750 estimate

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On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM, <mcelha...@usnetizen.com> wrote:

> 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:
> >
> >> 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.
> >> ______
> >> Dennis
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> >>
> >>
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