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On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM, <mcelha...@usnetizen.com> wrote:

> First, the response was in reference to a MS NT setup, that would
> require commercial licensing fees that could easily run into hundreds
> or even thousands of dollars, unless the idea was to try and get away
> with operating an unlicensed setup and hope not to get sued. Of
> course, a knowledgeable person could do it with open source software
> as well. That just wasn't what was described.
>
> Second, the setup required a "php-based web interface to a database",
> which would require a knowledgeable person to configure for the needs
> of the convention. If that skill wasn't freely available to the
> convention organizers, then they would have to pay for that work.
>
> The hardware is minor. A satisfactory server-based system could
> probably be put together with hardware currently considered "obsolete"
> by industry standards for even less then you quoted. It is the cost of
> legal use and skilled labor that could easily push it to 100x the cost
> of the original setup described. Assuming that the organizers did all
> the setup themselves, they probably didn't spend anything. Probably
> sprang for some new floppy disks would be about it.
>
> On 5/28/14, Christopher Evans <aaxiomfin...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > --
> >> > -chris
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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
> >> >> https://plus.google.com/u/0/105128793974319004519
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
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