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So, I started in the BBS world about 1983. Sure I dabbled a bit with the Commodore 64 and BBS software, but I couldn't afford another telephone line. In 1993, the Mississippi River flooded the bottoms in Illinois. My home happened to be in a town called Valmeyer, 1.2 miles from the river.

When the river flooded, I lost pretty much everything I owned except for some important stuff I was able to remove before the flood. (Cue up the Beverly Hillbillies theme song) So, I loaded up the truck, and I moved to Tennessee.

In late '93, I downloaded Spitfire BBS from America Online BBS. The Dove Network BBS was born. In early 1994, I switched to Wildcat BBS 3.9 I think it was, with a name change to Paradise BBS. In Shelbyville, TN, the Paradise BBS was making waves. Even the local paper had a letters to the editor section on the BBS.

We had fidonet, and a few other networks, and it kept 2 phone lines and modems busy pretty much all the time. On the weekends and evenings I would add my home line for a 3rd line. The setup was 3 separate computers, networked together using coax with BNC connectors and Novell Networking Lite. They were all 386 computers with 1Mb ram.

I switched to Wildcat 4 as soon as it was released. When Wildcat 5 was released I switched to that as well. In 1997 I got my first taste of wcCode, and purchased wcCode from SSI. My first program was called WS-Verify.

From 1998-2011 I ran wsSoftware, and wrote many programs for the new WINS platform. At some point after that I had a system crash (BSOD), that corrupted much of my source code. Luckily I kept it on CD-ROMS and Old Hard drives too... Well the mylar film was peeling off the CD-ROMs, and the old hard drives, just wasn't a good idea. So now, I have source code gone. All gone. I WANTED TO CRY! But instead, I shut down wsSoftware, and just gave up.

I sold my 98 node WINS system, but didnt sell all the extras I had obtained, like wcBasic, PlusPack, and wcReports. I was devastated.

Keep in mind, once bitten by the sysop bug, it stays in your blood. Enter year 2019, In January I purchased WINserver Community Edition version 7. Now enter TAK Software! TAK are my initials (Thomas A Kloos), and I'm back. Since I have lost so much source code, I decided that I will give away programs that I can still generate keys for. This includes wsYahtzee and wsDrawPoker.

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I wanted to introduce you to Interserver. Interserver is where I am hosting my winserver setup. I have AT&T internet, and they refused to unblock port 25 and 587 for a residental account. So I was either left with finding a good smarthost, or running winserver without mail services. Well Enter Interserver. For $10/month you can get a "slice" VPS. Each "slice" comes with 1 CPU, 2Gb RAM, 30Gb SSD hard drive. You can have as many slices you want or need. I have 2. That gives me 2 CPU Threads, 4Gb RAM 60Gb SSD HDD, and 3TB data transfer. It's a 2012R2 Windows Server and it works flawlessly for me! The link is a referal link, and I do get a referal credit if you stay a customer for 3 months. You use RDP to manage your server and it couldnt be easier!