1994


12
Dec 94

I Invented The Xbox

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From: mvale…@draco.lnec.pt ()
Newsgroups: rec.games.programmer
Subject: Re: An operating system for games
Date: 12 Dec 1994 13:18:41 GMT
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Martin Hoffesommer (h…@rz.tu-ilmenau.de) wrote:
: An operating system primarily designed for running games on it would be a nice
: idea, but I think it would be a useless effort since Mikeysoft and IBM are
: trying to implement everything needed to run games on their operating systems.
: Maybe something similar to the so called ‘linux effect’ could happen, but I’m
: almost sure this operating system wouldn’t make it to the ‘normal users’ PC,
: i.e. it would still be an OS just for real freaks, not the normal computer
: user.

I was discussing this with a friend and I was also reading some stuff
about all the consoles coming out ( Sony PSX, Sega Saturn, Atari Jaguar,
Nintendo Ultra 64 ) and I came up with this question:

– why isnt a PC console coming up ?

A little box with a mini main board ( 486 and 4 Mb ), Soundblaster,
a good SVGA card with TV output, CDROM drive, and you’d have a great
games machine.

Of course the graphics card would have to be local bus. And I would
add a custom card with a sprite/polygon engine.

Of course that you can get this in a regular PC, but what I mean
is that a standardized system could be built like this and a OS for
it developed. A game OS, of course :-)

What ya think ?

C U!

Mario Valente


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11
Nov 94

Still No Takers

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From: mvale…@draco.lnec.pt ()
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Subject: Investing on Internet
Date: 11 Nov 1994 13:06:11 GMT
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Hi:

I have successfully setup an Internet service provider here in Portugal
during the last 5 months.

Right now we only provide mail & news access. We are unable to provide
full access ( ftp, telnet, etc ) because of the investment in leased lines
to foreign countries ( c. $5000 per month ).

Keep in mind that this Internet stuff is new here ( we are the first
commercial service; until now only the local Unix users group had any
kind of access ); as such we have been knocking on all the Portuguese
banks, explaining what it is and getting puzzled looks in return :-(

I’d like to get some tips/info on how to get a loan/credit/investment
abroad ( USA or Europe ) so that we could get into full access Internet
services providing. Or maybe a capitalist out there is interested in a
partnership :-)

C U!

Mario Valente ( mvale…@esoterica.com )


Et in Arcadia Ego


8
Nov 94

There Were No Takers

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From: mvale…@draco.lnec.pt ()
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Subject: Internet provider
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Even though its now difficult to start an Internet Service Provider
in the US ( and other countries ) either because of too much
competition or too much costs, this is not true in Portugal and other
European countries.

If you’re interested in investing in such a business please contact
me at mvale…@esoterica.com. We are Esoterica, providing email&news
in Portugal and we need some venture capital to help us provide full
access.

C U!

Mario Valente


Et in Arcadia Ego


19
Aug 94

We Are On

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From: mvale…@draco.lnec.pt ()
Newsgroups: comp.mail.smail
Subject: HELP: keeping incoming mail from going out
Date: 19 Aug 1994 12:24:48 GMT
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Yo all:

I have a Linux system on the Internet ( on an intermitent SLIP
connection ) under domain esoterica.com

I’m able to receive email to orthanc.esoterica.com because I
put this name on the other_names line in config.

But when mail comes in to xpto.esoterica.com it starts bouncing
around between me and my provider: the mail arrives to the address
xpto.esoterica.com, smail finds out its not this machine and sends
the msg back out.

What I’d like to happen: the mail would stay on queue to be delivered
when that system connected to my machine, allowing me to have, for
example, a system using UUCP polling my machine for mail to it ( which
would be addressed to xpto.esoterica.com ), or have that mail delivered
to a BBS using Fidonet format ( ifmail, etc )

Anyone can give me a hand/hint ?

Thanks in advance.

C U!

Mario Valente ( mvale…@esoterica.com, mvale…@lnec.pt )


31
May 94

ET Phone Home

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From: mvale…@esote.demon.co.uk (Mario Francisco Valente)
Subject: Valente teste
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Teste de casa