I love Fawlty Towers – Basil is my hero! but that’s not the real reason.
Back in the early 90’s I ran a BBS named Fawlty. It was a bad idea but I had a lot of fun doing it. I used the Wildcat BBS software from Mustang Software running under OS/2 Warp. It had 2 phone lines – one was for public dial in and the other was the home line that I used a SLIP connection through Compuserve’s network to HoloNet. I had news feeds, email, and few other early Internet protocols available for my users using the Fawlty.com domain name.
It’s demise came when I went on vacation for a week. Before I left I set up a download of the alt.games newsfeed. I accidentally grabbed alt.games.binaries (oops) the thing sat there downloading until the computer ran out of disk space. When I got back from vacation I had some cleanup to do, but still didn’t realize what happened.
Then I got the bill – er, should I say my wife got the bill. Network charges for Compuserve AND HoloNet. I was in big trouble. I had to borrow money to pay the rent that month (and the next) and that was the end of the BBS. The wife and I ate Top Ramen and Little Juan for a year while I paid off the bill. (lesson learned – never pay for data by the byte – it Bites!)
Someone picked up my Fawlty.com DNS name so when I decided it was time to start my lab up again I picked the Fawlty.us domain name.
This is my space to play with technology and often it will be broken. But if it isn’t broken then it must be… faulty! – That is Fawtly.us!