[DECtalk] DecTalk Archive hosting

Jayson Smith jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Mon Oct 9 15:24:03 EDT 2017


I host the DECtalk mailing list on a CentOs server hosted by Linode.com. 
They provide virtual private servers. A virtual private server is 
basically a slice of a real, physical server which has been set aside 
for your use. You have your own IP address and complete Root access to 
your virtual private server, just as if it was a real, physical server. 
The mailing list is hosted by software called Mailman.

I have no idea if anyone's actually hosting the DECtalk archive on the 
web, but I do still have the BT Sync key for it, though I don't think 
there's been anything new in quite a while.

No, I don't use any control panel software. You do need to be willing to 
learn about Linux system administration if you want to go the Linode route.

Hope this helps,


On 10/8/2017 4:26 AM, Ulysses Harmony Garcia via Dectalk wrote:
> Hello all,
> I remember someone telling me about the DECtalk archive back in 
> 2008-2010, or perhaps I found it through the DECtalk site Brandi and 
> Louis Bryant of BrailleSoft had linked. Since that point on, I 
> remember downloading various DECtalk files made by other artists. I 
> don't remember how exactly I heard about the actual FTP version which 
> had HTaccess files in Apache. I think I remember doing a Google search 
> back in 2013 that had led up to me finding out about
> Bluegrass Pals or something, and I ended up subscribing to this list. 
> Since then, I was able to download the entire DECtalk archive onto my 
> hard drive when one of the list members put it up on their BT Sync 
> folder. That was back in 2014. Since then, I haven't kept up to date 
> with the archive, so I don't know if any files have been added, 
> edited, or removed. The only copy I have is one I had kept on my 
> external hard drive. I've organised it a little bit, removing any 
> duplicate files or renaming some files to something that would make 
> more sense.
> I've done most of the work on my own. I first began with a Windows
> virtual private server at http://www.vps.net/ but I was not able to set
> up the web server, database server and PHP to work on-line, except
> through Localhost. I wasn't able to use Internet Information Services
> IIS either, so I gave up and cancelled my server. Fortunately, I kept my
> account active, so I could come back to it when I wasn't overwhelmed.
> As primarily being an extroverted person, I get energy from working with
> other people rather than working alone, yet for some reason, I've
> encountered a lot of people who think that being too dependent on others
> was a bad thing, that being completely independent was the best way to
> go. I disagree with that. I mean, I can see why some people wouldn't
> want to be too dependent on others for fear of taking too much of
> someone's time or being too clingy, etc, or taking advantage of said
> person, but I also believe that there needs to be a balance in helping
> others and being self-reliable. This is where interdependence comes in.
> So in September, I finally found a fellow who turned out to be someone I
> knew by reputation, and he offered to spend his free time in helping me
> out, especially since he has had plenty of experience in working with
> virtual private servers and web hosting. By that time, I was a little
> more knowledgeable to talk to others on this form about this topic.
> http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?id=23002
> I told him a little bit of what I've hoped to accomplish, and what I
> have done so far, and how much experience I've already had. In 2010
> through 2013, I worked on building an HTML 4.1 and 5 project in high
> school using Notepad, and in 2013, I used CSS 3 to enhance it when I
> took a college class in web development.
> What I would like to do at this point is learn about any previous 
> setup anyone here on this list has used to host the DECtalk archive. 
> From my understanding, since there is a mailing list, I am curious to 
> know if it is being hosted by Cpanel on CentOS, since Cpanel is not 
> supported on an Ubuntu VPS, or if this list is being hosted by a 
> shared hosting company that won't let you access the server using an 
> SSH client like Putty or Secure CRT--they only let you use FTP or SFTP 
> to upload and download files. If someone has used an FTP server on a 
> VPS, did you use Samba or some other kind of FTP package? I am 
> interested in hosting the DECtalk archive and link it to my web site 
> or WordPress site.
> If anyone has any suggestions or answers to my question I would 
> greatly appreciate it.
> Thanks! :-)
> -Ulysses
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