MMN started way back when in 1996 in a basement on Brunswick Avenue in Toronto, sharing a phone line and running on some version of some BBS software long forgotten in the mist of time.
The BBS itself ran on that hardware and software until about 2002 when it went off line for a bit as I travelled over to the UK. In 2007(ish maybe earlier) I bought a copy of Wildcat! v6 from Santronics and ran it off my cable connection on a bulky blade server.
Around 2010 or so that blade server's power supply went pop and I had to order a new set of machines, two recycled machines from Student Computers got delivered and the BBS moved after a little downtime.
When I moved to France the board was sent into the cloud, having a life using various VPSes in France and Google Cloud in Montréal.
When my google credit ran out and I received my two original PCs from Bristol in my tiny Parisien flat, I moved the board back here. It's now on a frankenserver built from both the machines in Bristol as various things in each failed, so one had to improvise.
Keeping the board online
This is mainly a hobby and to be fair since I've done it for so long I'd feel a bit bad about not doing it. God knows I've had my domain mmn.on.ca for so long that I couldn't let that lapse either. Kind of digital hoarding.
But it does mean that it's taken me a very long time to get around to housekeeping on the BBS, the menus are still Wildcat! out of the box and I'm not going to lie, this has been a very long « I must change this » situation.