TREX is a free chat bulletin board system located in Mountain View, California.
We are NOT a decking company, a chewing gum, a rock band from the 70s,
a police baton, a cough syrup, a vegetable fat, an XML language, a Transportation
Expansion Project, a camp, a car, a motorcycle, etc., etc., etc.
TREX is owned and operated by Brette.
TREX first became operational on January 10, 1987.
TREX received publicity in Los Altos High School's Newspaper, the Talon.
TREX had a sister board, LOIS, located in Santa Maria, California. Visit the LOIS web page for more information.
TREX is run on a multi-processor Legacy Sparcstation 10, which is a sparc-based UNIX machine running Solaris.
TREX was once fed from as many as 28 2400 baud MNP5 modems (rear-view) for its dial-in lines, with a few 14.4 modems on contributor lines. However, with the move, enabling its availability from the internet, this number has been reduced to only one active dialup.
TREX is connected to the Internet via a 1.1Mbps SDSL connection through XO Communications.
TREX is running Moo, which was developed by Ford Prefect, sysop of
TREX II, specifically for TREX. Moo is written in C, and is based on
the original look & feel of Lambda Switchboard, which TREX ran for
many years. Lambda Switchboard was written in 8086 assembly. There
have been many enhancements made to Moo since it was first
implemented, and the software continues to evolve.
TREX historically has relied on the donations from its users to
pay the monthly phone expenses. Since the phone costs are now insignificant,
this particular cost of running trex is nearly eliminated. Despite this fact, power costs have
increased and network connectivity is still costly. These bills still add up!
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