I'm Thom Cherryhomes, the systems operator and shared shitless leader for IRATA.ONLINE.
IRATA.ONLINE's website is here: http://www.irata.online/
IRATA.ONLINE is a PLATO system that has been set up, to be targeted toward the greater scope of the retro computing communities, and to this end, not only am I providing a place for everybody with vintage computers to log into, I am trying to foster the following:
* Terminal programs. IRATA.ONLINE uses a very special ASCII based protocol (and boy do we use every single character, even the control characters!) to provide not just text, but graphics, touch screen interaction, color, and other unique features. So, systems wanting to access need their own terminal program. To this end, I provide on the website, not only a complete protocol description, I also provide TWO example terminal programs written in plain C to show the needed protocol and example display implementations. The official terminal program for PC, Mac, and Linux also has source code too, so this can be used as a reference...A very enthusiastic programmer can provide a terminal for the TI 99 in very short time, perhaps even F18A enhanced for greater screen resolution and color fidelity.
* Hardware access devices - I am trying to consolidate, as well as foster development of vintage computer TCP access devices, so that they can connect to this service. Such a project is already underway for Atari 8-bit systems to provide a complete interface that plugs directly into the serial I/O port without any additional hardware.
* Provide author and systems staff access to anyone interested. I need help to run this thing, and we need content, this system was literally designed to foster not only content, but social interaction around creating said content! We can leverage this to create a truly unique experience that you just can't get anywhere else.
* Tell people about this thing. I am hosting regular google meets to show people how this thing works, from every angle, from the user, to the author, to the systems staff. I want people to see just how unique this system really is. It sure beats running a BBS!
The next meet is today (Saturday, March 31, 2018), at 9pm to 11pm CDT, on Google meet. Details on top of the site.
The following meet is tomorrow (April 1, 2018), at 4pm to 6pm CDT, on Google Meet, details again, on top of the site.
If anyone wants to come, please do.