I think CIX is brilliant
JH, ex RAF and qualified chemical engineer, enthusiasms aviation and rallying
> I have used cix for over 11 years.
Musician, Producer, Lecturer, Composer
> The best thing about CIX is its users
AG, software programmer, musician, lover of pizza and committed Christian
> Invaluable for meeting people with
different and useful ideas to mine
TB, xxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxxxx
> My first experience of the on-line
MG IT consultant, software developer and keen gardener
> I joined CIX ten years ago today
JS, describes himself as a hobo/philosopher/eccentric
> I joined CIX in July 1991 (I think).
AW, software contractor with lLeisure interestsin wildlife conservation,
walking, skiing, nature, birdwatching, science, history, current affairs,
photography, stockmarket, music, single malt, wine, women, song
> Conferences and politics mainly in areas of interest
NM Scottish Nationalist ex University lecturer and now Maths and Science tutor
living in Edinburgh
JH, ex RAF and qualified chemical engineer, enthusiasms
aviation and rallying writes
I think CIX is brilliant
It has been a life saver for me, certainly in maintaining a active mind as well
as being given practical advice.
Musician, producer, lecturer,
I have used cix for over 11 years. Recommended.
I have been on cix for 11 years since leaving work with failure of health. I
have been guided and advised by willing experts through
everything from computers, domestic goods and international politics to health,
financial and legal matters.
There is been a wonderful community spirit overall, despite dissident yet
strangely inclusive beings. I have been praised and savaged, put
right when wrong and overall have benefited immensely from the whole scene. I
feel I have made friends with people I have never met. I know
their characters. It has kept me in touch with the world and become part of my
life in my perhaps slightly more specific situation to many - but yet there are
many others with peculiar situations too.
I use Ameol for e-mail, but that is secondary to conferencing.
I have used cix for over 11 years - and am constantly referring to it for
support and advice on the widest possible range of issues.
It is far superior to online forums because the OLR allows me to browse along
and across threads without having to wait.
I also like the community aspect - the speed of communication goes a long way
towards making up for the loss of voice and /or visual contact.
I have made many friends on cix, have solved many problems for me and for
others, have learnt a great deal and have found myself pursuing
completely new and unexpected enquiries.
It has broadened my mind - it is an excellent educational tool.
And the ease of communication has also facilitated great clashes of ideas and
personalities. From time to time, the cix community has put me
on my mettle, and I've had to go away and study hard and fast to stay up with
AG software programmer, musician, lover of pizza and committed
The best thing about CIX is its users
My main source of interest, discussion, information, and friendship is a BBS
called CiX. It's a conferencing system with several thousand active
members,based here in the UK but with some users in many countries. It's hard
to describe unless you've used it: it's something like Usenet news, and a
little like a weblog, but far better than either. There are hundreds of
conferences ranging from the technical to the whimsical, the supportive the
political, the humorous, the fascinating, the commercial, and the instructive,
each with its own membership and style - and anyone can set up new ones.
Although there's powerful moderation (conference owners can withdraw messages
and even eject members), it's rarely used: because usernames are fixed and
messages traceable, people are generally very responsible, and there's no spam
and very little flamage. Discussions are neither rushed (none of the `post
quickly while people are still reading this story' common to certain
weblogs...) nor lethargic (no waiting for your message to be passed along
chains of news servers). As a result, the signal-to-noise ratio is higher than
anywhere else I've seen.
But the best thing about CiX is its users: interesting, intelligent, friendly
people. There's a wide range of ages and backgrounds, a huge amount of
technical knowledge (and not just on computers: everything from hi-fi to
linguistics), loads of camaraderie, a lot of culture of all kinds, some
emotional and spiritual support, and just the right amount of wibble - and
that's just in the conferences I'm in!
Only a few Cixen are famous , but all have something to contribute and there's
a real community spirit - so much so that there are man get-togethers in Real
Life(TM), and the annual barbecue has become something of an
institution.Although there is now a .. web interface, most people use an
Off-Line Reader (OLR); it takes only a few seconds (via telnet or direct-dial)
to connect, upload any replies and download new messages, which can then be
read and replied to at leisure.
The Windows OLR is called Ameol, and is a great email and news client, but
there are many other OLRs for many platforms. I do all my Cixing on my Psion,
for example - I can collect hundreds of new messages over my mobile phone and
then sit reading them on the train! (Try that with a web site :)
New members are always made very welcome, so why not join in!
Invaluable for meeting people with different and
useful ideas to mine
I personally find Cix invaluable for meeting people with different - and useful
(sometimes not - but always worth listening to) - ideas to mine.
Cix has been educational for me - and has allowed me to offer my skills and
ideas to others.
Cix has broadened my outlook on life in many ways. Changed my attitudes and my
outlook on life.
Cix has been part of my life for (I could give a figure - I've been on cix
longer than whom ever - nadi yadi ya) - but a long time :-)
MG IT consultant, software developer and keen gardener writes
My first experience of the on-line world
I joined Cix in the late eighties in order to keep in contact with
Cix has provided my first experience of the on-line world, my first email
address, the ability to "chat" with the likes of John Diamond and
Terry Pratchett, an invaluable source of technical information, access to
knowledgeable and responsive suppliers, the means of contacting old
friends and colleagues, recommendations for what have become some of my
favourite books and records ("buy it - it's what your ears are for") and as a
self employed person working from home the means of stopping myself going
JS, describes himself as a hobo/philosopher/eccentric writes
(visit his website
I joined CIX ten years ago today.
At the time I wanted to learn more about my Atari ST and CIX seemed the natural
place to be since most of the journalists who wrote knowledgeably about my
machine seemed to hang out on CIX.
When the inevitable happened and it was time to get to grips with PCs and the
way that worked I was glad that there was good technical support for any
problem somewhere on CIX.
I began to expand the number of conferences I was joined to and the list is now
well over 300. I found interesting people to talk to about music, films and
society, communications and politics as well as a thousand other disparate
topics. Huge discussions can spring up from one small question and I find now
that CIX provides me with more high quality discussion than I am actually able
Many of the people who use CIX have been using it for far longer than I, yet
they choose to stick with it even though all the delights of the world wide web
are widely available. Why do they stay? Well the slick offline reader offers a
chance of reading and replying in a way that makes web communications seem slow
and ponderous. And it's UK based so there's no irrelevant messages about things
of interest to Americans. You can open and run your own conferences And you can
buy/sell/auction things in a secure environment. One thing that could improve
it even more would be if new people were joining and CIX conferencing were to
increase its profile to that deserving of the UK's premiere conferencing
AW, software contractor with leisure interests wildlife
conservation, walking, skiing, nature, birdwatching, science, history, current
affairs, photography, stockmarket, music, single malt, wine, women, song,
I joined CIX in July 1991 (I think).
I joined CIX in July 1991 (I think). Verdict: brilliant! One of the better
decisions of my life. I am not as active as I used to be, but I still find CIX
the best place on the Web to get answers to difficult questions, whether
technical or general.
I find it convenient to have emails and conferencing visible in one system:
Ameol. Favourite conferences at the moment:
NM Scottish Nationalist ex University lecturer and now Maths
and Science tutor living in Edinburgh writes
Conferences and politics mainly in areas of interest
I use cix as a source of information, on computers in the appropriate
conferences and politics mainly in areas of interest to me. I've been involved
for some ten years.