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    Default Is oldskool.org safe?

    Hello folks!

    I discovered the FTP archives at ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub from posts here at VCFED and it has been an invaluable resource for DOS stuff!

    However, when I look at the homepage (http://oldskool.org/) I see tons of gambling/casino links at the bottom which makes me wonder if the site has been hacked. A scan at VirusTotal comes up clean but since I never really looked at the home page (I bookmarked the FTP site) I'm not sure if it's been like that for a while or if this is a recent development.

    Is the site still being maintained?

    PS: The moderation/anti-spam system here at VCFED is brutal for new members so hopefully this gets posted. Fingers crossed!

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    Jim runs it and it should be safe, but the links are suspicious .. I've reported them to him directly by email.

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    Seems like advertising to me. Nothing surprisingly, they need to pay for it somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScanDisk View Post
    Seems like advertising to me. Nothing surprisingly, they need to pay for it somehow.
    No problem with ads at all, just want to make sure these are legit.

    Links like that tend to be a red flag of a compromise, although they would usually be masked or hidden with various HTML/CSS tricks so they're not actually displayed to the user since the intention is to improve SEO scores while hiding the fact that they're there from the site owner. Since these are visible, they may very well be legit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbbrutman View Post
    Jim runs it and it should be safe, but the links are suspicious .. I've reported them to him directly by email.
    Thanks!

    I just did a scan at Sucuri and it comes up with a warning:

    https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/oldskool.org/

    I'm sure the FTP area is fine though.

    EDIT: It's complaining about this so probably nothing to worry about.
    Last edited by Bits; November 14th, 2017 at 04:35 PM.

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    oldskool.org site admin here. The links are indeed legit and pay for many of my various oldskool PC activities, including hosting the tvdog archives, BBS/site mirrors, option board archives, and driver archives for the last ~20 years.

    The advert links are an interesting story -- they contact me, not the other way around. I have never once solicited the business. I think oldskool.org is attractive for advertising from an SEO standpoint because oldskool.org has a high page ranking for some search terms (because it's been alive for 20 years).

    Some fun stats: oldskool.org was registered in 1998, and ftp.oldskool.org currently holds 268G of data. In the last YTD, it's served up 14,000 files totally 223MB, and had 28,000 visitors.
    Last edited by Trixter; November 14th, 2017 at 10:32 AM.
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    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)
    - Any very old/ugly IBM joystick (such as the Franklin JS-123)

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    If you aren't sure about a site

    DO NOT

    trust it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    oldskool.org site admin here. The links are indeed legit and pay for many of my various oldskool PC activities
    That is great news. Your FTP archives have been an absolute godsend and is much appreciated. Cheers!

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    If anyone would like to officially mirror the FTP site, please be my guest. If you keep your mirror up to date, let me know and I can put your mirror in the FTP welcome message.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - Documentation and original distribution disks for: Panasonic Sr. Partner, Corona PPC-400, Zenith Z-160 series
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)
    - Any very old/ugly IBM joystick (such as the Franklin JS-123)

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    I've visited your ftp site on a number of times. Yeah it's quite comprehensive.
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