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Offline beakster2

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #45 on: January 17, 2011, 02:00:09 PM »
Yes, I miss them loads.  I ran one myself for about a year using MaxsBBS.

One thing I really miss is split screen chat where you see each character as the user types it, rather than having to wait for them to press return then a whole line appears.  I know there are ways to do this now, but its not practical to get all your mates to install an SSH client when they already have msn/skype.

I don't miss the phone bills though.  When I was 14 and I got my first modem my mum was not impressed at the 350 pound phone bill we got at the end of the month.  I still remember when BT introduced 1p a minute weekend rate, it was amazing.  midnight on Friday night I'd be straight on the modem, but all the BBS's would be engaged.  The alternative was spending hours playing with the phone trying to find and get into PBX's, which I miss nostalgically but wouldn't want to waste all those hours pressing buttons again. :)
 

Offline Gary McCulloch

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #46 on: February 25, 2011, 05:10:27 PM »
Thats cool... its up and ready for callers! Thank goodness to Telnet, I do have multiple ports open!  :)
SpitfireTN
Reign of Fire BBS
telnet://rofbbs.cnetbbs.net:2300
Dial-Up: (931)\494-9100
Reign of Fire II
telnet://rof.cnet64.com:6400
http://www.facebook.com/rofbbs
 

Offline trilobyte

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2011, 05:36:28 PM »
Quote from: marcfrick2112;606350
I miss the scene too... Once, calling a pop. BBS' here in Milw. (14.4K) I found out an 'online buddy' was a co-worker of mine! We became great friends...


I bought my first Amiga from a local CNet BBS sysop in 815 (area code).  I was in high school, it was 1996, the computer was a rev 6.2 A2000HD, 68000, with a partially fried ICD AdRAM board :)

That Amiga replaced my 486sx/25 for all daily operations and eventually went with me to college!  (And followed me when I dropped out because I couldn't use it to do my Java homework :) )

So there you have it, if it wasn't for BBSes I wouldn't have bought an Amiga and thus wouldn't have dropped out of college.  Simple as that.  ;)
Amiga user since \'96, when I could finally afford one
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Offline desiv

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #48 on: February 25, 2011, 06:59:06 PM »
For those who miss the feel of the old BBSes on dialup.. ATDT, slow speed, etc, there's a solution...

A serial to ethernet adapter for your Amiga!  I have one...  It has a "modem emulation" mode.
What that means is, if someone has a telnet bbs setup at 127.0.0.1, I can go into JRComm on my Amiga and type:
adtd 127.0.0.1

Yep..  It will "dial" and connect and I'm in at the speed my serial port is set to at the time...

For that TRUE retro feel!!

I've been meaning to try Amiga modem games (firepower, stunt track racer, etc) using that method at some time.  I do know someone else who got one of these adapters..  I just have to get the time...  ;-)

desiv
(p.s.  Yes, I realize that is the loopback address..  )
Amiga 1200 w/ ACA1230/28 - 4G CF, MAS Player, ext floppy, and 1084S.
Amiga 500 w/ 2M CHIP and 8M FAST RAM, DCTV, AEHD floppy, and 1084S.
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Offline ChrisUnionNJ

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #49 on: February 25, 2011, 11:26:14 PM »
Quote from: desiv;617968
For those who miss the feel of the old BBSes on dialup.. ATDT, slow speed, etc, there's a solution...

A serial to ethernet adapter for your Amiga!  I have one...  It has a "modem emulation" mode.
What that means is, if someone has a telnet bbs setup at 127.0.0.1, I can go into JRComm on my Amiga and type:
adtd 127.0.0.1

Yep..  It will "dial" and connect and I'm in at the speed my serial port is set to at the time...

For that TRUE retro feel!!

I've been meaning to try Amiga modem games (firepower, stunt track racer, etc) using that method at some time.  I do know someone else who got one of these adapters..  I just have to get the time...  ;-)

desiv
(p.s.  Yes, I realize that is the loopback address..  )

What model do you use?

Chris
Vic-20 x3 C64 x2,128D,C128 Flat Deck,A500 x3,A2000,A600,A1200,Apple][e,Apple][GS,3 Apple][c\'s,Amiga Forever,C64 Forever:rofl:
 

Offline desiv

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #50 on: February 26, 2011, 12:29:07 AM »
Quote from: ChrisUnionNJ;618005
What model do you use?
Lantronix MSS-100

Admittedly, I haven't hooked it up to the Amiga 1200 since I got my PCMCIA ethernet working, but it's still back there in the mess of wires..  :-)

desiv
Amiga 1200 w/ ACA1230/28 - 4G CF, MAS Player, ext floppy, and 1084S.
Amiga 500 w/ 2M CHIP and 8M FAST RAM, DCTV, AEHD floppy, and 1084S.
Amiga 1000 w/ 4M FAST RAM, DUAL CF hard drives, external floppy.
 

Offline persia

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2011, 01:00:05 AM »
I don't get the love for BBSs.  I ran one back in the day, but I always thought these kind of discussion boards are the modern equivalent.
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Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2011, 02:05:45 AM »
BBS's back in the day just had a hell of a sense of community to them, for me.  The sysop behind the screen generally put a lot of hours into making his (or her) system appealing to the general public, and usually spent a good chunk of change running the damned thing in the process.   Modern forums lack the personality for the most part, but no doubt are easier to use.  People that didn't cut their teeth on BBS's prior to the 'net generally don't "get" the BBS concept at all and just say stuff like "why would I play Hack & Slash when I can fire up Crysis or CoD?".  Point is well made on their part, tbh, lol.

The Amiga sysop community was very strong way back when.  Sadly, since I got back into the Amiga a few years back, I have found that to have entirely gone away.  It's atrocious even amongst sysops here on A.org.  Way back when it was common for sysops to help each other out with software, and I've been waiting well over a year to hear back about one certain BBS package that's still being worked on, even after offering to pay for it a second time.  Dev and sysops of the one well known Amiga BBS program are absolutely of no help at all, so I stuck with running what I ran back in the mid 90's (Zeus BBS, runs OK on my SAM 440/4.1 rig).  

The Windows/Linux (Synchronet specifically) BBS community is very strong and I'm seeing a lot of Amiga BBS themed sysops simply considering running it rather than Amiga based systems.  Synchronet is a stunning piece of software if you can get past the fact it's not Amiga based.  Just something dirty feeling about running an Amiga themed BBS on a PC/Windows, lol.
 

Offline Gary McCulloch

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2011, 06:11:01 PM »
I placed the latest CNet up for download on RoF, but your still needing a BBSLICENSE to run it.  Now on another note...  Sharing software was the thing to do when you owned a Commodore.  Hacking them and getting them to work for all was our code. :)
SpitfireTN
Reign of Fire BBS
telnet://rofbbs.cnetbbs.net:2300
Dial-Up: (931)\494-9100
Reign of Fire II
telnet://rof.cnet64.com:6400
http://www.facebook.com/rofbbs
 

Offline vk3heg

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #54 on: March 14, 2011, 08:23:17 AM »
There are still amiga Sysop's runing around with fido style networks. Amiganet is still alive (just).

A few Zeus BBS's:
The Zeus Auther (The Killing Ground): bbs.zeusdev.co.uk port: 23
Misery: miserybbs.com port 2323

My System is in betatest (It's only taken a year and ahalf)
Dragon's Lair: bbs.vk3heg.net port: 2323
Amiga 3000: Towered, 12Mb Ram, 9Gig SCSI Hd, Retina BLT Z3, X-Surf, OS3.1
Amiga 4000D: Warp Engine \'040 40Mhz, 150mb Ram, CyberVision 64/4, X-Surf, OS3.9
 

Offline actung_bab

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #55 on: July 31, 2012, 09:12:27 AM »
my bbs is back online again

midnight-blue.dyndns.org
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Cnet 4.60 PRO bbs software
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Amiga x 4 1200
x 6 Sony Ps 3 Orginal 60 gb 4  port usb 160 gb hd (os 4.1 ready :-)
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Offline persia

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #56 on: July 31, 2012, 01:36:45 PM »
@Duce

But putting up a BBS isn't going to revive the sense of community that existed back then.  It was a different time.  Without the community a BBS is just a poor CMS/Forum.
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What we\'re witnessing is the sad, lonely crowing of that last, doomed cock.
 

Offline Gary McCulloch

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #57 on: February 06, 2020, 12:35:49 AM »
Now with WiFi modems for the C64/128 and Amiga, Calling a BBS and leaving the web behind is better now than ever.  Let me list the terms, and please add any you use...

Amiga...

Term v4.8
DCTelnet
JR-Comm

C64/128..

CCGMS
DesTerm
NovaTerm

PC...

SyncTerm
Netrunner
CGTerm
CBMTerm
SpitfireTN
Reign of Fire BBS
telnet://rofbbs.cnetbbs.net:2300
Dial-Up: (931)\494-9100
Reign of Fire II
telnet://rof.cnet64.com:6400
http://www.facebook.com/rofbbs
 

Offline sean_sk

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #58 on: February 07, 2020, 08:46:46 PM »
I've been meaning to try Amiga modem games (firepower, stunt track racer, etc) using that method at some time.  I do know someone else who got one of these adapters..  I just have to get the time...  ;-)

This is probably a long shot since the post is so old, and sorry for going off-topic here, but Desiv did you ever get a chance to play any of those modem games over the internet with the Lantronix MS100?
 

Offline blakespot

Re: I miss BBS's!!!
« Reply #59 on: March 19, 2020, 12:44:39 PM »
There are telnet BBSs all over the place today. Go BBS -- I do every day, mainly on my vintage machines, of which I most frequently use the Amiga.

I setup a BBS resource / guide page quite recently. Have a look:

https://bytecellar.com/bbsing/

Also, I talk about this on episode 208 of Retrocomputing Roundtable (podcast I just joined).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YjUKh_jNg0

BBS!



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