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BBS, read about them here,read about them there.Seen stuff about in tuts (old ones,from the age of vga).So what are/were they.For what I could see, they used to something common whay back then. What happended to them?Are there still existing ones?Accessable over the internet? Honestly, they are a bit of a vague thing.Anyone here ever used these?

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Back in the day before the Internet was widely available people used to set them selves up servers (BBS). So they would have a modem pool you could dial into and upload/download stuff like games and texts. Normally a community would have a couple of 'geeks' that ran one of these since it was over the phone line ( ie long distance charges if you wanted to connect to a far-away BBS ).

In many ways it was the precursor to the web.

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Bulletin Board Systems,yea right.Look to google.

Here a nice FAQ I found.

BBS FAQ (big)

They still exist or operate nowadays,which are publically accesable?, via telnet or something.For what I have read people used to have as much fun and talk as we have had on the fourms which are so common now.It seems it was something wonderful for them.Got me intrested anyway.It's something a bit fimiliar but still strange.

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BBS is a bulletin Board System, which was a popular way to network computers in the '80s. A SysOp would purchase a modem and allow people to dial up directly to his computer. No ISP required.

You can then use an intra-board emails and discuss things in several forums. Sometimes, several boards would combine and allow you to send emails throughout those boards. BBSes also allowed file access, with different user permissions. So the elite got more files than the n00bs.

BBS also had games called Door games, which were games you could play against other members of the BBS. Either an AI would play as other members when you ran into them or else you would be sleeping. Expecially since the majority of BBSes allowed only one connection, while a maximum of 8 connections was avalible, but rare as hell. (8 modems, blazing 14.4 speed!)

They still exist, although they're not the same as they once were. The file transfer part of BBSing and to a lesser extent the game aspect of BBSes are now the main focus, while the community has taken a back seat.

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i used to love BBSes... i remember being pissed at my mother for picking up the phone to call someone when i was right in the middle of doing something :)

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BBS's were better than the internet in many ways:

- All downloads took place at maximum speed of your connection (no such thing as a "slow" website; very very few "dropped packets" if you had a decent phone line)
- Socialization was a lot better than anything GD.net has now: partly because email didn't exist (so socialization was more concentrated), partly because anonymity was non-existent (most sysops knew the phone number of all their users - I had a dialback confirmation on all new users[nb: which is where modern forums software etc got the idea of having to reply to an email to verify your account!]), and partly because the chat facilities were BETTER integrated than stuff like GD.net today.

Of course, it was easier in some ways back then: there was no such thing as having to code to each of many web browsers (you just coded to ANSI, and told everyone to download a terminal emulator with VT220 + Z/modem etc). But it was also harder: outside some areas in the USA, phone bills were expensive (in the UK, we used to pay literally 20 times as much per minute as we do now!), and phone lines even more so. Also, you had to teach people how to setup their modems, and the importance of buying a computer with a 16550 UART (or buying one for $20 and sticking it in an expansion slot), etc.

But it was fun, and I learnt a LOT about marketing and community management (some of which I'm still putting to good use today). My BBS at peak had something like 1500 registered users, and 350 regular users each day, with 1, 2, or 3 phone lines (3 at night, 2 most days, 1 on days when I was using a modem to dialout to other BBS's).

PS L.O.R.D. kicks ass...

RedMilamber

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A bygone era,how long ago was it?

Do any exist nowadays? or anybody intrested in doing the same over the internet via telnet?


Umm BBS's as in (Old DOS / New Windows / OS/2) System are up and runnig on the internet, and have been running over Telnet since late 90's, theres still a lot of deelopment and new doors being made all the time. Some of us just love console text, ANSI and spam free messages and file listing.. ;) But there still alive and kickin thats for sure!

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Were can you find them ?


A quick google for me turned up results for BBS Banner exchange programmes, I'm sure you could hook up a few from there.

Man I remember those days, dialing up to a BBS to download a text file of Public Domain and Shareware listings for the Amiga. Plus the upload/download ratios that were so popular... all the fun you could ever have on a 14.4k modem

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And still, 14.4 was fast. I used to connect with 200 and later, 9600 bauds modem. But playing GlobalWar was worth the slow connection :)

Now I feel so old [depressed]

Gizz

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A quick google for me turned up results for BBS Banner exchange programmes, I'm sure you could hook up a few from there.


I did search [looksaround].All I found were some faqs (which made little sense) and stuff which looked like phone numbers and old stuff like prices for BBS software. Did not actually find a live one.
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Some of us just love console text, ANSI and spam free messages and file listing.. ;) But there still alive and kickin thats for sure!


Would you like to do it again and write such software to run on the new computers [cheeky]?

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