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paul.brett
March 10th, 2016, 03:11 AM
I wanted to play with a simple BBS system, dialling into it across my PBX from various vintage machines.

Using VMWare Player, I installed an MS-DOS machine with DOS 6.22 in a small virtual machine, and installed a program called TinyHost 3.3.1. It works a treat, but comes up with 'nag' screens telling me it is the shareware version, and I should get the full version.

Anyway, the program Authors name is listed along with the 1993 copyright notice, and with a bit of Internet stalking, I managed to track-down his modern day email address.

'Bruce' was an absolute gent, and immediately replied with a ZIP file of what he thought was the full version. He seemed astonished that anybody would be interested in such ancient software.

As it turns out, the ZIP file contained yet another copy of the shareware version. Bruce was thinking that perhaps he will not be able to find the full version, having lost the code some time ago.

So, a quick shout out to anybody out there who might have this software.....do you have the registered version?

It's not a major issue, just a minor niggle.

Alternatively, if you can suggest other BBS software, that is equally easy to setup (out-of-the-box working would be great) then let me know.

Thank-you.

kyodai
March 10th, 2016, 05:00 AM
Never heard about that one.

There are some popular BBS packs that are completely free...


http://www.demonic.net/infusion/

http://www.gapbbs.com/html/software.html

http://www.renegadebbs.info/



Mystic BBS was also pretty good, can grab the full DOS installer and updates here:

http://www.tinysbbs.com/files/mystic/

Ec1564
March 10th, 2016, 03:45 PM
I ran a BBS program called "Mini Host" on Tandy 1000TL without a HDD! I used to for my friends and I to play Trade Wars on it.

Boot disk and BBS on one 720K disk on A drive and TW on the B drive.


Found this: MINIHOST Copyright 1988 - by Don Mankin from a file name of:MH010189.ZIP

Fooser
May 23rd, 2017, 05:43 PM
I ran a BBS program called "Mini Host" on Tandy 1000TL without a HDD! I used to for my friends and I to play Trade Wars on it.

Boot disk and BBS on one 720K disk on A drive and TW on the B drive.


Found this: MINIHOST Copyright 1988 - by Don Mankin from a file name of:MH010189.ZIP


LOL just found this post... I know it's old but what the heck. I wrote Minhost using Borland's Turbo Pascal back in the day. It later morphed into Maxihost, then Megahost. Not very imaginative names I know, but I had a lot of fun coding it for a couple years. My first programming language. Good times, good times.

Ec1564
May 24th, 2017, 02:55 PM
That was a good simple BBS back in the days! My friends and I were big time Trade Wars players, we each had a Mini Host BBS setup to run TW.


Its good to hear from you and learn more about your program. I was curious of which programing language was used.

I think I still have the disk with the BBS on it from so long ago. Got to check......

Chuck(G)
May 24th, 2017, 03:36 PM
I've got floppies for several BBS systems. I think the last one I used before mothballing was Auntie, but I'm not certain.

At any rate, there are lots to choose from (http://software.bbsdocumentary.com/)

Fooser
May 25th, 2017, 07:18 AM
I have the source all zipped up nice and pretty. Unfortunately, I must have password protected the zip files and can't remember the password for the life of me. That'll teach ya to be anal.

Chuck(G)
May 25th, 2017, 07:24 AM
Fortunately, ZIP passwords aren't the security feature they once were. There are plenty of ZIP file password recovery utilities on the market, some free.

Fooser
May 25th, 2017, 12:31 PM
Fortunately, ZIP passwords aren't the security feature they once were. There are plenty of ZIP file password recovery utilities on the market, some free.

I've tried a few. What normally happens is that for some reason the computer needs to be rebooted before the process is done and the cracker doesn't recover from where it left off.

Chuck(G)
May 25th, 2017, 12:56 PM
You could post the file as a challenge... :)