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    My BBS was called nibbelbox. Operated early 90's and pretty big. 25 lines and some GB of software, pictures etc.
    It was the time most people got maybe 20-40 MB hard disks. My uncompressed file list was 20+ MB long.
    I used my own fossil driver and wrote my own graphic interface for a BBS.
    With Novell and several server my software was able to mount drives as soon as a user requested a file.
    Unfortunately I can't find ANY backup. Even no screenshot.
    Some thousand users used it but it was too much work and very costly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achimhb View Post
    My BBS was called nibbelbox. Operated early 90's and pretty big. 25 lines and some GB of software, pictures etc.
    It was the time most people got maybe 20-40 MB hard disks. My uncompressed file list was 20+ MB long.
    I used my own fossil driver and wrote my own graphic interface for a BBS.
    With Novell and several server my software was able to mount drives as soon as a user requested a file.
    Unfortunately I can't find ANY backup. Even no screenshot.
    Some thousand users used it but it was too much work and very costly.
    fido node 2:241/5302
    Attached are a couple of screenshots of mine as it was online in 1988/1989. It was nowhere near as impressive as others mentioned here. In fact it seems I've misremembered when it went offline. I thought it was due to the hard disk crash but an announcement I found said that the crash happened in February and I've copies of Mike Focke's BBS list that show it was online still into the fall. So obviously it stayed online until I moved again.
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    Collection online nonstop since May 1997: http://www.cchaven.com

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    I ran a tiny BBS in my mid teens. A dedicated phone line was expensive in the UK and beyond my means so it used ringback - don't know if anyone remembers this concept?
    A BBS caller would let the phone ring once or twice, hang up and call back whereupon the modem would take the call.
    Setting the whole thing up and tinkering with it was a lot of fun.

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    Hello to all you sysops,

    After all that is said and done.......I have a question from you all:

    Is there any practical use for a BBS today?


    ziloo

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    Yes. I believe there is.
    Rick Ethridge

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    I'm not sure about that. The Intertubes are everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Ethridge View Post
    Yes. I believe there is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I'm not sure about that. The Intertubes are everywhere.

    If you would kindly elaborate on that, it would be highly appreciated...

    ziloo

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    Yup, I ran a Multi-Player Gaming / Shareware BBS running MajorBBS / WorldGroup with a DMA Server and (24) 56K Modems and an ISDN Line - 36 CD-ROM's - MADM Gaming Server - Sirius Software Game Connection - MajorMUD - T-LORD and more, more, more.

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    I think for a practical purpose, not just for nostalgia or as a display, the main reason would be if a group didn't want the message traffic and files to be out on the 'net. Whether it be something like a camp where it allowed the exchange of things without the connection to the outside world or whatever. If the BBS supported download the QWK offline message packets users didn't even need to stay online to go thru new messages.
    Collection online nonstop since May 1997: http://www.cchaven.com

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