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    Love the IRC on vintage hardware thread, so I thought I'd start a thread regarding the use of vintage systems to dial or otherwise connect to (telnet, etc.) bulletin board systems.

    The main thing I use my various vintage systems for nowadays is BBSing. Thanks to the WiFi232, it's been quite easy to do. I mainly use my Apple IIe and Amiga 1000 for BBSing, though I also use the Tandy 1000HX system I put together recently, from time to time.

    Here's my IIe in action online, at telnet BBS Gold Mine GS (hmm, haven't checked in there for a while). It's using ProTerm Special emulation, specific to the terminal program ProTerm, utilizing the extended "MouseText" character set that's part of the 128K enhanced IIe, the //c, and the IIgs.




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    Logged into Particles BBS on the Atari 520ST using the terminal program Taz, which uses a clever trick to get 16 colors in the ST's 4-color 640x200 Medium Res mode. The ST has a WiFi232 on its serial port.





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    Quote Originally Posted by blakespot View Post
    I also use the Tandy 1000HX system I put together recently, from time to time.
    In a recent video I did showing off my prototype Tandy Plus Bus expansion cards I included a brief roundup of telnet BBS splash screens that I reached using a PPP packet driver and mTCP's telnet program through a null modem cable. The telnet program seems to work amazingly well, despite the fact that otherwise EPPPD seems to not really be *quite* adequately performant on such slow hardware. But just using a terminal program instead of PPP to a host computer or something like the WiFi232 is almost certainly a better option if you don't have an Ethernet card.

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    I love to BBS on vintage machines. I also love the WarGames sticker on your window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
    In a recent video I did showing off my prototype Tandy Plus Bus expansion cards I included a brief roundup of telnet BBS splash screens that I reached using a PPP packet driver and mTCP's telnet program through a null modem cable. The telnet program seems to work amazingly well, despite the fact that otherwise EPPPD seems to not really be *quite* adequately performant on such slow hardware. But just using a terminal program instead of PPP to a host computer or something like the WiFi232 is almost certainly a better option if you don't have an Ethernet card.
    Very nice -- prototype PLUS cards. I'd love to see -- can you share the video link? Thanks.

    I ended up with the 640K RAM expansion from Tandy (which I had to purchase a whole EX setup to acquire for my HX, and not cheaply...) and then two PLUS to ISA adapters. I've got a dual 16550 UART serial card and a lotech IDE interface w/ CF card in there. Upgraded the CPU to V20, as well. I'll post as photo of the EX BBSing next.


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    BBSing on the Tandy 1000HX equipped with NEC V20, 640K, dual-16550 UART serial card, lo-tek XT-IDE controller and CF drive. WiFi232 on the serial line.



    Got the core of this system locally last December, expanded it over the next 3-4 months.


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    Sure do it all the time, on my trs-80 model 4 with a GURU Modem (Rs232C-WIFI)

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    Work : CORE2 QUAD Q9400, ASUS P5QL/EPU, 8GB DDR2-800, NVIDIA GT 720, 1TB HDD, ASUS PCE-N53 WIFI.
    Retro : Pentium II​I 1GHZ, BCM QS440B​XP, 1GB​ KIT PC-100, ATI RAGE 1​28 PRO GL ​32MB, ​80GB HDD, Netgear GA311 WIFI.
    Vintage: TRS-80 MODEL 4, 128K RAM, 1x 5.25" 360K, 1x GOTEK, 1xFreHD, GURU RS232-WIFI MODEM.

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    Great to see folks still running BBSes, and other folks actually still using them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blakespot View Post
    Love the IRC on vintage hardware thread, so I thought I'd start a thread regarding the use of vintage systems to dial or otherwise connect to (telnet, etc.) bulletin board systems.

    The main thing I use my various vintage systems for nowadays is BBSing. Thanks to the WiFi232, it's been quite easy to do. I mainly use my Apple IIe and Amiga 1000 for BBSing, though I also use the Tandy 1000HX system I put together recently, from time to time.

    Here's my IIe in action online, at telnet BBS Gold Mine GS (hmm, haven't checked in there for a while). It's using ProTerm Special emulation, specific to the terminal program ProTerm, utilizing the extended "MouseText" character set that's part of the 128K enhanced IIe, the //c, and the IIgs.

    bp
    I spy a framed Robo City on the wall. Where in the world did that come from? Was that released in a print like that at some point or did you make it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liqmat View Post
    I spy a framed Robo City on the wall. Where in the world did that come from? Was that released in a print like that at some point or did you make it?
    It's a rare one -- I've never seen another. I found it on eBay long ago.

    Here's a better shot of it, and if you page through the related photos in that gallery there are some other unusual / rare posters that I prize. Cheers.


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